Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 190 views

— by charlesg

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But, we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But, what we found out is that each one of us is: a brain . . . And an athlete . . .
And a basket case . . .
A princess . . .
And a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

--John Hughes, ‘The Breakfast Club’

20,000 posts later, I find that App.Net is like the Breakfast Club for me; in the short few months I have been posting (or over-posting, depending on your perspective) I have found myself thrown together with some of the most entertaining, fascinating, and strange people I have ever had the pleasure of actually not meeting. I have enjoyed the camaraderie, the laughs, the quarrels, the drama, the debates, the silliness, the naughtiness, and most of all, the community.

As I approached this manufactured milestone, it caused me to think about why I spend so much time on ADN, why I actually find myself caring about what happens here. I am old enough to really remember a time before social networking, a time when if you didn’t actually know someone, you could not consider them a friend. I guess I never really believed that relationships of any value could form solely over the internet.

Boy, have I been delighted to have been proven wrong. It has been so much fun, and (as crazy as it sounds) a gift to meet you all, to come to know your digital selves. I have come to look forward to interacting with people that had I met them in real life first, we might not have ever been friends. People from all over the planet. People seemingly so different from me; my own Breakfast Club. And you guys are beautiful.

So where do we go from here, ADN? Who knows? Let’s find out together, shall we?

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