I am who I am!

  1. I know that through some of my posts I have upset some of you as evidenced by a few of the PM's I've received the last few weeks.
    I've even considered taking a vacation from the BB to consider if this is the right place for me to hang and I've come to a couple of conclusions.
    The first is that I am who I am and it wouldn't be right for me to post views that were only popular. I call them like I see them and how I feel. What you hear from me is me.
    The next is that I really like it here and if I left because some don't like to hear what I have to say would not be true to my own self and I think I'd feel worse leaving than shutting up.
    I have been more selective to the subjects I post to and am dealing with the fact that I am self censoring.
    I have and will continue to strive to phrase my posts in a manner that will not offend.
    Be aware that if you come to this site and ask advice you may not particularly LIKE the advice you get.
    I have grown to care for many of you as if we have been long time friends (some folks here HAVE become friends of mine).

    -Russell
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  3. by   sbic56
    Well, Rusty...
    While we haven't really "spoken", I have read alot of your posts and I can't even begin to imagine what you may have said to offend someone. I didn't see anything except for a whole lot of insightful, thoughtful, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, sometimes slightly crude, but STILL funny, posts... Just my 2 cents..and that is, that these boards would be a whole lot less fun and interesting without you.
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    AAAACCCCCKKKKK!!!!!

    PLEASE don't leave!!

    It'll just totally ruin my fantasy Rusty.....
    Your picture just makes me wanna get my horse and my fishing tackle and go on up into the mountains for a nice weeklong camping trip.

    And I haven't known anyone special enough to go camping with in--- well, a very looooonnnnng time. :kiss

    ....totally platonic, honest!
  5. by   shygirl
    Rusty,


    DON'T LEAVE!
  6. by   ucavalpn
    Russell, I would not want you to be any other way than the way you are. I'm more of a reader here than a poster . I do feel as if I know you from your posts. I have always found them to be thoughtful , honest and sometimes funny . Please don't censor yourself . I cannot inagine what you could have said that offened anyone , but if so then they just don't have to read them.
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I am NOT leaving!
    I am just dealing with the above mentioned issues.
    -Russell
  8. by   Mkue
    rusty just be yourself, that's all you can do. you can pm me anytime and chew my butt off cause i'm sure i deserve it..lol.. i don't follow your threads but the ones i've seen, you are short and to the point, nothing wrong with that in my opinion.

    sometimes a lot can be said in a few short words.

    like, "i am not a crook".. you know what i mean.
  9. by   NICURNtobe
    Hey Rusty

    I know exactly where you're coming from, as I'm going thru something similar in my life at the moment. Do we "stifle" (thanx Archie Bunker!) ourselves for people that don't understand us??
    I think NOT!! I've been reading here for over a year and see nothing objectionable about your comments.
  10. by   WashYaHands
    If I ever post anything that you might respond to, please feel free to be yourself and respond uncensored. I don't mind getting kicked in the butt from time to time, it keeps me balanced.

    Linda
  11. by   rebelwaclause
    Rusty,
    I remember when I first started posting here, I posted to a thread that was really an emotional one for me. Unfortunately, I let those emotions come out uncensored...and boy....!!!
    I remember you being one of the only people to seemingly look past the statements I made (in retrospect I was totally angry and should not have posted in anger), and attempted to logically explain the "why's" and logic of the backlash I had received. And just to say, it wasn't that you held my hand and explained away...You told me how you saw it, not sparring words, but even still taking the time to do so without the condemnation (or, at least I didn't feel condemned!)
    So with this being said, I cannot imagine you leaving here, and I'm glad you reconsidered. Although I am a stranger here without co-workers and buddies galore, there's something comforting when I see the bickering start on a thread, and you show up to "save the day" and put it into perspective. Posters will always have an opinion, be it good or bad about somebody else. You shouldn't think a second thought about censoring yourself.

    Take care,
    Rebel
  12. by   debrakaye
    Rusty,
    You must have read in another thread that I think you are so cute and now you think I'm stalking you! Seriously, I find you to be a very kind and thoughtful person in the posts I've read and a great sense of humor also. I look forward to reading more from you. Take care.
  13. by   Love-A-Nurse
    rusty, you have a fan club! how can you possibly leave me, oops, us! girls are drooling over your rugged good looks, your hat, your sense of humor, your honesty, your fairness and you want to deprive me, oops, i mean us. shame on you!
  14. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I know that through some of my posts I have upset some of you as evidenced by a few of the PM's I've received the last few weeks.
    I've even considered taking a vacation from the BB to consider if this is the right place for me to hang and I've come to a couple of conclusions.
    The first is that I am who I am and it wouldn't be right for me to post views that were only popular. I call them like I see them and how I feel. What you hear from me is me.
    The next is that I really like it here and if I left because some don't like to hear what I have to say would not be true to my own self and I think I'd feel worse leaving than shutting up.
    I have been more selective to the subjects I post to and am dealing with the fact that I am self censoring.
    I have and will continue to strive to phrase my posts in a manner that will not offend.
    Be aware that if you come to this site and ask advice you may not particularly LIKE the advice you get.
    I have grown to care for many of you as if we have been long time friends (some folks here HAVE become friends of mine).

    -Russell
    HI Russell!

    I have always enjoyed reading your post, and it is so obvious to me that you are a wonderful person...family man...nurse. I hope you will stay around and continue being yourself.......TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE.....you've got a friend and sister in me...always...:kiss

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