Introductions and a little GatorChatter History

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AlexDaGator, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. AlexDaGator

    AlexDaGator The Hammer of Thor
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    With all the new blood coming in, it's probably time for us to introduce and re-introduce ourselves and the site.

    About Us:

    Most of us were regularly posting on the Gator Sports Message Board, the GSMB, which was owned and operated by the Gainesville Sun. Ox was a mod. We had a disagreement with management who ignored the technological demands. They shut us down. Ox created this alternative and most of us found our way here.

    This site is not over-moderated. In fact, it's barely moderated (which is the correct amount). Ox draws the line at overly suggestive images because the advertisers object. This is not a safe space for anybody--pumpers, dumpers, Gators, others, men, women, non-binary, right, or left. Have a thick skin and don't take insults personally.

    We want you to have an av.

    We all love the Gators. None of us are happy about the level of play this last decade. This has led to some spirited debate but we ALL love the Gators. While we do have our share of pumpers, we have been labeled as the dumper site. The truth is, we were right about Muschamp, McElwain, and Foley while most other sites were living in an alternate reality. Ultimately, we love the Gators and we want the program to succeed.

    The PF used to be more balanced but we've slowly lost some of our more prolific liberal posters. Invite your liberal friends to join us. We're here to debate. Unlike your situation with your mods on THFSG, we tend to like our liberals and are even protective of them sometimes.

    We have religious posters but rarely get into religious discussions like what you're seeing in the Green Mile thread.

    We don't have as many women as Swamp Gas, but the ones we have are the best.

    Our most popular poster is Cover2, a high school coach. His post-game threads are better than any paid sportswriter's article.

    We have some really, REALLY smart and knowledgeable posters. Unfortunately, the smartest one stopped posting.

    We tend more libertarian than anything else. We've got a bunch that don't "like" Trump the man but think he's doing a pretty good job given the circumstances.

    About Me:

    I was a student during the Spurrier era. Undergrad degree in history, then law school, all at UF. Began as a prosecutor, then did corporate law, now in-house counsel at a not-for-profit. Married with a young son.

    I was more of a Republican in my youth (grew up loving Reagan). I've gotten more and more libertarian as I've aged. I'm passionate about civil rights in general and a First Amendment fanatic in particular.

    I love my God, my family, my country, and my Gators.



    Alex.
     
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    • Windy City Gator

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      Good post Alex. Sums it up pretty accurately.
       
      • Slug

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        I fcuking hate all these new people.
         
        • itsgr82bag8r

          itsgr82bag8r Political Forum Fire Starter
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        • Windy City Gator

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          Just the new???

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          • Slug

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            Well, you to.
             
            • itsgr82bag8r

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              It's important to have equal-opportunity hate these days.
               
              • AlexDaGator

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                Now tell them about yourself.

                Alex.
                 
              • AlexDaGator

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                Slug hates people. All people.

                But he does like muscular chicks.

                Alex.
                 
                • Slug

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                  This is true
                   
                • Gator Fever

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                  Yep that is what is good about this place - the moderation. Unless something is actually out of line you don't get censored like at other places. Just hold your ground and make your points and you will be alright. The mods here don't have a mission of trying to keep people from getting their feelings hurt just because someone disagrees with their opinion.
                   
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                  • Frozen Gator

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                    A true "Snowflake" will melt rather quickly here!
                     
                  • bradgator2

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                    Fine.

                    Born and raised in Jax as a Navy brat. Dad ended up retiring Command Master Chief and got me ride into the Naval Academy, which I declined. That pretty much ended that.

                    Graduated UF in 98 and 00. Designed nuclear fuel for 4 years then as a medical physicist for the past 14 years. A lot of my day is computer work, so I have many monitors going and this site is almost always on in the background. Happily married and 2 younger daughters. The oldest of which just started 6th grade. So last week I got to explain to her what a porno and rape are. So that's fun.

                    I've met quite a few posters from this board and have enjoyed every meeting. Looking forward to finally meeting Corch one day.

                    Pretty much hate all politics and politicians. Although I read daily, I dont contribute all that much in the way of real opinion. I'd rather sit back and make fun of all the other posts being made.

                    But I will say that I have learned a TON because of this section over the years. I do enjoy reading the back and forth.
                     
                    • Windy City Gator

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                      UF Grad in 1988 in Broadcast Journalism. Was a TV Sportscaster in Arkansas and Louisiana out of college.

                      Went back to school and got my Master's when I was 50 in Media and Communications here in Chicago. Been in Chicago for 7 years. I am in hospitality sales for a start-up tech company. Worked at Disney for 20 years in management and upper management in Hotel Operations.

                      Like Alex, was a big fan of Reagan. Peace through strength. I do not identify with either party, despite what posters on here like to label me (they label me a democratic, though I have never voted for a Democrat in my life). I am a registered Republican for economic reasons, but do not identify socially with the Republican platform. I lean left when it comes to social issues and equality, especially LGBTQ issues. I volunteer at a battered women's shelter in Chicago. It gives me great satisfaction to help and listen. It is my way to show that there are people who care about them and though they are down on their luck today, we are here to help for tomorrow.

                      Favorite Gator play is either Kerwin's 2-point conversion in 86 or Kerwin to Ricky at the WLOCP in 84

                      I am agnostic. Married with a 23 year old daughter.
                       
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                        and they you.
                         
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                          You left out the part about Ox begging me to join this lame forum.
                           
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                            I have a bag of salt for ya
                             
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                            It’s dried out liberal tears
                             
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                              Those are the best kind of tears
                               
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