As I remember, you make a Fribble by rolling up an old newspaper and embellishing the top with a few cuts, then telescope it upward, expanding it into a showy column of hollow achievement!....that said, here is my Fribble....I have read many posts musing about whether The Motley Fool will remain the same after Feb. 14th. My answer is No! It has already changed in subtle ways. It is dying. Friends have gathered around to hold its hand, take its pulse and plump the pillows. Many are silently watching, waiting for its demise. We know the date of death...February 13th, 2002. Then!! TA DA! The cupids of Valentine will sound the horn for the resurrection on February 14th. And it is complete with the (1000) Chosen Few! But that is where the analogy ends, because all of the Good Books of Religion tell us that we can't buy our way into heaven. But for $29.95 we can become Charter Members of the New Motley Fool. I did just that, but only after deliberation. It wasn't the $cost - it is the Time investment. I am astounded at the thousands of postings some prolific Fools amass. They deserve to get a free year! I don't feel slighted not to be included. I have few illusions about my place in the landscape. I was a middle child in my family, I plodded through school in the middle of my peers, and I live in the middle of the country. We Heartlanders feel comfortable sitting in the audience applauding or booing the performers on the stage. We feel awkward up on the stage or out on the edge. We like a cushion around us, and we like our privacy and our moderate views, thank you very much. Garrison Keillor knows us very well. I hope the new Motley Fool does well. I would miss the Ballard Power Board, among others. BTW, in the Spirit of letting the old order go, I have opened my penalty box and let everyone out.....All two of them. And if they are still around after 2/14 - I hope they will learn civility and kindness. After all, the Fool hold up the mirror "for us all to see ourselves as others see us."roko2
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