" The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."
ďThe measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.Ē ~Wayne Dyer
Shug, I think friends is the wrong word for this place. You are the rock star of the group and everybody knows you but for the most part the rest of us are just working stiffs. I looked up "camping stoves" on youtube last year and found your videos. Now my son calls you unlce Shug and asks everyday if there is a video. I have hammocks,tarp,bug nets and whoopies sling all thanks to you. But I think friends help each other and I don't believe I have really added anything to your life, maybe we should use a new term,,,, not followers but students maybe. I don't know but I don't think I've earned "friend"!
I suppose we all came here looking for information on hammock camping. That keeps us here for a while until we learn enough to go do it. However, the ones that stay, have recognized the much larger value of these forums. That is the bonds between the people.
I don't know what the friend designation in the forum software means, but I surely do know what it means when sitting around a campfire with them, thanks to this forum.
That can be a virtual campfire as well, as I read the posting of a campfire located 1000's of miles away, I know what the smoke smells like and I know what the banter sounds like and I know what the camaraderie feels like.
My prayers include members who are suffering through the trials of life. My heart melts when I see their small children bundled up in a hammock next to their parents.
I don't need the software to tell me that I have friends here.
"Life is a Project!"
- Loki my videos
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." ó John Muir
I do not get the whole *friend* thing. I don't need to get somebody's permission to read their post so why would I bother? OTOH I expect I will hit some group activities as my body permits and that might lead to finding some real friends.
Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)
*shrug* I just take a friend request as a compliment. That is what I intend when I issue one.
It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
Maybe they will be back. I know I can go a month without posting because life just got that busy. I think they always come back. Or you could just bombard the with private messages until they respond, I know mine gets forwarded to my personal email...