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Valura
Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:If It wasnt for hop I wouldnt have met my husband.

If it wasnt for hop I wouldnt have my angel of a son.

If it wasnt for hop Flynty wouldnt be napping on my couch right now.

If it wasnt for hop I would have no idea what a wibble is.

If it wasnt for hop I wouldnt have so many friends in all courners of the world.

If it wasnt for hop I wouldnt have amazing plans for our family to visit the Yookay.

If it wasnt for hop I wouldnt have such a skewed view of icecream.

Im so thankful for hop....
There seems to be so much discord about Hop at the moment, and a little bit of Old skool vs New skool... but when its stripped right down and the politics are removed from it, Hop has changed my life in so many positive ways, and Im damn appreciative of it...

This is a thread so that people can tell us about their "if it wasnt for hop" stuff. Please dont bring any politics or rants in here, lets just appreciate the fact that we are lucky to have hop and all the selfless beautiful people who give it to us and work on it on a daily basis.

ubblove


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...
Member Since: 26th May 2004
Total posts: 10530
Posted:ubblove biggrin

If it wasn't for HoP, I woudln't have met some of the bestest, most fantastic people ever. biggrin

I wouldn't have improved my staffing. I'd still be all "What the hell is contact?"

I wouldn't go "Gah! Damn yooooooooou" every time somebody said "I just lost"

I wouldn't know the hidden beauty of tiger balm.


The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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TheBovrilMonkey
TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 2629
Posted:*hugs Valura*

If it wasn't for hop, I'd never have been able to do that in person smile


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Gidg
Gidg

Super Gidg!!!!
Location: Portland Oregon USA
Member Since: 11th Apr 2003
Total posts: 8506
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP ...



I wouldn't have ever picked up a fire poi.



I wouldn't have picked up a staff, let alone balance it on my head.



I wouldn't have known anything about fire fans.



I wouldn't have frozen my tush off in Berlin just to play with fire.



I wouldn't have developed friendships from all around the world.



I wouldn't have taken a trip to Australia.



I wouldn't be planning a trip to the UK.



I wouldn't be planning another trip to Australia.



I wouldn't have discovered the amazing group of fire dancers and drummers here in my home town.



I wouldn't have more friends saying "Go for it Gidg!" instead of "You can't do that."



I wouldn't be planning a trip to the East Coast.

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Growing old is mandatory; growing up is NOT.
Proud member of the HoP DPS.
Sanity is a highly overrated state of mind.
I'm normal ... it's everyone else that's crazy.

Gidg

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP:

I wouldn't have met some wonderful people and be lucky enough to have one of them working right near me hug

I wouldn't have had my imagination challenged enough to make me want to design things with metal and kevlar eek ubblol

thanks Malcolm, Flash, Dom, pyrolific, Pele and Charles
hug clap clap clap juggle


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Asena
Asena

What a Bummer
Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2005
Total posts: 3224
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP:

"I wouldn't have ever picked up a fire poi." Right there with you Gidg

I wouldn't have spent loads of money on fire spinning toys smile

I wouldn't have met some crazy people who make me laugh loads hug

I wouldn't know what a Zombie is (the drink, not the corpse thing)

I wouldn't be stuck in "the game" and wouldn't have just lost seeing as FRD wrote it first frown


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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:If it wasn't for hop i'd still can't believe it's not butter.

Laugh Often, Smile Much, Post lolcats Always

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:If it wasn't for HOP I'd never have met the one man in the world who can be more random than me. *looks at above post*

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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roarfire
roarfire

comfortably numb
Location: The countryside
Member Since: 8th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2676
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have the great friends I have

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't be going to New Zealand with one smile


.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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KaelGotRice
KaelGotRice

Basu gasu bakuhatsu - because sometimes buses explode
Location: Angel's Landing, USA
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 1584
Posted:If it weren't for HoP I wouldn't know how to be happy.

smile


To do: More Firedrums 08 video?
Wildfire/US East coast fire footage
LA/EDC glow/fire footage
Fresno fire

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Bird
Bird

now available in "advanced"
Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 25th Aug 2003
Total posts: 6086
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP, I'd have missed out on countless hug s



If it wasn't for HoP, I'd not have so many special people in my life.



If it wasn't for HoP, I'd not have met my lady.



If it wasn't for HoP, I'd not have a huge list of beautiful people that I'm yet to meet!



If it wasn't for HoP, there wouldn't be quite so many disturbing photos of me on the internet! wink



Thankyou to everyone who's made HoP the place it is!


My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Gayle......!
Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol !!!!!!
Member Since: 9th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2444
Posted:Written by: Bird

If it wasn't for HoP, there wouldn't be quite so many disturbing photos of me on the internet! wink




Don't know what you mean wink

If it wasn't for HoP i wouldn't have made so many good friends.

If it wasn't for HoP i wouldn't know the true meaning of "ping".

If it wasn't for HoP i wouldn't have realised that my dreams were possible.


Gayle.....!

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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:if it wasnt for HoP i wouldnt have to adelaide last year
if it wasnt for HoP i wouldnt have gone to brisbane this year
if it wasnt for HoP i wouldnt have soo many of my really good friends
if it wasnt for HoP Flynt wouldnt have taught me to snuggle
if it wasnt for HoP i wouldnt be able to stick a screwdriver 7cm into my nose (good or bad thing, you decide)

if it wasnt for HoP id be a completely different person to who i am today.

cheers, pete hug kiss


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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Sethis
Sethis

Pooh-Bah
Location: York University
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 1762
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't be the University's only resident Fire Breather.

If it wasn't for HoP than I wouldn't be learning the Matrix, and other sh!t hot moves!

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have started staff spinning, and therefore would not have joined the University juggling society, and therefore (finally!) would not have met literally the best friend I have ever known!

If it wasn't for HoP I'd never have had Kyrian round so much, and that would have been a bad thing wink

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't know what "Goldschlager" was biggrin

I've actually just realised the way in which HoP has changed my life for the better... it's let me make contact with so many great people... Thanks for posting Valura! hug

Thank you Mods for making this a place I love to hang around in! hug kiss


After much consideration, I find that the view is worth the asphyxiation.
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I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

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jo_rhymes
jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops
Member Since: 10th Apr 2005
Total posts: 4525
Posted:hug Valura ubblove
If it wasnt for hop I'd be spending a lot less time on the internet :P,
But I wouldn't have met so many amazing HoPpers who I love very much!! ubblove
Let's have a group hug!! peace ubblove ubblove ubblove biggrin hug hug hug kiss kiss grouphug heart sunny hug2 bounce2 hug bounce kiss ubblove


Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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Skulduggery
Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
Posted:If it wasn't for Hop:-



I wouldn't have met some of the people I now class as dearest life long friends.



I wouldn't have the strong desire to over come my fear of flying so I can go and meet many more people I wish to have as life long friends.



I wouldn't have met Gayle who forced me to find out that swinging balls of fire around my head could give me such a buzz.



I wouldn't have met so many talented people that I admire hugely.



My faith in human nature would still be at a bit of a low ebb. Never have I met so many people that offer to help out someone (sometimes without having met that person) just because they know they are in trouble and need. It was an astounding feeling.



I would never have thought that meeting people off the net could be, not only a safe thing to do, but a positive thing too.



I wouldn't have known that there are so many ubbangel s, Pixies, and Faeries all over the world spreading their love and kindness.



Spinning poi has changed my life for the better, HoP enhances that change.







Thank you to Malcolm and all the team for all the work you put in to keep this place going. grouphug



Thank you Valura for starting this thread. As always your beautiful, bright, loving light is beaming out and making the world a better place to live in! hug You truely are a made of sunny


Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!

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Hanz
Hanz

veteran
Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia
Member Since: 7th Jun 2004
Total posts: 1328
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP:
I doubt I would still be attempting Poi, I would have given up by now
I would never have met some of the best people alive
I probably wouldnt be as open to such a wide variety of ideas


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Zauberdachs
Zauberdachs

enthusiast
Location: The village of Edinburgh
Member Since: 28th Jul 2004
Total posts: 220
Posted:if it wasn't for HOP there probably wouldn't be this great community of spinners round the world.

If it wasn't for HOP when you go to festivals or conventions and you get chatting to someone and they say "i'm so and so from HOP" and you can go straight from stangers to knowing each other quite well smile


The insults of your enemy are a tribute to your bravery wink

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simian
simian

110% MONKEY EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME JUST CANT STOP THE MONKEY
Location: London
Member Since: 11th Oct 2002
Total posts: 3149
Posted:if it wasn't for HOP, i'd get a lot more done at work

"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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Flynt
Flynt

Intrepid Penguin

Member Since: 12th May 2002
Total posts: 5635
Posted:If it wasnt for HoP, I'd be living in tasmania, doing a job that made me miserable, instead of finally finding a home in melbourne, with flatmates whom I adore, starting my own business.

If it wasnt for HoP, my life would not have been blessed by many amazing, inspiring and loving individuals that continue to grace my life.

If it wasnt for HoP, I would not have grown as much as I have, as an individual, by finally accepting my differences, and the things that make me unique as a person (starting with firespinning).

If it werent for HoP, I'd have given up spinning a long time ago, and would be convinced that in spinning, as so many other things previously, I was a failure. I owe so much of my self esteem to HoP and the support network I've found here.

ubblove


Currently on the right side up of the world.

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Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:If it wasnt for HoP, i wouldnt have baked 5 trays of brownies for complete strangers.

If it wasn't for HoP, me and Cantus wouldn.t have got whiplash on the way to Clapham

If it wasn't for HoP, I would never have met some of the nicest, most talented, modest, friendliest, kindest, loveable people.

If it wasn't for HoP, I wouldn'e have got over my mum's death as well as I have

If it wasn't for HoP, I wouldnt have the fear of Badgers that I do now...


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TinklePants
TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr
Member Since: 3rd Jul 2005
Total posts: 4217
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't be posting this right now
If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't know what I was missing out on (meetastically speaking)
If it wasn't for HoP UCOF would have never had my toffees posted to him
If it wasn't for HoP Mynci and LilMissSmartyPants wouldn't be an item
If it wasn't for HoP I'd have no fun
If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have spun fire in front of 10,000 people last november
If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have spun my fluffies today on the Castle Grounds
If it wasn't for HoP I'd have never found a fourth use for socks (the second is to use them to wipe up wee spillages next to my PC, the third is to make hand puppets)
If it wasn't for HoP I'd have like three or four friends. I now have dozens - yay!
bounce


Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP I would still be a shy quiet person too scared to go out and do things

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't be living in Bristol.

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have coped with my "bad period" in 2002.

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't be in tears thinking about how much HoP has helped me.

If it wasn't for HoP I don't know what or where I would be. I grew up on HoP. I learnt about life through HoP. I learnt to view the world differently. I learnt to be open, i learnt to be who i am.


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Dr_Molly
Dr_Molly

Pooh-Bah
Location: Away from home
Member Since: 4th May 2004
Total posts: 2354
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP, I wouldn't be writing this from New York ubblove

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Seye
Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:Written by: Zauberdachs

If it wasn't for HOP when you go to festivals or conventions and you get chatting to someone and they say "i'm so and so from HOP" and you can go straight from stangers to knowing each other quite well smile


I've yet to experience this from HOP (except my chance meeting with frodo in a station) but its always the best thing about large online communities.
I expect to meet a lot more HOP members this summer biggrin

Oh and back on topic...
If it wasn't for HOP I wouldnt have had a fire spin in Manchester yet.


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Posted:If it wasn't for HoP, I might not have met my wife.

If it wasn't for HoP, I might not have met so many wonderful people.

If it wasn't for HoP, I might not have found out about Tribe.net

If it wasn't for HoP, I might not be currently living in Australia.

If it wasn't for HoP, I might have read more books.

If it wasn't for HoP, I might have spent more time focusing on my then job, and have become an executive in the company.

If it wasn't for HoP, I might have used my free time to find that solution to the cold fusion mystery. tongue


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Gnor
Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814
Posted:Amazing I started a "Why I love this board" for our local board yesterday.

HOPs given me so much. Mostly love and warmth and people that help me enjoy life. ubblove
Its given me much quicker typing skills as it helped me discover MSN ( but my spelling is MUCH much worse now)
Its driven me to better computer literacy to support my HOP habit.
Its always a place to come when I cant sleep and need to chill for an hour before going back to bed
Its a place full of people with different veiwpoints to expand me in a non threatening way
Its a place thats driven me demented just recently then helped me back on track. Thanks guys. ubbloco
I meet lovely new people as they travel ubbrollsmile
It gave me CG..where I met so many wonderful people!!! kiss
so many things I have forgotten....


Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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oli
not with cactus
Location: bristol/ southern eastern devo...
Member Since: 24th Jul 2003
Total posts: 2052
Posted:i wouldnt have learnt so much stuff, done so much stuff, or met so many people, seen so many things .. but who knows?

Me train running low on soul coal
They push+pull tactics are driving me loco
They shouldn't do that no no no

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Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 6th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1785
Posted:If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have spent so many weekends last year in random fields having fun with fantastic people

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have have found so many lovely loony people who i feel so comfortable and happy around

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have learnt so much about myself and what i want from life.

If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't have challenged myself to learn so many new things

If it wasn't for HoP there wouldn't be a fraggle in my kitchen making me tea ubblove

Thank you HoP! grouphug


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Fine_Rabid_Dog
Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...
Member Since: 26th May 2004
Total posts: 10530
Posted:"If it wasn't for HoP I wouldn't know what "Goldschlager" was biggrin "

biggrin biggrin biggrin That stuff is goooooooooood smile ubblove

"If it wasn't for HoP I would still be a shy quiet person too scared to go out and do things"

This as well. Since I've been going to meets and stuff, my self confidence has increased somewhat smile


The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:And a comedy note to this serious thread:

If it wasn't for HoP i would never have discoverd just how demented and terrifying public schoolboys can be wink


ohmygodlaserbeamspewpewpew!
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