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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Topics' started by SabineP, Aug 12, 2017 at 10:44 PM.

  1. SabineP

    SabineP Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Of course no forummember must feel obliged to keep posting here. Real life is much more important than this virtual place...although very real too.

    I do wonder though how the much appreciated " oldies " are doing and if they are walking new ( Camino ) roads.

    So if any of you guys hear from @Smallest_Sparrow and @Wokabaut_Meri ( amongst others ) : tell them they are missed. :)
     
  2. dougfitz

    dougfitz Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Good point. I also miss Mark Lee's pregmatism. He seems to have left the forum, which seems to me quite a shame.
     
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  3. C clearly

    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I had some disagreements with Mark, mainly about bedbugs, but was sorry to see that he had left.
     
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    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    If you are missing a missing member...why not drop them a private message and tell them their posts are missed.
     
  5. peregrina2000

    peregrina2000 Moderator Staff Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    So funny you should mention this! A recent discussion that brought up an old Salvador thread on the Puerto de Pajares made me miss @Susannafromsweden and @GunnarW, both of whom became good cyber friends (and who taught me all I know about the GPS -- in fact, once when I was all alone on the Olvidado and couldn't figure it out, Gunnar called me from Belgium, if you can believe that -- but I digress)

    I just wrote them both to see how they were doing. Susana has given up on walking in Spain and focuses her attention on the north of Sweden. She is one serious camper, having dehydrated all her own food and bought some fancy 1.1 kilo tent. No recent news from Gunnar, but I do miss them!
     
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  6. Kanga

    Kanga Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    I think people come and go - and then come back. It does depend on what is happening in life. I joined the forum when it was young, but took a very long sabbatical. Then I went back to dreaming about and eventually walking the camino again, and coming back to the forum was a natural.
     
  7. Camino Chris

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    I wondered about that myself, but then thought if they are no longer logging in to their account or viewing the forum posts, then how would they know a PM was waiting for them?
     
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  8. Rick M

    Rick M Active Member

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    If someone sends me or you a message through the forum, it shows up in our main email account provided when we registered. This keeps your main email hidden from other users. As long as that email address is still being used by a member, they should get it!
     
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  9. rba

    rba New Member Donating Member

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    Looking for a Lady from Texas I walked with,are you part of this forum?
     
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  10. C clearly

    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member

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    If they have deleted their accounts and show up as "Guests" then I expect they will not get PMs. Maybe some of them occasionally go online, to view this public forum, so they might read this thread.
     
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  11. Camino Chris

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    Thank you! I didn't know PM's were tied in to our email. That's good to hear!
     
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    I miss Mark Lee's, ha, ha, ha's.
     
  13. SabineP

    SabineP Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I first did that and no response. Therefore this general post because it could be possible that members were in contact by other means.
     
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  14. SabineP

    SabineP Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Never shows up in my e mail account.
    Always have to log in here.
     
  15. Anemone del Camino

    Anemone del Camino Camino addict

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    Perhaps if your settings are to receive email notifications, otherwise no emails.
     
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  16. C clearly

    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I'm not sure this is true. It depends on whether you have indicated that you want to get PM notifications by email. I don't. My PMs show up only when I log into the forum and see the flag by my name in the upper right.
     
  17. dougfitz

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    I do remember!
     
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    Mark usually walks in July/August or is my memory playing tricks? Hoping he's on the camino having a great time.
     
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  19. Rick M

    Rick M Active Member

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    Well ladies, I DO get emails from PM's via the forum server. Must be all the clean living, or perhaps my sunny disposition, or maybe I'm just plain clairvoyant.
     
  20. Anemone del Camino

    Anemone del Camino Camino addict

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    I would be more willing to bet it's your settings.
     
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    KinkyOne Veteran Member

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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    I missed a few also. @MarkLee is surely one of them.

    I have speak or exchange e-mails with some of existing forum members and one thing came out. Sometimes we, the forum or it's core members are seen as a kind of a sect. I haven't really discuss that with anyone of them so I can't tell exactly what this "sectarianism" badge is all about. I can imagine though. OTOH if there weren't any rules or at least points of common values this forum would die as have many others.

    The complaints were for "both sides". New members in a first post sometimes even without usual courtesy of saying Hello asking questions that are very easily accessible not only on this forum but also on the WWW (like "how to get from Biarritz to SJPdP") and OTOH experienced members don't really explaining the procedure and just posting the links to timetables etc.

    I don't know what to say really... Just kind of sad as I like this community very much!
     
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    KinkyOne Veteran Member

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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    Depends from which members.
    You surely can't get PMs from non-members or guests which we are talking about here (as former members).
     
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  23. wayfarer

    wayfarer Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    I miss Vicrev, he had a good sense of humour.
     
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  24. SabineP

    SabineP Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Yes I too am in contact through FB , Instagram and regular mails with ( former ) forummembers who do not post on this forum for various reasons.
    MY OP was not meant in a " stalking " way but was just a curiuos wondering how those others are doing.
     
  25. KinkyOne

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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    But wouldn't it be interesting to gather the info why are they become EX-forum members???
     
  26. SabineP

    SabineP Veteran Member Donating Member

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    No, I don't need to know. And I certainly would not want that it be discussed on an open forum.
    Some gave me their reasons and that conversation is between them and me. Or should be discussed here through PM.

    And the members I mentioned in OP are still members no "EX" or " deleted ".
     
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    Interesting thread, Sabine - thanks for starting it. I miss @Smallest_Sparrow and a few others too. I suppose we all come and go to some extent, depending on the time of year and our other commitments. I know that I'm at my most prolific when in my office and working at a computer (the forum is always so much more interesting than the project I'm supposed to be working on!).

    New voices are good too; each year some newbies return to the forum after their Camino and add to the collective wealth of experience. Maybe that's the natural turnover of any forum; people come and go, but the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
     
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    SabineP Veteran Member Donating Member

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    My fondest memories here are the talks about issues of life/ inner thoughts/ what drives a person to walk a Camino.
     
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    I think it depends on your personal settings. I disabled all the alerts because there were just too many.
     
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    I certainly was grateful to the forum before and after .... I hope to go again ..... I love the newbies concerned posts because I was one of them ... then ... been there done that .... just go .... happy to pass that on
     
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    I think the forum reflectes the pilgrims that walk the Camino. In 2004 when the forum started, pilgrims were different... the forum as well.

    It is normal that people move on from the forum. If/when this happens I hope they got something useful out of their time here.

    Buen camino!
    Ivar
     
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    A while ago, I realized Mark Lee had not posted in a while, and searched for his name. His profile etc. changed to “Guest”. I assumed he changed his status, and moved on. He did have a sense of humor.
     
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    Some gone to camino in sky.
     
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    Okay, now my curiosity is piqued! What could that disagreement have been about? Permethrin or no? I searched for his old posts and could not find this fascinating disagreement!

    I know that on occasion, members become disgruntled about issues and just decide to leave--I have had three people confide their reasons to me. I think that on occasion, it takes a hardy (hearty?) soul to bear up under internet scrutiny.

    I've found this forum to be the place for information. For travelers and pilgrims, and would-be's, this is the place! It's got something for everyone. The range of characters here is out of this world, too.
     
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    Some have posted here to say goodbye (which I found helpful) but were then given IMO unkind posts asking why they had bothered. Not helpful. Made me wonder if I would post if taking a rest/leaving etc.....
    PMs work fine until someone becomes a guest, at which point I assume that Ivar will have deleted their link up - so PMs wil no longer work.
    I always get an email when I have been PMd
    I miss Al the Optimist's posts, among others ....
     
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    Then....there are some who are not missed..
     
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  37. Anemone del Camino

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    What ever happened to the woman who had built a mule out of a shopping cart and was going to fundraise with it but was afraid dogs would pee on it? :D
     
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    Nothing very earth-shattering or controversial I'm afraid :) Mark never had any major problems with bedbugs himself and he argued that a lot of posts on the subject were exaggerations and paranoia. Those who had been on the receiving end of bedbugs tended to disagree!
     
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    Kinky I think this is a timely reminder to all of us that we need to welcome new members and do whatever we can to help them find their feet.
     
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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    No, no, no Sabine, I certainly didn't mean that we should know and tag each member that left the forum with the reason for leaving. I was thinking more about sort of statistics of reasons to leave.
     
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    dougfitz Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Not really. I somehow doubt that there would be a complete understanding of what is likely to be a complex decision in the first instance, and in the second, what could, or would, we do about it?
     
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    First off, personally I've never encountered a bedbug anywhere.
    But a good friend was almost eaten alive (yes I'm exaggerating)
    at a very nice hotel in Atlantic City last year. There was no way I could reason with him to go back to that hotel anytime soon.
    He did go back eventually on his own accord but it took about eight months for him to get over it.
     
  44. Annie Little

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    Ivar , you hope people get something useful from the forum ? :D
    That's like asking is the Pope a Catholic ?
    There is not anyone here that isn't grateful for the forum .
     
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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    That's exactly the reason I thought about it, Doug. If we would know the main reason(s) maybe the forum rules might change a bit (although I think they are really very good for now) or at least to bring that to attention to majority of members to act accordingly.
    Well, it was just a thought...
     
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    kirkie Member

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    !aw,
    I wanted to post the feet symbol but no luck...
     
  47. dougfitz

    dougfitz Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Ivar runs the forum the way he wants to. I write to him when I have something to say about the rules and their application. If you think that the rules are okay, then you don't need to do anything. If Ivar is collecting this data, he might make changes, but I cannot see that the departure of one or two members is going to make any difference - the inertia is too great.
     
  48. KinkyOne

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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    OK, OK, I'm removing myself from this discussion.
    Mods, please feel absolutely free to delete all of my posts in this thread as it is obvious that they don't add anything to the future of this forum :cool:
     
  49. hel&scott

    hel&scott Active Member

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    Can some one clarify for me what a Veteran Member is, is this age or experence rated?

    Must read the shopping cart mule post sounds a hoot, I guess I missed it during my break from the forum. Ivar is right when he says some of us move on when they get what they want from the forum, but then some of us come back.
     
  50. kirkie

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    For everything/one there is a season...
     
  51. SabineP

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    And I like it very much how this thread keeps being civilised and constructive.
     
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    Bradypus Antediluvian

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    I'm open to correction on this one but I think the automatic label "Veteran Member" that appears under someone's forum name and avatar is linked to the number of posts you have made. But I believe in the context of this thread the term is being used more loosely for people who have been members of the forum for quite a long time.
     
  53. Camino Chris

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    Last February, after becoming a forum member for only a month, all of a sudden I was turned into a "guest" and was totally locked out of the forum and my avatar was changed to a generic "question mark". I was totally baffled. Through googling and finding an email address for Kanga, she helped me and eventually I had to reenter myself as a new member again with a different password, with Ivar's approval, even though the rules say only one account per person. He had no idea how or why this had happened to me...so when Mark Lee has been switched to "guest" we really don't know if it was of his own doing. I really miss his posts and comments, too!
     
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  54. alexwalker

    alexwalker Forever Pilgrim Donating Member

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    (2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
    (2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
    (2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
    Many veterans are still in here.;) But people come and go. It is a matter of time in their lives, so to speak. All is well: If the forum can help people at a certain point; great. Then let them loose.

    And then there are the forum junkies, who need a fix regurlarly. I guess I am one of them.
     
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  55. Anemone del Camino

    Anemone del Camino Camino addict

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    Actually, neither. It's a self attributed title. Want to join the "elite"? Go to your profile tab on the top right of the screen, then click on Personal Details, and in the third section, custom title, you can declare yourself a veteran, or Camino Queen. It's what ever you want it to be.
     
  56. hel&scott

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    Nah, I kinda like being "active" as it makes me think that I'm still up to another walk.
     
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  57. grayland

    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    Maybe when @Mark Lee reappears after his hiatus...he can use the "Missing Veteran" title. Very appropriate!
     
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  58. rappahannock_rev

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    I, too, took a long sabbatical after a moderator (who shall remain nameless) censored one of my posts quite unfairly, IMHO. But, with time, I got over it.... I'm no saint, but I do try very hard to live in imitation of one whose property was/is always to have mercy!

    And, having never stopped thinking about walking the Camino, I simply could not stay away -- coming back to the Forum was as necessary for me as it was, evidently, for you. There's simply nothing else like it, eh?! So - Pax! And should we meet along the Way the drinks will be on me. :)
     
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    jsalt Jill Donating Member

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    It changes automatically to Veteran Member after so many posts, unless you have filled in the Custom Title under your Avatar yourself.
    Jill
     
  60. wayfarer

    wayfarer Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    When you join you are shown as a new member, after so many posts you become an active member and after so many more you become a veteran member. I can't remember the number of posts involved in each stage and as Jill states you can fill in your own custom title if you so choose.
     
  61. jsalt

    jsalt Jill Donating Member

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    I remember seeing when @CaminoDebrita became a Veteran Member before she had walked her first camino :D:p:cool:
    Jill
     
  62. CaminoDebrita

    CaminoDebrita Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I did not change it myself.

    Buen Camino de la Vida :cool::p:D
     
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    jsalt Jill Donating Member

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    I realised that at the time :):rolleyes:
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    jsalt Jill Donating Member

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    About the same time I also noticed that the number of posts increased from 700 to 1,000 (I think) before an Active Member was automatically changed to a Veteran Member :rolleyes:
    Jill
     
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  65. grayland

    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    Just to alleviate any suspicion of nefarious doings in the background...moderators have no authority to tweak the software.
    We are always as unaware and surprised as everyone else.
     
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  66. simply B

    simply B member Donating Member

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    Speaking only for myself, I can understand the "sect" perception of some. I suspect that it might arise in that population of posters:

    - impatient for the "right" answers
    - seemingly requiring a "perfect" experience (because, you know, they're spending money for it)

    But that is just a guess.

    Personally, I backed off even my usual limited rate of contribution when I started to notice a lot of "locked" threads upon signing in some months back. Embarrassingly, I even got sucked into one that was going pear-shaped. (Thankfully, a mod stopped me from making it too much worse.) I realized that my post wasn't the real "me" (or the one I hope to become) and it was a very far stray from the Camino spirit that I love, so I took a time out.

    Now, there are so many of the "core" here answering new questions so quickly that I have nothing really to add at the time I could log on.

    So, yes, I love the community as well but will likely be part of it in spirit more than actual participation.

    B
     
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  67. Kanga

    Kanga Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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    We don't lock threads capriciously. Generally members don't see the nasty posts because we remove them or edit them once we become aware of them. If we have locked a post it is because it became too difficult to moderate. Which is a pity because I love to give people the chance to talk camino; to ask and answer questions, to share their concerns, fears and joys. My immediate family has banned "camino talk" so I have to get my dose somewhere!
     
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  68. hel&scott

    hel&scott Active Member

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    For many years we basked in the silent glory of having "walked across Spain" and didn't have to talk about it, then one of the kids read our blog and decided that instead of being hard core pilgrims, we had merely "walked between bars" and that that Camino had been some sort of long pub crawl... This also explained, in their minds at least, why we kept on disappearing for a couple of months every few years. Then they walked their own Caminos, this led to a few strange phone calls when they got lost and would ring for directions to get back on the way. While it has given us all a new set of shared experiences, oddly extended family are not that interested in discussing why the albergue is always on the hill above the village, blister prevention, the meaning of life, pack weights and the oddities of road signage.
     
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  69. simply B

    simply B member Donating Member

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    @Kanga -

    Oh, dear! It was not my intent to suggest that the mods locking threads was off-putting.

    Rather, I was disappointed by the number of threads that justifiably required locking. A Camino forum just seemed like a strange place to go looking for a fight. In N. America we have ice hockey for that sort of entertainment.

    Carry on,

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