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Sea Urchin
Sep. 11, 2001, 06:38 PM
In light of today's multiples tragedies, I can't help but having been struck, once again, about the friendships which have developed through this odd medium, the COTH bulletin board. How odd, in the face of such unthinkable madness, that a group of people would, by only the common bond of horses, care so much about one another, that they'd be e-mailing and posting about friends they'd never met 6 states away.
It's very easy, as least for me, to be overwhelmed by life's madness and the unthinkable sadness of events such as today's, but perhaps we should all reflect, even just for a moment, on the connections this silly BB has afforded and the fact that someone, maybe just one person, really cares.......At the end of the day, isn't that what it's all about....?

Sea Urchin
Sep. 11, 2001, 06:38 PM
In light of today's multiples tragedies, I can't help but having been struck, once again, about the friendships which have developed through this odd medium, the COTH bulletin board. How odd, in the face of such unthinkable madness, that a group of people would, by only the common bond of horses, care so much about one another, that they'd be e-mailing and posting about friends they'd never met 6 states away.
It's very easy, as least for me, to be overwhelmed by life's madness and the unthinkable sadness of events such as today's, but perhaps we should all reflect, even just for a moment, on the connections this silly BB has afforded and the fact that someone, maybe just one person, really cares.......At the end of the day, isn't that what it's all about....?

Flash44
Sep. 11, 2001, 06:41 PM
Despite what some of the others say, SU, I think you're all right! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ClipClop
Sep. 11, 2001, 06:42 PM
I love all you guys!

~Insanity is repeating the same behavior over and over and expecting different results~

HuntJumpSC
Sep. 11, 2001, 06:44 PM
Very well said, Sea Urchin~~~

I feel so blessed to have my fellow COTH BB'ers as friends, although I have never met many of them in person. We are all here because of a common bond, but today we have learned that bond goes much deeper than that! /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif To all of my COTH friends: You guys are great! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif SUZ

~~~Do you think the JUDGE saw it???~~~

MO
Sep. 11, 2001, 07:27 PM
Sea Urchin, you don't know me either but I must say, you said that beautifully!

I'm glad you're safe.

jumpsalot
Sep. 11, 2001, 07:39 PM
Thank you SU!
I cannot believe this has happened.I KNOW it has, but it seems so surreal.
Truth be told, I was cruisin' the BB , sipping my coffee, when I got an IM, which I thought was the beginning of a joke.
I will ALWAYS remember what I was doing when I heard about the planes crashing into the WTC. Now I know how my mom felt when JFK was shot.
It was a nice part of the day to be able to come to the BB, when all Hell was breaking loose & see familiar "faces", all concerned for each other.
God Bless you all & THank You!

wtywmn4
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:07 PM
Thank you SU. Thank goodness all of you are safe.....And a giant hug to all of you!!

JumperEq
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:11 PM
Isn't it odd that today at work I just wanted to hop on the internet to check in on the COTH bbers? I knew that out of the many people that post here, some had to be affected. However, I wasn't prepared to see just how much support had been sent out even from this small bb. Its hard to imagine the number of prayers and the millions of people in shock in the U.S. right now. I have faith that our country will band together through this tragedy and do what is right.

~*~Erin B~*~
Have you hugged your horse today?

Lisamarie8
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:14 PM
and comfort in numbers. I am thankful, especially on a day like today, for the friends I've made on this and JB's board.

And yes, you're right, it's all about knowing someone cares and caring about soemone at the end of the day. If more people felt that way, i have a feeling things like this would happen less and less.

--My most accommodating strength is my willingness to humiliate myself

Bumpkin
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:15 PM
I feel very close to my BB friends, and worry about each and everyone of you near this tragedy.
May you and yours be safe.

Miniwelsh
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:17 PM
AS much as we all bicker over the little differences we all have, we all share the one common love which bonds us all. I feel very fortunate to have "met" each and every one of you, whether it be for your sense of humor, advice, kindness or whatever. Thanks for your post and reminder SU.

*Behind every good woman lies a trail of men*

redhorse05
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:24 PM
I heard all this first from you guys. Which says a lot for the community here. I feel so connected to people that I've never met or even seen. I do tend to talk about you guys like I know you, which confused some people today /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I DO feel like I know you and wish all of you the best. I know many were involved and had people there, but AHC, you have my thoughts and prayers for what you witnessed today.

Take care everyone, and be strong tomorrow.

~Odin

Jo
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:25 PM
Jumps, my mom and I were talking about the similarities between this and Kennedy. She said that she will always remember where she was then -- and I will always remember where I was. She called and woke me up, and maybe it makes me a sick person, but I'm glad I got to see it as it happened. This is history.

dogchushu
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:31 PM
JumperEq, I had the same thought you did. Our internet access was down for a while (too many people checking CNN overwhelmed our server) and I just kept thinking "how are all the COTH BB folks doing?"

Jo
Sep. 11, 2001, 08:36 PM
This is the first website I have been checking each time I get internet access today. /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

RumoursFollow
Sep. 11, 2001, 09:04 PM
I had tears in my eyes for hours today worrying about all of my BB friends that work in DC and the ones I know from NY. I would be lost without some of the friendships that I have made here.

Alex, you're right about everything.

Love you guys very much. xoxoxo

Heidi
Sep. 11, 2001, 09:12 PM
To watch television this afternoon was a most surreal, baffling experience. Perhaps we've become so innured to on-screen violence (whether it be on the big or little screen) that the sight of the two burning WTC towers seemed but a clip from a Hollywood film. To process the gravity of this almost cinematic sight was too overwhelming; to think, though, of the safety and welfare of my online friends who live and work in New York seized me with helpless panic.

Whether you grew up with a friend through childhood, met them through work, or bonded with someone on this BB by virtue of a shared concern or spark of recognition, all of these friendships are valuable. In a day and age when we feel increasingly disenfranchised and alienated from each other, who would refuse the opportunity to make another friend (or 200)?

If this BB proves anything, and despite our occasional disagreements and spats, horsepeople are an idealistic, compassionate and emotionally generous group who support each other through thick and thin.

Please keep safe, everyone.

Cactuskate
Sep. 11, 2001, 09:19 PM
I started this day by, as usual, connecting to the internet and starting my coffee. Yahoo's headline about the buildings would not open and give me any info. This was at about 6:45am Pac time.

I immediately went to my COTH BB link. And there everyone was. I have been online all day at work and have felt closer to the whole situation by the contact with the East Coast BB'ers.

The flow of news and personal conditions has been a steady stream. I am hopeful the casualties of those we "know" are very limited.

So at this point I too say, we are a great bunch of cyber-friends. I hope everyone has as peaceful a night as possible. There will be much more to tell tomorrow.

Hugs, Cactuskate

"The older I get, the better I used to be."

Baileybff
Sep. 11, 2001, 09:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Sea Urchin:
In light of today's multiples tragedies, I can't help but having been struck, once again, about the friendships which have developed through this odd medium, the COTH bulletin board. How odd, in the face of such unthinkable madness, that a group of people would, by only the common bond of horses, care so much about one another, that they'd be e-mailing and posting about friends they'd never met 6 states away.
It's very easy, as least for me, to be overwhelmed by life's madness and the unthinkable sadness of events such as today's, but perhaps we should all reflect, even just for a moment, on the connections this silly BB has afforded and the fact that someone, maybe just one person, really cares.......At the end of the day, isn't that what it's all about....?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

SU you are so right! We cry to ourselves about what we don't have and how bad we have it. This just makes us realize just how much we do have. Natalie

You're only as good as the judge thinks you are...

N&B&T
Sep. 12, 2001, 05:35 AM
Does this mean Krysyn's contest deadline is extended?

(No, not making light of any of it...)

AHC
Sep. 12, 2001, 06:31 AM
All I can say SU is that great minds think alike. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I was planning to start a similar thread this morning, because I must tell all of you that the emails and BB updates kept me grounded throughout a very difficult day, when I watched the twin towers burn and fall from an office window less than 2 miles away.

There are no words to thank all of you enough!!!!!!

Colin
Sep. 12, 2001, 08:02 AM
xoxoxo, Colin.

Jair
Sep. 12, 2001, 08:16 AM
Same here Sea Urchin - well put /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I was so concerned about all of you guys on the eastcoast I even mixed up my geography.. ... thanks for sorting that one out Colin /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Hugs for everyone.

Everythingbutwings
Sep. 12, 2001, 08:17 AM
Thanks, SU, I feel so cared for by the people on this BB.

Duffy
Sep. 12, 2001, 08:21 AM
Ok,ok,ok, SU...gag and all that...But, as you know - all too true. Thank goodness for my BB friends. Thank you COTH for making it possible.

God Bless America!

beameup
Sep. 12, 2001, 11:53 AM
and it was the strangest feeling - we live about an hour from manhattan and it was a horrible feeling to know why they were up there. we've been very lucky, in this country, to have never experienced attacks of this scope upon our shores before. and lucky also, that we have the freedom to sit at our computers and squabble back and forth about presidential policy and defense procedures. this free and uncensored exchange of information is probably one of the most important of our country's strengths.
it was reassuring and comforting to find my BB friends this morning, percolating with opinions, reactions, advice, good will and concern.
yay to all of us.

Lord Helpus
Sep. 12, 2001, 03:28 PM
Right you are, SU.

I have found my eyes welling up with tears on and off all day, and I actually began to cry when NATO enacted Section 5 (or whatever), because it meant that we were not alone -- our allies were standing by (behind?) us.

Emotional? Me?

But get me to the BB and I feel "safe" again. Think I will go hug Warren (he hates it when I do that if I don't bring a horse cookie -- really pisses him off LOL). Who else but this board would advocate hugging your horse as an antidote from international terrorism?

BustersMom
Sep. 12, 2001, 03:50 PM
Bravo, Sea Urchin

Member of the Baby Greenie Support Group

Becca
Sep. 12, 2001, 04:36 PM
Agreed. The friends made through this connection are so valuable, and are a constant force to have in our lives. Its wonderful to have this to fall back on in a time like this, and I wish desperately that the time existed right now to speak with those people and have them to lean on and speak with.