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Postby Novice » Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:38 pm

Hello all <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>This will regretfully be my last post in the Gateway, the lovely adoption thread which leads to the Bookworms' Lounge and Garden.<BR><BR>"Novice" is retiring; I have found it increasingly stressful to maintain a presence, and lately I have to admit that I don't have the heart for it.<BR><BR>It has been an exhilarating journey here for me, though at times a little bittersweet. I have learned alot, and not all of it about Tolkien's works! I've met some amazing people, some of them even in RL and I will treasure the memories of those meetings. <BR><BR>Nevertheless, I've come to the inevitable conclusion that I'd rather Go West than fade away, invisible and gnawing my old dry bones.<BR><BR>I wish you all good fortune and happy posting.<BR><BR><i>Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar.<BR>Nai elyë hiruva. Namárië!</i><BR><BR>"Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar. <BR>Maybe even thou shalt find it. Farewell!"<BR>
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Postby wilko185 » Wed Jan 21, 2004 7:36 pm

Firstly, if anyone wants to contact me I've changed my email address, it's now <A HREF="mailto:felagund185@yahoo.com">felagund185@yahoo.com</A>.<BR><BR>Secondly, <b>Novice</b> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>! I'm so sorry to see you go. This seems to be a season of change, several old friends are leaving. But this leaves me with the most regrets of anything since I joined TORC. You'll be missed, if you can stay away.
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Postby jeanelf » Thu Jan 22, 2004 12:33 pm

Novice, dear friend, I hate to see you go as well. I, too, really haven't been posting much and don't have too much to say anymore. I have been thinking of making January the last month of my official presence at TORC... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>Thank you for all of your pleasant and cheering words, cards and thoughts. A smile always came to my face when I heard your high heels clipping as you approached the Lounge. My very best to you always. You have a friend in Chicago. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby wilko185 » Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:23 pm

<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> You too <b>jeanelf</b>? I must admit, very soon after I returned to Movies after avoiding the ROTK spoilers, I posted that I'd decided to fade out of that forum, at least. But I changed my mind and later edited it out. People often seem to leave, then get sucked back into TORC... I'm not sure if this is one of those times or a real end of an era when TORC changes in character and lots of people leave.<BR><BR>Well this is all very melancholy <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>, and is maybe not a bad place to restart the thread. The mods and the other adopters generally feel it would be best to restart the adoption threads fairly regularly, every 500 posts, so that newcomers are not put off by mammoth threads. So I'm going to do that. Please <b>continue posting as normal in the new thread <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/messageview.cfm?catid=54&threadid=77240' target=_blank>here</a></b>, I'll ask for this one to be locked. <BR><BR>(I thought about doing a totally rewritten opening for the new incarnation, but I could never do better than Novice's introductory description)
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