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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Every now and then I've taken a break from HoP. It's been nice. And then nice to come back.

I thought it'd be nice to have a thread where folks can sign off for a period of time. Even nice if folks needed to get something done and signed off so we can all help them stay focused (from writing a paper to getting a job!) People could limit their posts (like I'm doing) or sign of completely for a set period of time.

Of course, they could tell us when they're back.

Sometimes, it's important to take a break from the internet completely. I saw an interesting thing about "internet addiction." It said the internet was just enough of an APPARENT community without actually giving the full support of a real community to keep people addicted and yet constantly craving more.

I'm certainly not addicted to the internet (thankfully) but understand the sentiment.

So I'm taking a break. I'm sure I'll go look at the video threads quite often during my coffee breaks but aside from that I'd like to keep my interaction occasional.

Perhaps others have some places they should be (or some things they should be doing) and would like to use this thread to keep them honest. I even stuck the word "vacation" in the title to make it easier to search.

My friends know how to get in touch with me. Or PM me here since I will post occasionally.

Happy New Year. biggrin


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
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Richee
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

HOP librarian
Location: Prague, Czech. Republic

Total posts: 1841
Posted:I'm taking a break, but I'm afraid
no only for single period.

love & light,

:R


Poi THEO(R)IST

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:Good idea smile

I remember a few people posting "right, im doing my phd, kick me off here" threads (dentrassi?? Ade??)

again - like the idea smile


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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GothFrogette
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

GothFrogette

grumpy poorly froggy
Location: Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3999
Posted:i have been taking a break for a while, have loads to do around the house and life is generaly not going too well at the moment. will still be lurking and sorting out meets etc as i am not having a break from spinning. lol

huge hugs to all and a great idea for a thread hug


Life's too short to worry about where you put your marshmallows

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Bubbles_
SILVER Member since Nov 2004

Bubbles_

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: mancunian, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3383
Posted:i definatly havent been on here as much as i used to, and from next week ill be on a lot less unless i can squeeze time after work.

i like the idea smile


Disclaimer:im not responsible for what i say or do whether it be before,during and after drinking alcoholic substances (owned by BMVC).
Creater of Jenisms(TM)
Virginity like bubble,one prick all gone.

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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Total posts: 4437
Posted:I too have been taking a long break, hopefully not for much longer, but alas third year at Uni is quite pressing so got to get that sorted first!! Miss you all and will still pop by time to time hug hug wave

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:heh, i've just not been on for about 2.5 mos, the downside being i've neglected to reply to a pm I really should have! ooooops

anyway, i'm back- sort of- occasionally- maybe....

i say this a lot, and then i think last time i said that i wound up leaving for something on the order of 2.5 years. we'll see what happens smile in the meantime, i'm loving my hoop, i've got a few new people doing Poi, and i'm trying not to do badly at my first year of uni, which you would think wopuld be easy but you're not doing/ didn't do biochem at york....


Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:I'm never here...

Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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strugz
BRONZE Member since Mar 2002

strugz

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Southampton - Possibly..., Uni...

Total posts: 3964
Posted:your on a perminant break you mean......... hippy ubbloco

"...We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing......."

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PK_
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

PK_

Lambretta Fanatic
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 4995
Posted:time out from hop and the internet is good, however missable (lots when you have some really good friends here frown )

I have had 2 long year out breaks from the internet but occasionally dropping in to check PM's and emails etc.

It does you good. ubbrollsmile

cant say that i have a great deal of time these days though, yes finally have a net connection at home after a year and a half... but i read hop for a maximum 30 mins, work, baby, eat and sleep then all over again.

But I'd rather play with my son rolleyes

so until he's grown up a little more and it's warm in this room where the computer is.. he can come and play in here and daddy maybe can spare an extra 15 mins for hop.

wink ... 15 mind, i've got too much Poi and juggling to catch up with.. bloody car crash and boken wrist. frown


PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

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alien_oddity


alien_oddity

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: in the trees

Total posts: 7193
Posted:i took a break from the net while i was working before xmass..................... and nobody noticed i was gone frown



ubblol

it was good to take a short break, it helped me focus and sort through some of the stuff at the back of my mind like what i'll be doing this summer and what kind of work i would like to do in the meantime like bar work etc.

the job center is hassling me to get full time work but as i have to do lots of reserch at the moment i can only do part time work.....seems to me like the governemtn want EVERYBODY in full time work paying their taxes like good little sheeple we are (bahhhh) ubblol

sorry but i'm going to do what I want to do not what some suit tells me i should do wink


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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Total posts: 3556
Posted:ah no one noticed when i was gone
actually, i think they threw a party smile


Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:maybe people noticed but thought it was a good thing wink

(joke)


Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:yeah, i should really figure out what i'm doing this summer too! (can't sleep).

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Kathain_Bowen


Kathain_Bowen

Good Ol' Yarn For Hair
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

Total posts: 422
Posted:Yeah, I've been accidentally taking a HoP break. My job hunt, writing, spinning in the dark, tattoo designing for a friend, working on layout for my brother, my snake, kitties, and my little pico-reef have been consuming a ton of my time.

And, now, I'm embarking on two side projects of starting a small scale "nature" tank / German Blue Ram breeding tank as a part of an expose on big budget looks on a small scale.

.... I am a busy person, and I drink lots of coffee.


"So long and thanks for all the fish."

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Total posts: 3556
Posted:everyone is me frown

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:I've been taking a break from HoP, for pretty much the last year, but been checking it occasionally, mainly in the events. Unfortunately, I'm unbelievably busy at the moment with, trying to learn how to be a teacher and trying to maintain a long-distance relationship at the same time.

I've also been neglecting my Poi a lot recently, now I've moved, I don't have the easily accesable space (or time) that I used to have, and other excuses. I've been doing a lot of Hat instead though, which I can at least do in my room. My jugglings sort of developing too. I can pass clubs at least. But my balls are still, well, balls.

Still, I still find time to be addicted to the internet, particularly when I have important work to be doing, like now. I'm going to try to ween myself off, but its hard...

I hope to stay in touch though, and see everyone at meets and conventions when I can...


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 15414
Posted:*Im still curled up on the sofa*

:zzzzzzzzz:


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pounce
SILVER Member since Jan 2003

pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
Location: body in Las Vegas, heart all a...

Total posts: 9831
Posted:i've been taking unintentional breaks for the last 2.5 years. life just sometimes gets in the way of getting online much. plus this site has grown so much that it's hard to catch up. i remember when i used to go into every single new intro thread, read every single thread in the social chat (ha, even when there wasn't a social discussion area). now it's so overwhelming! it's hard though when you have so many friends online, around the world, and the easiest (and cheapest) way to keep in touch with them is online.

I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:I think it's a great idea to occasionally take a break from online communities that you're immersed within. Sometimes, we get complacent, start taking things for granted, throw our weight around and without knowing it, annoy and alienate other members.

There's nothing like a good old Holiday in Reality to refresh your perspective. It could also provide some time for reflection; time to realise that perhaps you've not been the best you can be, time to realise that (dare I say it) your head has been firmly lodged in your posterior and that you've been cultivating less than positive personality traits.

I know my time-outs from the various online communities I play an active role within have certainly lent themselves to a much nicer flash fire. And, just quietly, I firmly believe that a number of people on HoP could do with some refreshing of their "nice".

And yes, I haven't posted for a while but I do read the boards and I do respond to the Notify Moderator stuff, so I know what is going on!

PS - this is directed at everyone, and no one in particular.


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Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:See my signature? Take a moment to read it.

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FireTom


Stargazer


Total posts: 6650
Posted:I start to think twice before I post something and take the occasional holiday when I notice that things get too close to me, i.e. I am incapable of withdrawing (anger and the feeling of being insulted) while writing a reply.

 Written by: HoP



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But I admit that I had to go down a long road and was taking on a lot of spank ing, before I learned my lesson.

grouphug to all you beautyful people

peace


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Ash Blackstar


Ash Blackstar

member
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Total posts: 177
Posted:I've been on a year and a half long HoP break, and now I'm back!!!!

To everyone that remembers me, HEYLO!!!!


Ash Blackstar

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, But Whips and Chains excite me"
"Only way to deal with Drama, heavy weaponry and a strong does of grow the Hell up"

"I reject your reality and substitute my own" Adam Savage - Mythbusters

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted: Written by: flash fire


PS - this is directed at everyone, and no one in particular.



ubblol


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Yes, let's go.
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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire, England (UK)

Total posts: 1711
Posted:I never take breaks as such- I read lots, I just don't post much.

I guess that makes me a lurker.....


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misscorinthian
SILVER Member since Sep 2005

misscorinthian

old hand
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Total posts: 784
Posted: Written by: Mr_Chutney


I never take breaks as such- I read lots, I just don't post much.

I guess that makes me a lurker.....



Yeah me too, although I've only started reading the boards regularly again in the last couple of weeks after a bit of time out with my new babe.

I do find it hard to start posting again if I haven't in a while. I have to work quite hard to get into the habit again- although alot of the time I intend on posting but when I move the cursor into the empty reply box, I just think nah, I haven't time or my post isn't really worth it (particularly in discussion) or most likely someone will decide they need me urgently right at that moment so I have to log off. rolleyes


XLenX

Devoted although mostly absent owner of the 1, the original... Asena

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:Even reading something with an interesting news story attached to it, which i do on occasion, seems to annoy the people around me who want attention wink

However, right now I am trying to analyse the results of a gel electrophoresis of (many things but at the moment) thrombin that has ... well.. nothing visible ... (in that column)...

So reading here seems at least as productive!


Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:Hello... briefly... exams tomorrow so I'm suddenly trying to procrastinate.....

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:The interesting thing about this thread is I can use it to find out how long its been since I've looked at HoP ( frown! ) 5 months. Nothing wrong with this except that I meant to go to a Poi event this summer.... spank

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free..., United Kingd...

Total posts: 8738
Posted:bad Kyri hug you have indeed been absent welcome back, how is york?

actually sethis hasn't been around much either he's from yorkish too isn't he?


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:His internet is pretty sucky. I see him around quite a bit, and his gorgeous staffing gf as well. No one ever really has time for HoP in uni, though...

And york is good, didn't flood nearly as much as anywhere else. A bit on the touristy side and the races causing some trouble, but still beautiful as always, especially the swans.


Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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