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    Welcome Home

    Hey there, guys. Long time, no type. You doing alright? it's been a bit of a stressful last few days for a lot of us, I know. Regardless all that, though, welcome to the party. If you're a first time reader, simply welcome. How'd you miss reading one of these for so damn long? I mean, I know they're all gone now and stuff, but it's been 16 years. Come on, get on the ball.

    I kid, I kid. It's not like I do this a lot anymore these days. Most of you have an idea of why, some probably don't. The simple fact of the matter is that I got myself a job. I already had a job, of course, but I got a different job, one where I have to be at a specific place at a specific time and answer to other people and shit. You see, for the last 5 years or so my job has been my own business. It was going quite well for 4 of those years... and then my divorce happened. Between having to liquidate the assets and split them between us and me having to not only relocate but also rename the business... a crippling blow was dealt. I loved the gig so much that I held onto it for a year, holding it in my arms lovingly as it slowly devolved from a vibrant, fun, somewhat lucrative life into an anemic, sporadic, stressfully not remotely lucrative enough persistent vegetative state. It's not quite dead... but it ain't exactly thriving.

    Eventually the writing was on the wall and I had to let go of it as my primary source of income. I frankly should've done that 6 or 8 months ago, but the heart wants what the heart wants. My heart wanted to make a living petting puppies and kitties. I suppose I'm very fortunate to have been able to spend as much time as I did doing it. I honestly couldn't ask for a better job.

    That, of course, made it that much more difficult to give up. But I did, because I'm now officially 37 years old as of about a week and a half ago and I'm still living with my mom a full year after splitting with my ex-wife. That, while I suppose somewhat understandable given the circumstances, is fucking lame.

    So I got a new job. A very physically demanding, "wake up at 4am", son of a motherfucker type job. I load packages for a major delivery service, meaning that I put every single box on that big brown truck you see rolling around every day. Three of those trucks, actually, each generally holding somewhere around 300 packages, apiece. Some big, some small, some heavy, some light. The packages or their size and weight aren't the hard part. The hard part is that I have about 4 hours to accomplish loading upwards of 900 packages onto three trucks simultaneously.

    As mentioned before, I'm now 37 years old. I've never exactly been a physical marvel, with the hard playing of my youth taking its toll pretty early on. I've got no cartilage in either knee and a brutal case of tendinitis, to boot. I've also got a history of lower back issues and multiple concussions that resulted in minor brain damage, mostly to my short term memory. In other words, I'm beat to shit and not exactly made to be doing this sort of physical labor at this stage of my life. That point is made especially clear when I get to work every day and am surrounded on all sides by 19 and 25 year old dudes. I'm the oldest guy in my area by at least a solid decade.

    Age ain't shit, though. Just an excuse. The bottom line is that I let myself get soft and I need to toughen back up. Jumping headlong into the grind is one way to do that. Probably not the most healthy, but bills are a funny thing. They don't tend to give a shit whether or not you're ready to pay them.

    Anywho, long story short, I've been really fucking busy lately. And exhausted. And kinda hating life for the most part.

    One respite from that storm, though, has been this place. Good old LOP Forums. Always there when I need it, full of familiar faces and good stuff to read and fun conversations...

    Until it wasn't.

    It was gone. Just fuckin' gone, man. In its place was this white page with what looked like a phonetic text translation of R2-D2 and BB-8 having phone sex.

    I had a pretty big sad about that, as I'm sure many of you did. I got the first message about it literally moments after pulling into a parking space at work. I couldn't really do shit about it at that moment, so I just turned my phone off, headed in and got to work. Upon returning home, though, I was able to assess the situation. What I found wasn't super awesome.

    I contacted the owner of LOP and its namesake Forums, Calvin. He, unfortunately, was out of pocket and dealing with a recent death in his immediate family. That, of course, sucks. To say the least. So he's dealing with that and then here I come, all seeking help for the goddamn message board, of all things.

    Though obviously (and rightfully) preoccupied with other stuff, Calvin got on the ball pretty quickly trying to figure out what happened. Though he was limited in what he could do from afar (as he had traveled a couple hundred miles to deal with his familial situation), he did start the process of figuring out what happened. It seems as though the host for the Forums had a pretty catastrophic server crash. If things were as they should be, that would've been hella inconvenient but not really all that horrific, as Calvin was actually paying extra for them to not only backup the data and stuff from this place but also to mirror it as a fail-safe should something like a catastrophic server crash occur.

    Guess what? The host company, for whatever reason, hadn't bothered to do the backing up or mirroring thing. No clue why, nor did Calvin ever get an explanation that I'm aware of. They just didn't do it. In exchange they offered to give him a big chunk of months for free... but he essentially told them to fuck off. As would I, frankly. Oh, you want to give me six free months of your super shitty, liar-liar pants on fire hosting services? Yeah, not so much. Eat a dick, host dudes.

    Instead he got a refund for the remaining months left on his agreement and took LOP Forums on the road to a new host service. Unfortunately, all that stuff had to wait a few days as, you know, the guy was dealing with a personal tragedy. The fact that he did any of this shit in the first place is a testament to how good a dude he is. He certainly didn't have to do a damn thing about any of it until he got back home. I frankly don't know that I would've if put in the same situation, you know?

    Anywho, he got back home and started the process and boom, suddenly we have ourselves a brand new Forum sitting here all white and sparkly and untouched. It's been awhile since I got my hands on something untouched, but I got to work. After some trial and error in getting my phenomenal cosmic admin powers all set up and good to go, I spent around an hour and a half on Tuesday night building the bones of the place. Creating the various Forums, all that. Not the wisest of ideas, frankly, as this was after I'd done the Tuesday Late Shift and by the time I was done, I had a grand total of about 2 hours of sleep before heading off to work.

    I got home today and polished off the rest of it. Creating the various subforums (like Columns Central and Competitions here in the CF, as well as the multitude of areas in LPW and all that), finding and reposting the Rules and 10 Commandments and Columns Hall of Fame. The HOF alone took a solid 2 hours. Lots of cutting, pasting and formatting to do with that one, on top of the time spent crossing my fingers and hoping against hope that I could find it either via Google cache or the Wayback Machine.

    I did that, got the threads in the LOP Radio subforum squared away, did some other random stuff here and there like set the various permissions and word limits and so forth... and was done. On the surface, it looks like we're just about good to go. All told it took me a total of about 7 hours to knock it all out. Maybe a bit more, definitely not too much less.

    Now? The waiting game. Calvin had to go and purchase a template package for the place so that we could have our trademark red and black color scheme. He also asked about the logo atop the page and I told him I had it saved... but that I also had another one that I made a few months ago to hype this place on Twitter and stuff. He liked the new logo, so that's what we went with. Or will go with. Hopefully. I gotta say that's kinda cool. Not only did I literally build this place from basically scratch, but I'll now have a logo of my own creation atop the page for probably the next decade or so. That don't suck.

    Upon posting this, I noticed that he did, indeed, use my design. Pretty cool, if only for me. Maybe you think it sucks. If so... fuck you. Design your own damn logo.

    What does suck is the customer service for the place where Calvin purchased the red and black template. The purchase has to be verified and whatnot before it becomes active and they're apparently taking their sweet ass time in doing that. So for right now everything is all white and blue and it's honestly kinda throwing me off. It's like I'm writing a column on foreign ground. Just doesn't look or feel quite right, you know?

    We have plans to go ahead and open the place up for new members to start joining shortly, despite the colors and logo not being in place until probably tomorrow. Mainly for the purposes of getting the Staff all signed back up and stuff. Once the look is squared away I'll then make the announcement that we're once again open for business across various social medias and such. And we'll be off to the races, rebuilding this place in the most important way. Filling it with its most valuable resource.

    That would be you. Or most of you, at least. Some of you probably kinda suck. Law of averages, dig?

    But yeah, that's where we stand as I write this. Speaking of which, why am I writing this? Well, it's not the first time I've done so. Once, back in the days when board resets were an almost annual event, I found myself the only member of the CF community with access to the board. So I wrote a column. I never even knew if anyone would see it. I just wanted to be the first to post something in a fresh, completely unspoiled Columns Forum. There can only be one first column, you know?

    So I kinda wanted to do that again. I also wanted everyone to sign up and see this here, maybe give it a read and have any questions about what happened answered. Since taking over as the head admin guy just over a year ago, I've done my best to operate in a fairly transparent matter. I don't want to just do stuff, I want everyone to understand why I'm doing stuff. Thus why I made a post about the death of the FFA, even though I knew it'd be somewhat controversial and unpopular among some folks. It's also why I tend to just flat out say that something is wonky or bullshit when I see something that's wonky or bullshit. Transparency in one's authoritative approach breeds not only understanding but also a sense of community, especially when folks feel like the one doing the authoritating is approachable and open to discussion about whatever situation may arise. I hope that I've presented myself in that fashion. If I've somehow fallen short in doing so, here's me saying it flat out. If I make a call that you don't agree with or if I ask for everyone's opinion on something, feel free to offer up your thoughts. Even if they differ from my own, I want to hear what you guys think. This isn't MY Forum. It's OUR Forum.

    That's all a bit grandiose, though. Mostly I just wanted to be the first to post in the new CF and wanted to avoid getting the same "What happened?" PM from about 637 different people.

    So here I am. Rock you like a hurricane.

    I guess that's about it. Still no word from Calvin on the whole opening the board up for new members thing. I wonder if he's wanting me to do it? I wonder if I even can? I'll have to check that out here in a minute. I think it's within my capabilities. Not entirely sure.

    Anwho, what's up with you guys? What'd you do during our forced, almost week-long sabbatical from LOP Forums? I know a lot of you were really feeling the loss of the place, as a fair amount of you have been hitting me up with DMs on Twitter and messages on Facebook and whatnot. I felt it, too. I checked back a few times every day, just hoping that it had somehow self corrected and that all was back as it had been. No such luck.

    For my part, I worked. Well, I didn't start there. The board went down Friday, I spent Saturday doing some grocery shopping and hanging out with my family during the day before getting drunk and watching Beavis and Butt-Head Do America in the evening. I then slept a good portion of Sunday away before watching Backlash and doing the Aftershock show with Plan on LOP Radio. Got about 2 and a half hours of sleep that night, then rolled into Monday. Went to work, came home, did some stuff around the house before catching about 4 more hours of sleep and then watching Raw and doing The Late Shift. Had some trouble getting to sleep despite being basically exhausted and wound up getting about 3 hours before heading out to work again.

    I've pretty much already broken down my Tuesday and Wednesday. Went to work on Tuesday, came home oddly full of energy and cooked a week's worth of food for my dogs (ground turkey, brown rice, peas and carrots with a liberal pouring of unsalted chicken broth) before finally hitting the wall and getting about 2 hours of sleep. Watched SmackDown, did The Late Shift, then rebuilt the Forums for awhile before catching another couple hours of sleep. Went to work today (Wednesday), had a shitty time there as some stuff went wrong that fucked up the entire flow of the process, came home and spent the overwhelming majority of the day sitting in this chair continuing to rebuild the Forums.

    Now? I'm writing this. Soon to click Submit New Thread, then I'll look around the Admin Control Panel to see if I am, indeed, capable of opening the Forum up for new members to join. If so, I'll hit up the members of the Staff that I have contact info for and then head to bed. I've got an early start time tomorrow of 4:45am, which means I need to wake up around 3:45 to get ready and make the drive. In other words, I've gotta get up in approximately 4 hours. Joy.

    It feels like I've gotten a lot done over the last few days. But I ask again, what about you guys? How did you fill the time you'd otherwise spend hanging out around here? Did you do anything fun or interesting? Hit a brother up in the feedback. I may not reply to every single post (I think I'm gonna slip into a coma for a few days after this Forum stuff is all squared away), but I guarantee I'll read every one. And yeah, I'll try to reply. I get the feeling I'll be spending a lot of time troubleshooting various stuff around here for the next week or so, so I'll certainly be around.

    I hope you guys are well. I also hope that I got everything right in rebuilding the place. If something's off, please feel free to hit me up and let me know so that I can get it corrected. I'm sure little issues will be popping up here and there for awhile. Just let me know when you run across one and I'll fix it.

    In the meantime, thanks for reading. I know this was probably kinda boring, but at least now you know what happened, I guess. And you know why I haven't been around as much. I'm fucking tired. And old.

    While life may suck in a lot of ways right now, though, it's very, very far from all bad. At least I've got a job, you know? Even if it's shitty, it's better than not having anything. And though being a guy pushing 40 and living with his mom is pretty fucking weak, at least I have family that cares enough to lend a hand when I need it. Not everyone does.

    And now? Now I've got my Forums back. My home away from home. The place that occupies most of my time on the toilet. The place where my friends all congregate and talk about cool shit. The place where the best goddamn collection of wrestling writers in the world do their thing to both make me think and provide me with entertainment.

    LOP Forums has returned. I missed it. I'm pretty sure most of you did, too.

    You guys take care of yourselves out there in the really real world. Remember that nothing is trivial.

    Much love.

    Oh, and welcome home.


    -Steven

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    Good to know you’re doing well Steve and I share your sentiments in wishing everyone else well too.

    I had a week with a number of lows including failing my driving test, but there were some highs too such as a job interview for another job at my work. Plus I’ve just returned to the Main Page after a break and I feel so much better in myself compared to when I stopped writing, so that’s a plus.

    Also Steve, never be ashamed of living with people who care about you. I know that you’re not of course. Parents or no parents, pushing 40 or not pushing 40, the very least that you deserve in life is to be valued and appreciated.

    Here’s to the new Forums.

    EDIT: We’re red and black guys!
    I also want to say thank you to yourself and Calvin for the hard work you have put in to get this place up and running again. Great job all.
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    Thanks for the info, Steve! I'm loving the new look. And I finally got to update my name properly!

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    Hey, was always a lurker on the previous forum so figured now'd be a good time to register an actual account. Thanks for the info on what went down, and liking the new design and look of the place!

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    I love you guys. Well done to Steve for all your amazing work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver_ix View Post
    Hey, was always a lurker on the previous forum so figured now'd be a good time to register an actual account. Thanks for the info on what went down, and liking the new design and look of the place!
    Welcome! A very good time, indeed.

    Cheers for the update, Steve.

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    Sucks what happened but man, Calvin did some good work here. Yeah, they didn't deserve any more money after that crud.

    Thanks for this piece Steve.

    Now... This weekend may be a long one... Having to rebuild down below.

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    I go away on holiday for a week and came back with code porn! $^%*$(&$^(7fo67o7^T)&*%(&^$6

    Honestly, thanks to you, Calum and anyone else that helped get this back up and running. Maybe this will give me the kick up the backside to try and start column writing properly.

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    Thanks for setting this all up Steve, your work does not go unnoticed, also pass on our thanks to Calvin for going out of his way to get the ball rolling.

    Also your writing flows so well, I feel like I read your pieces just on and on, you just have a good way of spinning a yarn.

    Now thanks to you we have the house, for the rest of us, let's bring back the party!
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    Thanks for fixing everything and your hard work steve.

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    I've already mentioned it other places before, but thank you so much for all that you do around here. Not just in the last couple of days setting things up after things crashed, but ever since you've been running the board. You have a ton of stuff going on and yet you still take great care of this place. As someone who's been coming here for over ten years now, I'll forever appreciate that.

    Calvin also deserves huge props for this. Admittedly, I don't give him much thanks or anything since he's not around (the most I've chatted with him have been one or two emails spanning just a sentence or two). But as you put here, if it weren't for him having this place set up for all of us, well... we wouldn't be having this conversation, and probably would have never be congregating here together. Adding the fact that he dealt with these things while going through some horrible personal times as well, I can't be more thankful to him as well.

    The TL;DR here is that I sincerely appreciate you both more than you'll ever imagine.

    EDIT: Also, I will use the line "what looked like a phonetic text translation of R2-D2 and BB-8 having phone sex" whenever I'm doing some programming work and there's any bugs that print out a string of gibberish.
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    We're back, back in black!!

    Thanks to you guys for getting this sorted, and screw you to the companies that fucked it up for us!

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    Thanks for all your efforts Steve!

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    Thanks for getting us back up and running.

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    Big props to both Calvin and Steve for their work in getting us back on board! I'm digging the new look of the site, too.

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    Jesus Christ Steve, you're, like, the most likeable person I think I've ever met online. You're a goddam American icon.

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    Thanks Steve, nice to see things back up and running. Great work!

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    Good Steven, I foresee that your power shall increase and your enemies will decrease. Do not fear.

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    You guys did it. You and Calvin. And on Rusev day no less! Modern saints


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    Hey everyone! I found the place at last.

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    Props to Steve and Calvin for getting this place up and running again. And in such short time as well, kudos, gentlemen.

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    I like seeing everyone show up. Makes me feel happy.

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    I love you all.

    Thanks for the updates, Steve, and glad to know you're doing well. And hey, should he read this, thanks to Calvin, too.

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    As the kids say, "God's plan" for this forum to be resurrected from the dead.
    Thanks Steve for a heartfelt and friendly welcome home, and all the rebuilding you have done. How very Seth Rollins of you. Pretty quick rehab!
    Thanks to Calvin for providing the means for it to come together.

    Time to get back to work, filling this forum with the best writing and wrestling discussions on the net.
    And yes, I purposely put writing first. Some of the best writing I've ever read comes out of this place.
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    Thanks for all the hard work Calvin and Steve! And to my CF crew..I miss you guys! Some of the best writing I've seen anywhere comes from right here

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    Quote Originally Posted by typeitinmaan View Post
    Thanks for all the hard work Calvin and Steve! And to my CF crew..I miss you guys! Some of the best writing I've seen anywhere comes from right here
    We keep the standards in the forums high by sending the weaker members to the main page
    The newest instalment of FACT or FICTION is here!
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    Lol I handled my demotion with dignity and class

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    So that is why I was out the door so quickly.

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    Hey, Steve, thanks for all you do to give us a chance to share our love for wrestling and our art. I don't think I could do the same for this place, while doing my job...bc Im too lazy to delete, let me say I KNOW I wouldn't...Thanks for all you do and all you did to keep this place open...thanks for it all from the forums to the corners of this place that maybe not I, but others enjoy.

    Again, thank you!
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    This was a cool read. A "fly on the wall" for what was going on under the hood over at LOPland.

    I became a bit more vocal on the twitters and facebooks of the world, but did miss here.

    I did also try and get tore into things again with a column drop and what I hoped would be some machete order on the White Stripes discography, but I'm still in the throes of a beee-RUTAL sickness and diarrhoea bug. So my ability to dive fully back into the forum was halted by some graphic nastiness.

    Hopefully back to full fitness in due course.

    Steve, with the forum up and running again, I hope you find more hours to catch up on sleep, especially with the late-shift double header with work mere hours away.
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    Thanks Steve, I literally signed up about a month ago and went to log in and my ID didn't work, email wasn't in the system. Was wondering what happened.

    I understand the changing of jobs thing, I had that personally go on about 4 years ago. I went from a full time photographer (making decent money) to hardly taking photos anymore because the money and time it takes just wasn't worth it. Being married, daughter is going to be a teenager soon, I decided to join the work force and get what everyone likes to rib on me as a "Real Job."

    Recently I've decided to go back to school and finish my BA to go into a field I feel is more for me and gives me a way to do something I love and also support my family.

    Thank you again for explaining everything,

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    Welcome home indeed!

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    Welcome! Awesome sig, what a great storyline that was. I hate that ROH is so shitty about releasing their old shows, feels like they're sitting on a nice chunk of change but I guess Sinclair just doesn't give a crap.

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