My Reason For Being Here

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    I've said, "small world" lots of times. Where were you from originally, if you do not mind my asking, though it's a personal question, and none of my business. I lived in the Chicago area from -9 months until 30 years old. Recall McHenry County as being often mentioned in the slanderous political diatribe back then. "Early '70s:" I left there, my birthplace, in '72, never to return, 'ceptin for funerals, of course! F
     
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    Small world! I grew up in Pittsburgh, @Frank Sanoica .

    I've lived in Indiana also for a few years, then Hungary and now California.
     
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    @Frank Sanoica , hello and welcome to SO. I've been away for a few days trying to allow my eyes to rest from the strain of being online too much. So I missed your entry into the forum. I hope you find us too your liking, and who knows, maybe your wife will see how much fun your having and decide to join as well. I know that we have a least one couple on this forum. Just remember there is a little imp in all of us.
     
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    Welcome, Frank! I have been preoccupied the past few days, as well. Hope you decide to hang around!;)
    [​IMG]
     
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    My name is Ken, and I'm in Maine. I think I changed planes in Chicago a couple of times.
     
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    O'Hare is a crazy airport! :)
     
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    Welcome, Frank, from Oklahoma.
     
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    Welcome Frank from the central California mountains. My daughter's best friend was from Chicago and then she went back after several years.
     
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    Thank you kindly! Wheee! I never looked back toward Chicago (much).

    Say, your avatar is really nice! And to think I always heard California mountain living turned folks' hair "gray" (or is it "grey"). I have even forgotten how to spell........

    I better look into this avatar business!
     
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    Gray? Not me, but my husband's hair is almost totally white and he is only 4 years older than me, so go figure. :) Gray is the U.S. spelling and grey is British. Either are accepted in this country though.
     
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    I had noticed that posts in the top of the forum, which is mainly questions, notices, and announcement do not count as posts; but what really puzzles me, @Ken Anderson , is that the game thread counts as posts, when they are usually only one word.
    Some of the people who play lots of games will get @Mari North's baby blue Lamborghini way before she writes that many posts......
     
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    @Yvonne Smith, People aren't playing games on the board for any rewards .. IMO.
    It's the mental stimulation of keeping our brains healthy. Seniors need that. There are many ways to do that, and playing games is one fun way.

    Interesting article about the benefits of game play:

    Play can:
    • Relieve stress. Play is fun and can trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
    • Improve brain function. Playing chess, completing puzzles, or pursuing other fun activities that challenge the brain can help prevent memory problems and improve brain function. The social interaction of playing with family and friends can also help ward off stress and depression.
    • Stimulate the mind and boost creativity. Young children often learn best when they are playing—and that principle applies to adults, as well. You’ll learn a new task better when it’s fun and you’re in a relaxed and playful mood. Play can also stimulate your imagination, helping you adapt and problem solve.
    • Improve relationships and your connection to others. Sharing laughter and fun can foster empathy, compassion, trust, and intimacy with others. Play doesn’t have to be a specific activity; it can also be a state of mind. Developing a playful nature can help you loosen up in stressful situations, break the ice with strangers, make new friends, and form new business relationships.
    • Keep you feeling young and energetic. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Playing can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping you feel your best.

    http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/benefits-of-play-for-adults.htm
     
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    It is true @Bonnie Thomas , they do keep your mind active. I don't really keep tabs on how many points I have( I'm lying) but I guess I can see where those that write Long posts (I don't) might see it as unfair. I really don't care unless there is a real prize involved. :)

    I really don't deserve half my points as most were an "lol" or a picture.
     
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    First .. apologies to Frank, as this is his welcome thread.. :)... so Hi again Frank, and sorry ....

    Anyway, I just wanted to point out that games have their place as much as any other topics do.
    The prize is a challenged mind!:D
     
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    I was going to donate my points to Mari in exchange for a time share in her baby blue Lamborghini, so are you saying they are valueless [​IMG]
     
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    The number of "likes" are the value points really Yvonne you don't get many likes for games posts, but you get more for good posts, so we can have an auction of likes in exchange for points, to go towards the group baby blue Lamborghini
     
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    You saying it's a "Small World" reminded me of a radio programme recently, where they did an experiment to check out the "Six Degrees of Separation" theory that states everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, see here
    The experiment on the radio proved the theory true in this case.
     
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    I appreciate the desire to help me, @Terry Page .. that's very kind of you. I guess I'll just have to settle for a Ford or Chevy... it'll keep me humble. ;)
     
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    If I ever got to a point where there were actual rewards for points, the number of posts would be only a part of the scoring. Hopefully, people are here because they enjoy it here.
     
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    That is why I am here. I really don't care one way or another about points.
     
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    I thought we were only fooling around I enjoy it here very much, that's the point :)
     
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  23. Mari North

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    Me too... I love it so much here that I'd feel creepy gathering points for prizes or anything else. Besides, I think the max is 113 and eventually all the regulars will be even with that. :)
     
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    @Terry Page, a lot of us are always joking around, maybe we should have that in our signature too.

    I'm a joker! :)
     
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    I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker. No wait, just the first one! :) Oh, Frank, I'm sorry for being part of getting your intro train off track here... but it's helping you to get to know us all, and that's "intro" too... gotta love us. Right? Uh... Frank? Right? :)
     
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