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Where are we all from????

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  • Where are we all from????

    I thought this might be a good thing to know. Maybe some of us can start new user groups.

    Jamin Dunivan Chesterton Indiana approx 1 hr east of chicago.

  • #2
    RE: Where are we all from????

    Great idea:

    I'm from Flint ,MI.
    Hope there are othernusers close by.


    • #3
      RE: Where are we all from????

      There's a Tampa user group that is meeting once a month. In fact, our last meeting was this past Monday evening. If anyone is interested in this, let me know.

      -- tom


      • #4
        RE: Where are we all from????

        Central Michigan, 30 miles south of Cadillac.


        • #5
          RE: Where are we all from????

          Noble D. Bell
          Mayfield, KY -- 200 Miles Slightly west of Louisville, KY


          • #6
            RE: Where are we all from????

            Where I'm from, we don't end our sentences with prepositions.

            Sorry, I know it's an old joke, but my mother was an English teacher.

            There can be only one.


            • #7
              RE: Where are we all from????

              Great idea!

              I'm in Lake Oswego, OR -- about eight miles south of Portland.

              Geoff Hollander


              • #8
                RE: Where are we all from????

                So..a preposition is not something to end a sentence with.

                Ok, then what do you end them with?



                • #9
                  RE: Where are we all from????

                  Not with a bang, but with a whimper....

                  And that was two, you're only allowed one.
                  There can be only one.


                  • #10
                    RE: Where are we all from????

                    I am in Brossard, Qué, near Montréal.

                    I only know of one other user in this area.



                    • #11
                      RE: Where are we all from????

                      Bezerkely, CA


                      • #12
                        RE: Where are we all from????

                        Now there's a sense of humor!
                        There can be only one.


                        • #13
                          RE: Where are we all from????

                          Do you know my friend Pete Markantes? He lives in Lake Oswego. I'm in Marietta, Ohio.


                          • #14
                            RE: Where are we all from????

                            I'm not sure where I live. Nobody seems to want me :(
                            I live in Salem Township, Washtenaw county, MI but have a Northville mailing address (Wayne county) and my kids went to school in South Lyon (Oakland county). Anyway, it's about 15 miles north of Ann Arbor. By the way, speaking of kids, my youngest just graduated Valedictorian in a class of 423. Not bad for a Locklin!


                            I recently had an English teacher tell me that not ending sentences with a preposition was never really a rule. She said it was now considered acceptable to end sentences with prepositions. I've also noticed that Microsoft has decided that the advent of the computer has now somehow changed the rule about two spaces after a sentence. In their mind(?) it is now not only acceptable but considered proper to use only one. I once found a statement to that effect somewhere in their help files. (OK, I know there are some issues with this when working with computers but I find it VERY hard to believe they can't be overcome with a little bit of effort.) By the way, you will notice the almost all of my postings have 2 spaces after every sentence.

                            I thought the rules of English were intended to make communications faster and better. For example, it has actually been proven that two spaces between sentences improves reading speed. The same for proper grammar and punctuation.

                            Do you get the feeling that we are changing or eliminating rules just to make it easier for the ignorant rather than asking the ignorant to learn the rules? (Just in case anyone isn't certain, I'm using ignorant here in its correct sense of "not educated" on a specific subject. For example, "That guy may have a PhD. in biology but he's sure ignorant about quantum mechanics." Not stupid, just ignorant.)

                            In case anyone is offended by this, I apologize for getting on my soapbox.


                            • #15
                              RE: Where are we all from????

                              Two spaces after the period was for typewriters and other monospaced situations. One space is for proportional fonts.

                              Personally I live in Penn Valley, have an Ardmore phone number and a Wynnewood zip code - but say I live in Philadelphia, PA