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Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:31 am
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Same. Spent time on it yesterday and will continue to do so!

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Satsun said
 

Can’t help but think of the old expression “Going nowhere fast”

  

Exactly. 🙂

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This is the only forum I participate in. I read others on occasion. I find this one interesting and genuine. I only look at it when I can get to my laptop. I’m a dino I guess, but I don’t like to read on my phone. So, for me, it doesn’t really need changing. But I understand I am not the new normal/google normal.

I’d be sad if you got rid of this place. I always think of it as a bar when I click to the site, just as you describe. Both the blog and the forum (and years ago the boards) have had a big impact on my life, even though I was gone for a few years going through my Pluto transits. Coming back was easy 🙂

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Elsa, you mentioned somewhere you use Brave. Can you check those statistics using Chrome?

I’m new to this forum. This is my first ever forum. I don’t even engage in comments anywhere else.

I haven’t noticed slowness of this site. Everything is slower with Brave but I don’t mind it because of the privacy and non tracking benefits, so I am patient that way.

In general, I wouldn’t shut down this forum even if it is mildly active. I sometimes post answers even on old topics, because I figured, the accumulation of knowledge is what matters, I don’t need always an urgent answer. Then I think it is of use for you  as case studies. In general I have noticed it is better to sleep some things on and then perhaps answer. As I age I have become restrained like this. I have a quick mind, and I can definitely quip back, but is there value in it, I’m weighting on this.

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This was upthread.. I am using page speed (on any browser)..

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I don’t know the cost.  This is experimental for google and they change their algorithms every second, I’m sure.  But I have to look at this:

 

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That is “slow” and “moderate” there is no fast / green

But for the true horror, click this and see the blog speed:

https://developers.google.com/…..lsa.com%2F

 

Generally 90/91 on mobile and 99/100 on desktop (click the tags up top)

then this horror, the forum

https://developers.google.com/…..om%2Fforum

Red / 31 on mobile and barely 60 on desktop

So if I locked the forum and cached all the pages, this would change. 

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Thanks for weighing in! 
I feel a lot better about this with “all y’all” weighin’ in!

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I have just had a lot going on, for relief I play games instead of talk. Plus I have to get my laptop and sit near the power cord because I hate to type on a phone. Also I find that I’m drained and just don’t have extra energy to try to offer any kind of support.

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I hope you get some peace, Tam. I can’t believe the pressure plus the swirl!

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Thanks! It’s crazy times.

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I’m new-ish here, have been studying astrology a few years, and this is one of my favorite places to get REAL insight, straight talk, humor I appreciate. It really does feel like a neighborhood bar that you want to hang at til closing time. I don’t post much because I have such a hard time with online communication, I require the human element somehow. Otherwise I get too much in my own head, don’t know who the eff I’m talking to. And then people are just weird as hell online in my experience, they lose their humanity or something. No thanks. I’m too sensitive as it is. 

For the record, I’m one of those people who asked you to remove a post and I’m so grateful you did, no questions asked. I’m sorry people harass you for what sounds like the dumbest things. You are a gem Elsa! 

People are weird on social media, but not here. I’d be sad to see it go too. I should try to engage more and get over myself. 

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Thank you, Electric.

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I, too, value this forum.  I am not bothered, nor even surprised, when I read views that don’t mirror mine…  This is a place where there are a wide array of opinions, and philosophies.  A gold mine for those who want to learn what others are thinking!  With an astrological insight!

Another attractive factor is the Politeness rule, aka treat others in a respectful way.  Simple, and effective.  (I have met people, in life, who believed that politeness meant never showing any signs of feeling in any way upset, distressed, etc.  *my mind boggles, there*)

As well, this forum is my first stop to find read The News, and Editorials.  Again, the variety of people, and places where they live, and what you all think, makes a rich source for information of all kinds.  Often with astrological remarks.  And vice versa with the topics about astrology, in which real life examples make the astrology tangible.

For myself, born with a Mercury Neptune opposition, with a sideways aspect to my Moon, I often have zero words – for days! – when thinking how to answer the question, “How are you feeling?  What’s troubling you?”. The confusing element for others is that when I do find the words (later…) I can be eloquent, even concise.  But only because that long, slow, winding route to coherent thoughts was invisible, to them.  During times when my answer is something like, “Feeling low… I don’t know (not yet, at least)” there’s a real risk of digging myself into a deeper hole, by saying more before I come to a point of perspective (Jupiter, in Scorpio – stolidly working away underground, pushing up better insights… dependably).  See?  This forum is a place where someone can add a thought like this, in trying to explain part of why I was reading here less often, and commenting infrequently.  I’ve been in “Do one thing” mode.  Reading here checks several boxes: cheers me up; teaches me something I hadn’t known; reaffirms my faith in people’s goodness; improves my housemate’s mood (he believes this forum is a valuable asset, that the world is better for the existence of Elsa’s project, and so is happier when he sees me participating here); exercises my brain, through thought and words; etc.

PS A question to anyone who knows, at all: do embedded videos slow the loading speed?  If so, inserting links, instead – with a description of what they link to – might help?

PPS Thank you, Elsa.  You’re doing amazing, impressive work, since a very long time.  You are a shining beacon.  🗽 

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Thanks, Poppy. Thanks, everyone.

 

I have to say, my fears have dissipated. I really expected a massive surgery would be needed for my back. Cut down the front, organs moved out of the way by a general surgeon, then the back is worked on.  Frankly, a surgery like that would have an emotional impact, never mind I might be dealing with poles sticking up from my body, etc.  Instead, this surgeon has a different idea.

I was looking at a rough six months… I now expect it to be hard for one month, at the most. It’s pretty weird. Cut through the side… out of sight, out of mine. Saturn Neptune.  So my concerns are greatly reduced. Not even 20 % of what they were.

Also, my business has been strong of late. I have told clients, in regards to this surgery, I will be back on the job (consulting) as soon as I am off pain drugs.  Two weeks?

Two weeks plus four days in the hospital?  This blog is 20 years old. It can easily survive a two week slow down. I’ve really never had a vacation in all this time.

So this is the update. Yes, it’s serious but I feel very optimistic. I have had A LOT of surgeries at this point. They’ve all gone well so there is no reason to think this won’t. I’m a good candidate. I heal really quickly, thanks be to God!

I’m still going to come back to this thread but I want everyone to know, I’m in a best case scenario at this point. I mean, it’s better than I might of imagined.

Just to explain… when they mess with vertebrate, the neighboring bones degrade.  Rather than mess with my whole spine, this doc will fix the worst… then wait and fix the next and the next,

Stages, see? And as I patient (with two hip surgeries), I can tell you, this will ease the shock. Because when you come out of one of these things, you’re left how you’re left because it’s all bolted in or bolted down. So I woke up with one leg, much shorter than the other… but in the right place.

My back is so collapsed that IT is why I have the leg thing.  This surgery will improve that as well. It’s really great and not at all what I was expecting when I started this thread.

I thank you all for the support!

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