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Old 07-17-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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Returning after a LOOOOONG absence...

Hello,

I'm not sure if anyone here remembers me, but I was fairly active here from about 2006-2008 or so.

The reason for my long absence involve losing my old job, discovering my mom had cancer, getting a new (and better job), my mom being cured from cancer, finishing up college, meeting the love of my life at college, and planning a wedding while trying to find a house.

Anyways, to re-introduce myself, I'm a 34-year old electronics tech who works for the US Army (can't tell you more than that because its classified) who is of mostly Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. One of the things I've been doing that kind of parallels what many First Nations people here are doing is trying to reconnect with my cultural heritage, mainly by studying and trying to learn the Pennsylvania Dutch language (I'm not the only one, since there is a very serious attempt at translating Wikipedia into Pennsylvania Dutch right now), but I digress...

One of the reasons I'm coming back is I wish to renew some of the cross-cultural ties I had formed before, and learn things from various First Nations' cultural perspective and making new friends.

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys! I would have replied earlier, but we had a bad thunderstorm go through the other day, and I don't know whether it dropped a tree branch on the power line or lightning hit the substation up the road, but everyone on our road was without power for almost 24 hours!

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Zeke: I seem to remember Skillet and They_Drag_Him... Wasn't Skillet the guy who would post rather random stuff? Or am I thinking about someone else

Tsalagi_Phoenix: Nice to meet a fellow Miyazaki fan! I first got into Hayao Miyazaki's works when my uncle brought his copy of "My Neighbor Totoro" when he visited with his two daughters about 17 years ago...

BTW, what general area of PA are you in? I live in the South Central region... I'm just one of those crazy Mennonites (well not exactly, but close) living in an Amish Paradise,

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention, the text in my avatar translates as "We still speak the mother tongue"

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys! I would have replied earlier, but we had a bad thunderstorm go through the other day, and I don't know whether it dropped a tree branch on the power line or lightning hit the substation up the road, but everyone on our road was without power for almost 24 hours!



Zeke: I seem to remember Skillet and They_Drag_Him... Wasn't Skillet the guy who would post rather random stuff? Or am I thinking about someone else

Tsalagi_Phoenix: Nice to meet a fellow Miyazaki fan! I first got into Hayao Miyazaki's works when my uncle brought his copy of "My Neighbor Totoro" when he visited with his two daughters about 17 years ago...

BTW, what general area of PA are you in? I live in the South Central region... I'm just one of those crazy Mennonites (well not exactly, but close) living in an Amish Paradise,

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention, the text in my avatar translates as "We still speak the mother tongue"
I love Hayao Miyazaki's movies. Howl's Moving Castle is also a great book by Diana Wynne Jones.

I live in Lancaster county.
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Nice! So you live about 2 hours or so from me... I'm in Franklin County.

BTW, have you ever gone to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire? I've been there twice and had a blast! The Scotch Eggs they have are the bomb... Basically they're large hard-boiled eggs that are covered in loose sausage meat and deep fried: That's right, something even LESS healthy than Fry Bread. (Gives me an idea: Scotch eggs wrapped in Fry Bread... I call it "The Instant Coronary" :grin:)

Oh, and I might have to read the book version sometime soon... I'm always game for oddball alternate history books... I'm currently reading "Tales of Beedle the Bard" (Harry Potter spinoff book) right now, though... My fiance borrowed it from the library she volunteers at for me.
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I went to the Renaissance Faire once about two years ago and it was a lot of fun. I got a Drabbit puppet from there.

The Howl's Moving Castle book is one of my all time favorite books. Diana Wynne Jones became one of my favorite authors and I would really recommend any of her books.
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I went to the Renaissance Faire once about two years ago and it was a lot of fun. I got a Drabbit puppet from there.
Nice! I got a silver medallion with a two-headed eagle on one side (Holy Roman Empire symbol) and an anchor on the other made at this place that operated an old-school style mint. That medallion is currently the pendent of a necklace that I made from silver, onyx, Tourmaline inclusion quartz and Baltic amber beads...
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