Skip to comments.'Tis My Bervday Today! (Vanity, duh!)
Posted on 04/23/2013 11:07:19 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
Well, here we are. I made it to 15 years today!
I've been here so long I was *never* a nOOb! But I love to meet new folks that find FR daily, so come on in, the water's purple. If you're a troll I have some kitties I'd like you to meet....
Shockingly, I got up this morning and saw I had not been suspended by the Mods, which was the case on a few of my anniversaries. Don't know how I avoided it this year, but somehow I managed...didn't avoid it a couple days before Mrs. Liberty and I tied the knot, which was pretty inconvenient because our honeymoon was spent visiting FReepers we had come to know and love. I managed to get banned so badly even Miss Slippy got the ax because we use the same IP address.
I first found FR when there was a link on Drudge, "Whitewater Files." I never could figure out why Drudge called FR that, but my first entry into Mr. Robinson's domain was...interesting. The Ash Wars were in full swing. Eschoir was stalking people. Flame wars were carried on using real fire. Viking cats were still unheard of. Heck, there was one Moderator, his name was "Jim." If you got in trouble he had an email address.
A look at a profile got you the "user number" of a FReeper (Mine is around 4,000). Don't know where you can find that anymore. (As of now, my Account page says, "You've posted a total of 105 threads and 43,189 replies." I wonder if all the threads and posts that got yanked by the Mods count in that?)
I met my eventual bride on a gun thread. We were both talking about our Remington 1100 semi-autos. We got hitched in June, 2001, before 9/11 happened and was eventually forgotten by the commies (but not by people here. We'll never forget). We also haven't forgotten our vows, we're looking at Anniversary 14 this year. We make each other very happy, and that's gotten us through interesting times, like when my undercarriage was shot and I had to have it replaced.
I remember when Lazamataz was a nOOb. He didn't hit it back then. I've seen Laz hit it later on, though. Even some things that were of dubious species, it didn't matter. He's a dear FRiend whom I've never met, but is always friendly online.
I've seen the first uses of: "I like cheese." "A moose once bit my sister!" "You need some rest." "Unngh." "Test Thread, do not Post" (Still waiting for the t-shirt). "Hobbit Hole." Ash Alerts. Keywords. And The Viking Kittehs. (Led Zep's "Immigrant Song" is an earworm that took me years to get rid of, but now it's just a ringing.) I even remember "Trixie" before she called Jim a "Mean little s***" and left the forum for her commercial venture (which I won't name because she's a meany).
Mrs. Liberty and I cruised the Bahamas with the FReepers (We left the ship cleaner than it was when we got on it), and we went to FRiva with One Particular Harbour (He is an OK guy, for a lawyer). We had lunch a couple of times with Jim, his wife and also one of his sons (not named "John"). We've had FReeper gangs at our house, too.
Well, this stroll down memory lane is making me nauseous, so I'll wrap for now, and pop in later after I've had some recovery time. This thread is going all the way to ten, I'm sure.
UT ping. Anniversary over here....
Congrats! I turned 15 on April 2.
I loves you, Babby!
Mine’s in September!
Wow a noob
Every ‘98er should do a vanity on his / her anniversary this year.
Happy anniversary! Dang...there are people on FR who are real relics of another age. Not like us young ‘uns. ;-)
WOW Congratulations! This is HUGH AND SERIES!
Are you having a cake?
Congrats from this 4.5yo FReeper!
Thanks for coming by. I was surprised I made it this far....
Ping because your name appears in the thread...ya dawg!
Thanks for ALL the pings!
Thanks for keeping Fridays tolerable.
Purty. Like you, I’m sure....
Congrats. You do realize that Al Gore had only just invented the internet when you joined FR, right? Was it in color back then?
I’ll be 12 this November.
God bless and keep you and Slip18.
Congrats from one that started lurking about them but didn’t register and post for another year.
What an amazing place it was back in that dark age. Now, we are all familiar with what power the internet has but back then, we clipped, copied, linked and found some amazing stuff and the media could not respond as fast as we could dig.
See more on Know Your Meme
Congrats, you can celebrate with all the Erf Day leftovers ;-)
Only if you set it up in your HTML code...and God save you if you forgot to close the tag! I used to post < font color=white > and leave it on just for fun. Thus was born, "The White Font of Death."
By the way, when is a Freeper officially not a “nOOb”? Five years? 1,000 posts?
Heh. "Never" unless you were never a nOOb.
Ping to one of the few who can make me feel like a nOOb....
I just looked, I’ll hit 15 on June 19. Don’t post much, reply just a little bit more, but you can bet I’m here every day.
Congrats. But I hate to be the one to tell you. The government is sending a drone after you to mark the occasion.
Life just hasn’t been the same since that tragic wheat-combine accident that claimed all my guns. It was horrible! I was going to go fishing that weekend!
By the way, when is a Freeper officially not a nOOb? Five years? 1,000 posts?
***Well, I signed up 2 months after JimRob and he called me a newbie. So I think it’s only the class of ‘97 that aren’t noobs.
There were giants in those days, Kevmo.
We used to say, “Close your Italians” rather than italics. I used that a few years ago and had to explain it. That kinda stuned my beeber.
I suppose they all ran away to be...
Deep In The Hurtgen Forest
just ahead of an...
Ash Alert because ...
GreenEyedBlonde turned out to be a man.
Yeah, the new signups don’t know what we’re talking about when we mention that stuff.
I recall the now obsolete “marquee” tag.
Bolded blinking italicised scrolling six point text, ugh.
Have you tried fishing with dynamite?
If it not have been for trading commodities, I would never have met the love of my life. My mentor was a conservative, oh, I hate myself for this, I voted for John McCain in the primary for President way back when. The friend told me to go to FreeRepublic. I did. Took me a week to get accepted into the family, but meantime, I was reading FR.
Met so many wonderful people!!! Then I met Cyber. My life has never been the same again. We married seven months after we met on FR. This is mushy, but I can’t imagine loving anyone more than I love Cyber.
I want to thank Jim, Sheila, Chris and John for all the help on FR in those days. Also would like to thank Lazamataz and Cyber for cleaning out our Word For The Day classroom after we had messed it up so badly with HTML that it couldn’t be read without a fire hose spraying it out. We definitly were noobies.
I love you, Cyber. Happy 15th FreeRepublic Anniversary!
Thank you. I love Georgio A. and Tard. Two of my most favorite characters!
That's yer anniversary present .. hope it fits, but save the receipt
Congratulations, Cyber!! You made it. No longer a noobie (well, maybe I shouldn’t go that far).
And congratulations to you and your lovely bride!!
Whoa! Anuther geezer!
98 was a GOOD year!!
My cancelled check is my receipt. But at least my telephone hardly rings anymore (thanks again, for the link to the Digitone!).