To Simple Guy - I'm real glad you're still with us. You are making so many contributions to this board and I would feel terrible if you left. And I know this feeling is shared by many here. You are another one of the teachers I talked about in my opening commentary for the New Year.
And regarding the recent difficulties here, Rich couldn't have said it better (from last night's Mark To Market):
Which ties right in with my opening AM commentaries of Monday and Tuesday this week. Remember, my friends, EGO is an acronym for Edge God Out. Obeying the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have others do unto you will go a long way towards keeping peace in the family.
Rich in moderator mode.
We lose good people because sometimes we get careless in our interactions. There are a lot of giant egos around here. That's to be expected from us. What we all need to do is keep it under control. Pointing out that someone was wrong, talking down to other stoolies or generally acting superior will cause trouble. Care must be taken. Control must be exercised. We are supposed to be adults. In order to maintain what we have here we must work at it. Just like a relationship with a partner. Some of us have thick skins, some thin. And remember on the internet no one can see your facial expressions or body language. Use smiley faces to take the edge off.
Sorry for being preachy.
p.s. This is not directed at anyone in particular.
And finally, I'm real glad that I can once again come to town when it's daylight. I missed hanging out with you guys and gals!