It is going to take a LOT of getting used to.
One thing that will be an adjustment for me is that I was used to keeping track of threads by way of the e-mail notices. They don't work the same way now, though I have gotten two e-mailed notices, one of them from a thread where I posted but was not subscribed and was not really much interested - and have not gotten notices of updates to threads I am
interested in, like this one.
Much of my consternation is probably just from not understanding how things work in the new system, and not having time at this point in Real Life to deal with figuring it out.
It happens to coincide with a point when I was beginning to ask myself a question Axordil asked in a Manwe thread: "Why are we here?"
I used to follow the doings in Movies, but am not in the least interested in what is going on there these days, except for the ongoing thread on the Howard Shore concerts. PippinScarf is a singer in one of the symphonic choruses that is doing the LOTR Symphony, and has linked an online diary of her experiences with it in rehearsals. That has been fun, as has been reading the experiences of those who have attended the concerts. I've tiptoed into Manwe, and am right now pretty disgusted with the fact that it is essentially two or three arguments recycled through thread after thread with the same people taking the same sides and not much listening to each other going on. meneltarma and I are both in a "Ulysses" book-reading thread, which looks like it will be fun, and I remain active in the "Eru" thread over in Alliances. That isn't really very much, and little of it has to do with JRRT and Middle-Earth, the reasons we all (probably) came here in the first place.
There are many other places to visit; I am keeping an eye on the Virtual Tolkien Study Group, and may un-lurk over there when they get around to LOTR someday. There is Talk - I've barely peeked in there. Any other places you all would suggest?
The messageboard change came at a very bad time for me psychologically - I feel the temptation to just throw in the towel and disappear. I hope TORC does not lose too many people because of it.
And Jnyusa's situation is Very Serious. I suppose Mac users are used to discrimination
;););) but we need her wisdom and wit and presence here at the Diner and elsewhere.
It was bad enough losing Tigger. (I'm still pretty peeved about that, and miss her a lot).
In RL, just finished playing the funeral of one of the "characters" in our parish, who dropped dead suddenly a few days ago. Years ago he used to be a Big Ten football official, and was buried in his striped shirt
:D:D:D:D:D I got a good laugh when I saw him there in the casket, and he would have heartily approved of laughter at his funeral. He got quite a bit; people told good stories about him, and it was an occasion of fond remembrance.