Welcome to the bump to end all bumps. I encourage everyone to read through this thread to get an idea of what life was like at the cafe nearly 2 1/2 years ago.
Here are some of the highlights:
I announced my presence at the cafe with an unpopular disdain for Lance Armstrongs; while he may not be the most beloved athlete of these times, he was the most beloved of those times... long before Floyd Landis or steroids even mattered in any sport... back when every frat guy in your college wore a yellow bracelet proclaiming their love for "living strong" to fight cancer despite the fact that anywhere wearing such bracelet nowadays is likely to get a wedgie. Yes, a wedgie.
I'd encourage any cafe fan to read through; you'll see it all. Former members (AtrophyingTesticles [later downgraded to "AT" since Testicles came under the scrutiny of the Cafe's language guidelines] debating me on the merits of such bracelets with a heartfelt story. Wrveres, doing what he does... completeing hating everything and everyone, particularly me. And, well, it's no wonder he was banned from GT long, long, LONG ago. Red Stripe, a respected member of the FBC community who was eventually outed as nothing more than the loathsome "Rico the Retard" perhaps the most hated of FBC members since the early days of Coppermine; I find his scornful commentary the hardest to digest.
Wrveres; he hates everyone. OK, maybe not everyone, but everyone who doesn't agree with him 120%. Ok, anyone who doesn't agree with him 10,000,000%. He was banned from GT long, long, long ago and, in my estimation... for good reason. He hated literally everyone that wasn't himself. And people liked that, and to be honest, so did I. Anger and hatred is fun, but sometimes it gets a little too intense for GT.
Acsguitar has some words; as a self-proclaimed Lance Armstrong lover, acsguitar attacked me with the gusto of wrveres (or, in misspelled terms, werewolves). Acsguitar is alive and well, but banned from General Talk for all time for saying Mike Mussian should shoot himself... or something equally ridiculous.
The most striking thing, looking back through these posts, is how much more leniency was given toward creative, opinionated, discussion. It never got out of hand, or unreasonably flaming. Yeah, people used words that are very much frowned upon in today's GT boards, but it strikes me as odd that we've actually taken a step back in General Talk, rather than forward. Are "testicles" and "assholes" really end-of-the-world things to say? Because it used to be ok? But not anymore.
I'd just encourage everyone to look through this discussion, if not for the fun of it all. Because it is fun; that's all it's supposed to be. Take a trip and see how much fun it was to remember Coppermine and his ridiculous, unbelievable, unapologetic disdain for Lance Armstrong....
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....