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Author: MarkHiatt Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 16441  
Subject: Thanks! Date: 11/23/2004 5:08 PM
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Okay, so it's that time of year when we all start to find our thoughts drifting off to what we're thankful for… maybe moreso this year than in many in the recent past for some of us.

And okay, I am a literate, educated, White Male with skills in internet communications at a time and in a place where those things are all pretty good things to have or be. Of course I'm thankful for all of that. And it is pretty cool that I don't have to pack a gun with me when I run down to the corner for a newspaper—and it's pretty cool that I can still go down to the corner for a newspaper. There are plenty of places in the world where that still doesn't happen.

I drive a ten-year-old Honda Accord, bought with the equity we got our of our crashed Honda Civic. I'm thankful that, while I was hurt in the crash, I didn't lose my sense of humor or my ability to screw up a perfectly good table-based web page using CSS for positioning. We've never made a payment on this car, and it'll pass through 100,000 miles this weekend on its way to, we hope, 250,000 miles under our care. We'll see.

I'm thankful that I have access to the Fool. I get a lot more out of this joint that I put in, that's for damned sure. Back in the days of the Steam Powered Computer, there used to be subscription services and BBSes. I used to work for an outfit in Rockville, Maryland, a unit of General Electric, managing forums where people came for help and humor and it was a terrific job but awful skinny on the compensation, most of the time. A tip o' the phosphoric and metaphoric hat to TMFSpeck, who tirelessly weeds this little acre of Fooldom on a more or less continual basis. I'd have been proud to have him on my crew back in those Olden Days. Higher praise than that I don't think I could give anyone. But I remember enough of what it was like to know this much: He doesn't do it alone.

Everybody here who posts a question or an answer helps out. Questions, too? Certainly! Even if all you do is ask about getting your TRs and TDs to line-up right, it gets everyone else in here thinking about tables for a while. Every time someone asks about the difference between Class and ID, it gets everyone thinking about that. I've never learned so much about anything as when I started teaching it to others, because I find myself thinking "Well, wait a minute… is that really right? Maybe I should double-check that before I tell her to do it this way" a lot.

I live in Lincoln, Nebraska. It's a college town with a whole lot of people in it and then almost nobody, it seems. We're unencumbered by a lot of professional sports teams, major league industry or cultural events of any note. So there's a lot of time to read and study about CSS or JavaScript or whatever. But there aren't a lot of people to talk to about it, face-to-face. I'd hate to think where I and my career would be today without ready access to experts who are willing to help without judging, or criticizing the way you post or the quality of the questions you ask. I used to visit some web design newsgroups but once you got past the spam, the ads, the flame wars and the I'll-show-everyone-how-much-I-know -types there wasn't a lot of "there" there. I've gotten important job- and face-saving answers in here within minutes.

So just in case I forgot a time or two, or never got back to you after something that did end up working really well: Thanks!
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