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How have you benefitted from your membership in Ask.com? Besides the exchange of questions and answers, what makes it worth your time?

For me it's all about the good friends I've made as a member of The Community. But what else makes it worthwhile?

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I think the greatest benefit for me has been the completely unexpected one...I have made real friends who have enriched my life immensely. They have been there in some of my darkest times and also been there to share the joy in the brighter times. I never expected I would find true friends here, but I have. Who could ask for anything more?!

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I know you feel as I do, TL.
BTW--got the mail, but I was in the hospital yesterday, unfortunately.
Will explain/answer ASAP.
Thanks for your answer to my question here.
Green to you, my friend!
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Good to see you truckerlady, hope you are having a wonderful night. Great answer :)
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I'll toast to that one, TL!
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Hey you took my answer! 8)
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Hello TL )
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Hi John!
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TL-please write soon. :~)
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Good question Blue Pencil, and I know I work here, but I love reading ya'lls questions and answers! I also have a really good time answering questions, for me it is a lot of fun :)

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I feel like every time i post a funny comment it gets removed.
Wanna lighten up a bit sweet buns?
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HI JohnDSalonmone I don't recall removing any of your content, however if it violates the rules, then I am sorry but I am just doing my job when I remove it. Also keep in mind, people here are often looking for real answers, they don't want a rude comment or smart remark. I am sorry if that sounds harsh, but it isn't fair to those looking for a good answer to get nothing but a string of jokes as their answers.
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Hey, makes sense, and because we are now flooding this kind woman's post with our conversation, I'll be saying goodnight now.
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Thanks Sherry,
I'm right with you on your comment above.
Friends are great, but so are answers, when you need them. And as you and I both know--not everyone has the same sense of humor.
;~)
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True bluepencil! :D

JohnDSalomone we relax the rules a little in the comments so people can have conversations and make friends. BTW the system was flagging some of your content, you may find much of what you thought was hidden has been cleared.
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John, please don't refer to any women on her as 'sweet buns.'. Save that for your mother and grandmother. They will love this term of endearment, but it is inappropriate for strangers. Ugh! How come you don't know this. Don't answer that. I already know.
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I have learnt from others answers & opinions. This sounds a bit silly but I've actually changed for the better... I've learnt to be more tolerant, less ignorant, more sympathetic, less judgmental & I have learnt about so many things that I would not of otherwise. I really like being part of this community.

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Great answer--thanks much!
I totally agree with you!
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I agree Great Answer Jucks :D and hope you are having a good afternoon!
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@blue-pencil.. Great question-@Sherry thanks.
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Well said! Great answer! I think you hit on some things that hold true for most of us. Glad to be a member of this community with you!
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@truckerlady.. Thankyou thankyou, especially coming from you as you were one of the 1st people on here that I liked.
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mcx8xu

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to acquire a tremendous (ok, so perhaps a modest) amount of knowledge. It thrills me beyond imagination to have an avenue to share what I have acquired with others that truly wish to learn.

The worth, is that one question that will prompt yet another, or that one answer that will enlighten, educate, or help another user.

The worth for me, what keeps me here, is I appreciate ignorance (no one better read that wrong), and I intend to do my part to eradicate it from the planet.



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Very cool way to put that!
Loved your answer-I know how you feel.
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Awesome mcx8xu2008 :)
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Thx ya'll. I wanted to say it better, but my old brain wouldn't find the proper words.
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I think you said it perfectly!
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I now can understand math extremely better!

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Thanks for your answer!
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Wonderful !!! The community has been a positive influence on your life already. Study hard, and you will excel. You seem to be on track to be a superstar in school. Good luck !!!
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I've learned what I know. Sometimes I try to answer a question, but realize that I'm not sure of my answer. Other times I am confident that my answer is correct. It is nice to know if I know.

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I agree! I've had the same thoughts!
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Thanks truckerlady. And thanks for your many contributions to the community.
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John_8715

Well I think you're all a bunch of nuts,, the people on ask drink to much vodka, smoke to much weed and cigarettes, cheat on your significant others, are getting pregnant way to young, give advise that they should be taking themselves, talk about things they know nothing about, kids try to be 40, and adults try to be 15, and none of you can pull it off.

But some others are sensible and wise, like Dozy, and then there's Belly always ready to dispense good medical advise, she's a nurse, if I need a physical I'm going to see her fine self, and there's Truckerlady, roaming the highways and byways of the country bringing all of us our vodka, beer, cigarettes, and condoms that are never used.

And ms.timmins is always there to scold anyone that gets out of line, she's a teacher, you can give me detention anytime Teach.

And then there's the writer of this question, a lady above all, and one who has become my good friend, she has made me mad, she has made me laugh, she has made me think, and made me wonder, she has made me happy for her, and for what she has, she has cried on my shoulder, and the next moment punched me.

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All this and I've never met her, I just wish I could tell her how I feel.

And I'm sorry for the hundreds of you I've left out, it was not intentional, just space limitations dictated content.

But I did want to say that there are a couple of mods I like, and yes Sherry y'all are one of them, but please don't go and recommend me for your little dog and pony show hall of fame, I've never been on it, and never want to, I consider it a badge of honor to never have made it, and want to keep it that way if you don't mind...
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We have an amazing equal opportunity friendship. I make you nuts and you make me crazy.

And to anyone else who may be reading this comment:
Many of y'all don't give this guy half the credit he deserves, for the advice/answers he contributes to this site. He's a pretty smart guy--so don't get cheap with those "green" thumbs up!
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Oh baby, I do believe yer sweet talking me, I'll give you 2 hours to knock that off ;~)
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I always pay the piper. Morning Blue and John. Blue I hope you are feeling better, although I don't know the issue, I wish the best for you.
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Likewise...
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One of the benefits of membership in this community is reading the wonderful answers by John!
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Thank you TruckerLady -- now give with the green thumbs!
Just kidding.
You feeling ok?
I'm doing better myself today, but the spinal work does give a person an unbelievable headache !
I'm fixin to take those pain meds right about now!

When you coming back down IH 35 south again?
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Kuiipo and M-Man=thanks much. When you wake up and can't walk, it gets scary......but Doctors now
think it's going to be temporary---
Thanks for good wishes ;?}
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Hello my big bunch of crazy friends:) this is exactly why I like it here! Here's a big hug and shimmy...did ya feel it?
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I felt something, it may be gas...
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Robert -you there?
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Better thanks-
Favor?
Can you find TLady and find out if she's ok? She won't answer my posts.
I need to "speak" to her. I don't know if she can see (the posts) them.

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John great answer! these answers make me smile!
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Thanks King )
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I enjoy answering questions that I think I can help with, especially for the kids. I look forward to seeing answers everyday from the people I follow. My hubby and I have fun on here when we're apart and together. It's really fun when people realize/figure out we're married. But most of all, I have made some good friends, and one specifically off of ask has enriched my life greatly, and I am happy to have TL to talk to.
And besides that, hi my name is Kuuipo and I'm an askaholic. (Could be worse). 8)

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(crowd murmurs) Hi Ku'uipo...
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Adorable!
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You two rock!
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I could sit back and answer questions all day straight forward, hum drum, yawn...but why would I do that? I enjoy throwing in some yucks that hopefully put a little smile on someone's face...the exact thing that will most likely keep my butt out of the "hall." I've also made some friends on here including one very special one. Welp, back to my flowers,..peace.

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I nominate Mikale to be the first inductee EVER into the Ask.com humor hall of fame. (happy now?) LMAO
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I second that nomination. I would also like to nominate his partner in humor, Faded. 8)
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I second your nomination!
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Too kind, too kind...(tossed roses fall at Mikales feet, he picks each one up, kisses them, and hands them back to his adoring fans)
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I have learned so much, debated so much and met the most wonderful group of people you can imagine. Many of you I consider " real" friends not " Ask" personalities. Some started as opponents and ended up friends, which I love.

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I have learned from you that women can be strong AND sexy.
Thanks for your answer. As always, you say it with panache!
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Now here is 2 of my favorite ladies )
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Belly...you're one of my favorites! I understand how you feel...I feel like I have real friends here...so much so that when I'm driving in a city where one of you happen to live, I catch myself feverishly looking in passing cars for my friend...then it hits me...I don't know what he or she looks like!! Just last night, I took a really bad wrong turn in our nations capital...drove my truck (with a 53 foot trailer) right down Pennsylvania Ave!! Even though I expected secret service and every cop in the district to converge on me...I was still wondering if John was around anywhere! LOL
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I think I may be one of those people, Bellydncr. :)
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I sincerely care about u all. The minute any of you pass through Sin City you better meet me for a coffee or cocktail! Marcus, I never think of you as an opponent in a debate. You are a great kid with a wonderful heart to match. I've been a bit stressed and busy this week, I've been taking a bit of a break here but I'll be back full force soon ;)
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Thank you, Bellydncr. Back atcha! See you soon.
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I'm learning so much here. And all these personalities are so interesting, encompassing the far left to the far right and everyone in between. I like that. I've made friends here who make me laugh right out loud -- every day. I love to see how the good writers put sentences together to be direct and indirect at the same time. It is partly the humour and the storytelling on Ask that I like so much. Some people are wonderful storytellers and it balances out the terrible grammar and spelling for me, and the incomplete sentences and text speak. As an older educator with an anthropology background, I like having a place where I can share a few of the things I've learned. I've made a few good friends here and they are helping me learn how to be funnier in type. I like their company so much and look forward to reading their ideas. This is a bit of an unexpected adventure -- here on Ask. Every day there are new questions and new comments and answers. It changes every few minutes and it doesn't seem to get tired.

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Ahhh....I knew I could count on you for a well crafted answer!
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Anthropology background eh, that explains how you dug me up... )
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Blue, this was such a great question. Look at the depth of the answers! Sometimes meaningful stuff needs to be identified, and you provided a vehicle for this. Thank you.
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I must give credit where credit is due. I have a friend here that inspires me to ask these questions every so often.

However, I must say that I am surprised and enormously grateful to see such a heartfelt group of responses! Especially such a well crafted and meaningful one as yours
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You are a true wordsmith, my friend, and I enjoy your well written responses.

Ask is very lucky to count you among its members !
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Thank you so much, Blue. I do tend to make my answers a bit too long and I sometimes get removed if I'm too direct. I have name-called twice, got removed, but I was glad I did it. I'm very happy to see your answers too. I've learned quite a bit from you, and it's a comfort to me.
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John, I just LOVE the way you verbally spank the people who really and truly need it. You usually get there first and say exactly what I'm thinking. You have the non-biblical-type soul of an anthropologist.
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Thank you Teach )
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ms.T...If you were still teaching...I'd go back to school!
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TL, I would love to have you, but you wouldn't fit into any of my classes. I have one class of 6 and three are bipolar and ADHD and ADD, one has FAS. One has oppositional defiance syndrome and has hated all teachers. None are medicated. That class begins at 8:25 a.m. It's 1.25 hours long. It's quite exciting to watch them improve. Truckerlady, if you went back to school, it would have to be university because you are too smart for anything else. Your b___sh_t radar would function quite nicely in university, one course at a time.
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Great answer, Ms. Timmins! You stole mine exactly. :P
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People, information, knowledge, laughter, self-perception.

It's impossible to participate in the discussions without re-examining your basic beliefs. I always thought I was an agnostic but realised that I'm really an atheist. When I acknowledge that there's a spiritual side to my make-up too it adds to the mix so I'm still learning who I am and the people of Ask are helping with that.

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Thank you for your response to my question, which is as always, spot on!
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Hi David, don't mean to be underneath Blue, but she likes it that way ;~)
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And a sunny good morning to both of you.

Well, it's sunny in Oz, anyway.
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Hey Dozy!! Long time no see!! I was gonna email you, but I seem to have lost your address (big big sad look here). Do you still have mine? Tell Daizy (not her real name, lol) Hi for me!
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I sure do, TL. I'll drop you a note.
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Good Shabbas Blue,
The feeling you get after you sign off. The wondering "How is CandyBar today?" or "Is Glory home with his kids?" You wonder about others when you meet them. Also, I have been able to improve so much of my motor skills while on Ask, especially from being around adults like you Blue. Thanks for asking This question because it has been long needed.

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Hi King! ...very fine answer! I get that same feeling...wondering how so and do is while I'm driving the highways, wishin them all the best. I occasionally just blast the airhorns for no other reason than I am thinking about my ask pals!
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Hey TL! I may day dream in school and think about you guys here!
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Very nice King... )
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Thanks John :o)
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You got it...
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It's fun, and if you have no one to talk to about a problem you can ask here where people are very understanding. Not to mention, I love adult-spoken advice. Though lately I haven't been as dedicated to my answers here so they haven't been very good, like this one.

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Well, you just made up for some oft those not-as-good answers. Still, we viewed your answers lately as very helpful even if you didn't. Great answer Marcus!
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You guys think so? I can do better. Lol.
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When I first joined ASK it was to keep my mind simulated. Then as I started answering questions I thought to myself OMG this is really fun, but then I meet up with Marcus, wow, he gave me a run for my thoughts. But the more I responded back and forth with him and so many others I realized how to feel through others thoughts, it's amazing to actually think you've helped someone, someone who really is looking for an answer. And with some I just like to follow to read your responses because I think your just so full of spunk and smarts, you keep amazing me with your answers. After working in the medical field for years ( notice I'm not giving away my age, but Marcus knows) I thought I'd seen and heard it all, but guess what? I haven't , please keep inspiring me, I love it!!!!

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Hahaha! Thank you, Kookiegirl!
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No Marcus, Thank you!!!!
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@Marcus, you have inspired me the most, your smart beyond your years.
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I don't know what to say. :]:]:]
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