Good day, all. And I mean all. I've been really busy lately and having troubles at home, so really only started posting again in last few days. Honestly, I miss you all and value my time here reading and getting busted on from time to time, and doing my share of "good-natured" ribbing myself. I've made a conscious effort to not get involved in too many more political threads any more (at least I'm trying) as I think I added my share to get the FFF busted. That being said, since coming back from my little break I've seen more than a few threads with folks getting hacked off for what appears to me at least, to be little reason. Simple disagreements get blown into major "who's are bigger" discussions. Yikes. So I want to share my new set of assumptions and guidelines - for ME. 1. When I log on, I'll assume you're sitting there, drinking a beer, talking with a me - not a screen name. And I'll assume you're a buddy of mine, not a screen name. 2. When someone disagrees with me, it doesn't mean they think I'm a knucklehead, it means I might learn something. Maybe I should ask why. 3. When I disagree with someone, it doesn't mean they are a knucklehead, it means maybe I can teach them something. Maybe I should ask why. 4. I will assume everyone here wants at least three things: learn something, teach something, and be valued and recognized as a contributing member of the family. 5. When I feel like crap and am generally looking for meat - I will sign off, and go find it somewhere else. 6. If I think I've ticked someone off - I'm going to PM that person and ask. If I did, I'm gonna say "sorry". That's how I treat my buddies and family. 7. After making my positions clear in the "teaching" mode, I won't engage in post-wars. It's not worth my time and it's not good for the forum. and last. 8. I'm not perfect and may slip from time to time - so I expect, from time to time, to get my butt kicked. And like it was from my brother, that's okay. Maybe if I do the above, the tension I'm seeing, and may be causing can be turned down a bit. After all, what's the point. Feel free to confront me when I'm not following MY list of assumptions.