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Originally posted by shy1:
ocatchings - how long were you gone? anything change at home in your absence? do you miss korea at all? is there any "culture shock" in returning - even though its home?


2 long years
Nothing really changed that much but I do have a lot to catch up on. The only thing I really miss about Korea is the shopping and each day I regret not spending more or buying more things. Frown There really is no culture shock but it is good to be home. I was able to keep in touch with the "real world" through sites like (which helped me with my car purchase) Big Grin
Originally posted by JuneBug:
I post hardly no reponses, if I'm gonna put some effort in posting on this board I expect some action. So freaken clickish some of you people!

I thought I would give it another chance but it looks like this board attracts a bunch of snobs!

Big Grin

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

I don't think its "clickish". At the same time I watch the number of people that come to the site and the number that post - and as you would expect, those that post are a small percentage of the total. I'd obviously LOVE to figure out a way to increase that.

I've gotten feedback that some people may feel intimidated to respond. I guess they see that there are folks here that are well-versed in particular areas and are fearful of getting "blasted". I think we're trying to develop a warm and inviting culture. At the same time there are some smart folks that are passionate about what they post about.

Any ideas about how we can make it more inviting? I love that people come here and read the content. I wish people felt more comfortable throwing their two cents in!

Help! Smile

Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
MBM said:

"I think we're trying to develop a warm and inviting culture. At the same time there are some smart folks that are passionate about what they post about.

Any ideas about how we can make it more inviting?"

Hmmm, I will give this some thought because I like what you doing.

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
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Big Grin
Well JuneBug: Being a new member it would be both unfair and unkind of me to accuse any member of being a snob or in a clique. Besides, I don't personally know anyone on this site, and haven't been given that impression.

Usually, I only have time to read and respond to a few posts. Moreover, the topics and discussions seem to be geared toward politics, a subject that I rarely discuss publicly. Politics to me is like religion: personal and not up for debate. However, I enjoy reading the views of others.
And Llen if you don't mind me saying...

You fione gurl! Cool

I like you am a busy person too I was wondering if for some reason this site attracts the more upper mobile type because checking some of the backgrounds I know who post here are the professional type, not many students and people with a lot of free time. Therefore your typical poster is more targeted with their responses and perhaps that is a factor and is unique about the attraction here.

Llen, what topics will you likely respond to?

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
I just wanted to say that this board is so much better that blackplanet and bet why in hell do they let the idiots post there? why don't they start banning people over there. I just wanted to find a place to talk to black people about black issues without the la Raza and KKK hate groups butting in ooh well this is a great site I hope it stays this way.

On a lighter note I have a final in Math anyone want to take it for me? just playing I really hate math though.
@ Justice4all Smile Hello and welcome to AAorg. Sorry, I'm too far away (haha). Here's a little advice go with the first answer don't go back and erase. Wink

Razz...Looking over my reading glasses, and blushing...Thank you.

AA org has informative forums that definitely have my attention. Also, I am delighted to read articulate opinions of the members and guest on, as appose to some other sites where the so-called intellectual discussions are nothing more than egotistical cockfights.

I agree with you Junebug, the personalities here seem to be laid-back, professional, and adaptable. Thankfully, this site doesn't to appeal to the person who feeds on conflict.

In terms of topics, I am more apt to response to topics that focus on our daily lives (health, culture, family, etc.,). Thanks for asking. Smile
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Originally posted by Llen: the topics and discussions seem to be geared toward politics, a subject that I rarely discuss publicly. Politics to me is like religion: personal and not up for debate. However, I enjoy reading the views of others.

I agree wholeheartedly with you--and the new format has only increased the focus on politics. i am not well versed in them but i do read the topics from time to time to catch up on things and opinions not offered in the daily news. i feel as if i was somewhat of a crusader in the "our lives" forum, but with little support from others. please feel free to start topics that you find important, pose questions, post articles--to keep the board alive we all need to take an active role. Smile

if you don't know your options, you don't have any!
Nykkii, Llen et al -

As mentioned here I am very much interested in further developing the site in ways that people are interested. The "Our Lives" forum has always been great fun and I want it to grow even more. As I said in the linked post though, I need help! I try to drop interesting articles, links, questions etc. in periodically, but a lot of times there's just not much energy there.

I'd really love your help. I know that it's going to take some time to get the "WH '04" forum going. At the same time, I really see a vision for it - so I'm happy to keep investing in that. It will get much more interesting and relevant as we get closer to election time.

"Our Lives" needs some moderators/co-hosts to give it some TLC on a regular basis. I'd love for someone(s) to have a vision for that forum and take the ball and run with it! I have no doubt that that forum will be a great magnate for new growth once it's popping!

BTW - I just re-ordered the forums - putting the AfricanAmerica category back up front. Perhaps that will help a bit.

Also - I think you both know that I am extremely open to feedback, critique, suggestions, etc. As I said, I know I need help! Smile

Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy.
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Junebug.. shame on you.... I know you were kidding, but now you can see how I felt most of the time. Chopped Liver!!!

Anyway, I've been a busy little girl and all. Discovered the name the Eek organized religion that I've been at the edge of without knowing. Religious Science (Science of Mind), so I've been getting into that more and of course falling madly in Heart love.. and working too much, as usual!!! Kinda a self imposed hermit these days, so I have not been on the site much Frown

La Femme Nkechi
Be the change in the world you want to see
I am guilty,
I just get satisfaction from reading and learning about how people feel about different subjects and when I do respond it is b/c of a deep feeling I have towards a subject. I am not very articulate and I do shy away from responding due to my inability to convey what I would like to in words. Frown
Some of the subjects I find interesting but I feel I do not know enough about them to really formulate an opinion, (ie politics, money).
I know those are lame excuses but since I did not make a resolution I will resolve to become more active on !!!!

Yes, I know when you come to a board I think we all want to be acknowledge Smile

Somebody say, yeah I hear ya or I don't agree. Roll Eyes

Falling in love, that's nice Big Grin

Actually I have not notice your posts lately I figured you like me just too busy.

Anyway, really nice to see you still kicking it. To tell you the truth I've been trying to slow down a little I have too many friends we been wearing ourselves out lately, that too is part of the reason I've not been posting.

Take care Junebug Smile

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

Great Cartoon.

By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
YEAR OF 1903

The year is 1903, one hundred years ago... what a difference a century
makes. Here are the U.S. statistics for 1902....

The average life expectancy in the US is 47.

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US have a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes have a telephone.

A 3-minute call from Denver to New York City costs
eleven dollars.

There are only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities is 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee are each more heavily populated
than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California is only the
21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world is the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the US is 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker makes between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant can expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500
per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a
mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US take place at home.

Ninety percent of all US physicians have no college education. Instead, they
attend medical schools, many of which are condemned in the press and by the
government as "substandard."

Sugar costs 4 cents a pound. Eggs are 14 cents a dozen. Coffee costs 15
cents a pound.

Most women only wash their hair once a month and use borax or egg yolks for

Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for
any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the US are:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5.

The American flag has 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and
Alaska haven't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada is 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea haven't been invented.

There is no Mother's Day nor Father's Day.

One in ten US adults can't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans
have graduated from high school.

Coca Cola contains cocaine. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine are all
available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one
pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of

Eighteen percent of households in the US have at least one full-time servant
or domestic.

There are only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.

if you don't know your options, you don't have any!
I smell that contagious disease "Rage."
Somebody is trapped within its walls, those walls offer protection, but they are cased with more hurt that damages your relationships or chances to build relationships. It hurts, I know, more than words can say, but this does not justify the rage you take out on others.

Sometimes you have to purge yourself of -condemnation, blame, shame, and remorse. Yes, sometimes the courageous warrior has to reevaluate, regroup, and recreate.
Be of good cheer; do not let that deadly disease "Rage" destroy the good in you.

::..Never mind me, I'm just rambling..: Cool
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Gotta love those kids!!!

Last night, 10 minutes after telling my daughter that because she hasn't learned to put away her toys, she can't use the computer. She has spent the last 10 minutes re-arranging her stuffed animals.

"Daddy, I'm sorry I didn't put away my 'leapfrog'." That's Okay. I love you, but you're getting too old for us to have to clean up after you.

... 20 seconds later ... "Daddy, Am I a good kid?" Yes, you're smart and beautiful and you don't cause alot of problems.

... 20 seconds later ... "Daddy, can I go to Disney (online)?" Not tonight. You didn't put away your Leapfrog.

She takes off her shoes and socks, gets up and walks out of the family room ...leaving the shoes and socks on the floor. Mad
People ask me, "Are you saying there's a conspiracy?" --because that's the word where everybody starts laughing. It means you believe in flying saucers.

"No," I said, "I'm going to change the word." We won't say it's a conspiracy that all the great offices of state are occupied by gas and oil people --the President, the Vice-President, National Security Adviser --it's just a coincidence.

"It's a coincidence," and everybody smiles --that's a nice word --"Oh, yes, of course, it's a coincidence" that they are running the government and getting us into a war in oil-rich places."
--Gore Vida

...and I thought I was paranoid...-Len Big Grin
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I had a dream last night that I was at a picnic with president Bush and Sadaam came right in, by himself-no guards or soilders, and handed Bush a note saying he wanted to surrender. Weird huh?

The Lord is on my side;I will not fear:what can man do unto me?
(Psalms 118:6)

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

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