OK, so the confusing bit was where my assessment of the impact of me leaving and the assessment of others seemed to differ substantially.
While this is flattering, it does not correspond with the image I have of myself… I think I’m by far not the most prolific or likeable character around… and what with the steady influx of new forum members, and the presence of members at least as witty as I am, I had no doubt that me leaving would be a mere ripple, nothing more.
AND NO THIS IS NOT AN OPEN INVITATION FOR YOU GUYS AND GALS TO GO TELL ME OTHERWISE… my ego is big enough without having to fish for compliments already, so cut it out, ok?
Anyway, once our Trusty Bass Teacher chimed in to tell me to shut up and haul my ass back in*, I clicked my heels and reported for duty. And since leaving, considering my (admittedly angry) comment, was something I thought would be better but not what I wanted, there was at least some relief. Cuz, even though my generally cranky demeanor would suggest otherwise, I would definitely have missed you guys.
I am hoping that we can find it within ourselves to leave the controversial topics alone. This will be hard enough what with the 2020 elections looming on the horizon – and not just for the US residents – us here in Europe are rather opinionated on the matter ourselves. I don’t know about all of you, but I, for one, am not here to worry about the future, or about international affairs, or about climate change, or about racial matters, or about dying – I can do all that perfectly well elsewhere.
I’m here because I want to transition from “the owner of three bass guitars” into “a bass player”, and I want to enjoy every step along the way.
And to wrap this up, I apologise for any upsettance I may have caused.
Enough with the talking. Let’s rumble.
*) I’m exaggerating here, but only slightly.