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    Senior Member Hototo's Avatar
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    Just my way of saying Thank You...

    My story begins where all others begin, at the beginning. I joined the HF family at the ripe old age of 40. I figured I would suck up what information I could regarding my ENO then move on... Little did I know what adventures lie ahead. I was immediately drawn in to a whole new world of hammock camping I never knew existed. I remember hearing about the wonder that is amsteel and thinking "this stuff must be magical"! Soon afterwards I was making my own gear, making new friends, and becoming more fascinated with the kinds of people that reside here on the forum. I have gotten more from this place than I feel I could ever repay.

    As some of you may know I whittle on some wood from time to time. One of my favorite things to make is spoons. I always seem to come home 5 pounds heavier with all the wood I collect during my hikes. Some pieces have a bit of history, and some just catch my eye. Regardless I love carving up a chunk of wood and seeing what's inside. I have offered up a few on the PIF and thought I would give everyone a chance here to win both a Bishop Bag and a trail spoon.

    Here's how...

    Tell me what keeps you a fan of the site. Can be one word, can be a book, doesn't matter to me.

    My entry would be the wonderful people I've had the pleasure of meeting here. There's something about this site that attracts the most amazing people.

    The contest will run till Sunday at midnight. I will select a winner sometime Monday afternoon. Winner will be selected at random.

    Here is the prize. A DIY blue nylon Bishop bag for your hammock. It is 10"x8" and has a brass grommet for running your suspension through. ALSO... although it is non-hammock related in nature, I am offering a ten inch hand carved spoon. Made from a walnut burl. Treated with mineral oil and weights in at a whopping .06 ounces or 18 grams without included pouch, with pouch 22 grams. Pouch is made from PU coated rip stop. If I forgot something please let me know. Mods, if I put this in the wrong place please move accordingly. Thanks for playing...

    EDIT: I forgot to mention... Due to the high cost of shipping, this contest is limited to those bound by gravity of the Planet Earth. You are now free to move about the cabin...



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    Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks...

    Mahna Mahna...

    "The more we hang, the more we have to leave in the end" -Gresh

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    Hey Hototo,

    Friendly advice,chatter and real friendship is shown on this site. We are from all over the world but share a common love.... hammocking.

    We may not know each other by our real names but we know each other by our web names. We trust each other for advice,selling and buying items. There are often give aways and items traded. For the most part everything goes well. We care about each other and freely share our views, photos, videos and advice.

    This is why I hang out here.

    Thanks for doing something like this.
    Take care,
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    All the great people here and I am constantly learning new things.
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    I am 18 with 42 years of experience.

    Hammock Hangers...taking over the world..2 trees at a time !

    Warbonnet BB 1.7 and a whole lot of other great gear from the vendors on HF

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    I tune in cuz HFers spread positive waves. They're (ya'll) are diverse, well-informed and helpful. Quick to praise, slow to find fault, that sort of thing.

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    that is an amazing piece of work!! Wow!!

    the postman delivered me a cherrywood spoon today.

    Hototo has some excellent craftsmanship!

    Get in on this!!

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    it never ceases to amaze me the things I learn on here everyday....
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    seemed to me to be static things.
    In physical terms, I move through them;
    yet in metaphysical ones,
    they seem to move through me. -
    John Fowles


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    Well, there are a few things that keep around. First and most importantly, the people. Old and new, I can always learn something. I also like to give back. If a question is asked, and I think I have an answer, I'll give it. I read a lot of threads, and just don't have anything more to add, so I just click off with no response. It's nice to watch others learn, as I have. Things are always changing, people coming up with new idea (grrr @ Dutch).......RR
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    I enjoy the wealth of information shared by others on the site. Almost everyone seems willing to help and does so without attitude.

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    For me, it's about threads like this - or at least the impetus behind it.

    And before you just think I'm sucking up, let me explain ... it's not about the free stuff, or what's given - but about the spirit of community that makes people want to give back. And the place (Hammockforums) that brings that out in us.

    In my time here, I've seen people fall on hard times and have members offer to help out by sending them gear till they get back on their feet. I've seen members have their stuff stolen or vandalized, and other members rally and donate money to buy them new gear. I've seen people have their houses damaged by natural disasters and other members go lend a hand in clean up and rebuilding. Countless random acts of gifting, paying it forward, members always willing to lend their time, knowledge, and personal resources to oftentimes complete strangers - hardly a week goes by without something like this happening.

    There's something about this place - maybe it's the fact that it's devoted to the hammock, which at it's heart is a device made for hanging out in (pun intended) - that fosters a sense of camaraderie and giving that I've never encountered anywhere else on the 'intarwebz'. Some days I only have time to come on and check the for sale threads and trip reports, some days I just check on what DIY projects are going on, and some days I spend hours checking out a multitude of sub forums ... but I can't remember more then a day or two in the past 2+ years that I haven't spent at least some time here.

    This community loves to share with each other - whether it's knowledge, friendship, entertainment, physical goods, or just a confirmation that there are still decent people out there. And that makes you want to be around it, and participate in it, as much as possible.

    Cheers, and good on you for doing this.

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    No matter whether we on two feet, two wheels, or on water....we all love the wilderness, and enjoying it from a hammock. I love the family feel of HF. Oh....and I can ask a dumb question and receive awesome advice in return
    "We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love.... and then we return home."
    Australian Aboriginal Proverb

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    Hototo I am pretty sure if you are looking for a variety of answers you may be disappointed. I believe that the resounding answer you will hear is the people. The knowledge, diversity and lastly the generosity here in the forums. I have found nowhere on and offline a better group of people who are more willing to help another guy/gal out.

    By the way that is one fantastic spoon.
    Husband, Father, and Friend.
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