Joined: Oct 04, 2008 Posts: 537 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:24 pm Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
So still being a old newbie, he is managing now, what he wanted to do then... look at the number of reply's to his post and not to mention the older one... went on and on... Nayak is almost insatiable
But it is a good read and I took so many days to finish the earlier post and after it was over I got exactly the same feeling as what I got after the IPL season got over and after going home I felt as if I did not have anything to do... (now I am trying his tactics)
Just kidding... hopr no offence is taken, as none is meant, I am actually a fan of Nayaks writing.
Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2911 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:52 am Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
What I really wanted was to keep fishes. Back to the basis now. I started lurking again.
I started increasing my tanks and got down to serious fish keeping.
I watched the posts by seniors as well as newbies for more knowledge. I began to recognise whose posts I must watch out for, and whose to ignore.
I started identifying posts by newbies posted tentatively as their initial posts. I sympathised with them in their effort to be accepted as part of the group. If no one posted I would give a small reply to them remembering my own initial days.
I saw newbies start their own threads. Many of them were simple ones like" My fish is sick" or " where can I buy this". I prevented my urge to post a link to them for referring to, just like a senior had done to ruin my first thread. But wait a minute! If that senior had not nipped my silly post in the bud, wouldn't I still be posting silly posts for posting's sake? Did he not actually do me a favour by making me think, so as to improve my hobby. Was I in fact, by my misplaced sympathy jeopardizing the growth of this newbie by pandering to him? Point to ponder!
I also observed a novel way of newbies to get the seniors to post in their thread. " SENIORS and EXPERTS ONLY REPLY!"
Now here was a delima if I ever saw one. Should I post here or not?
Was I a senior?
By age?- The needle of the gramophone of my age was stuck in "Sixteen going on Seventeen". So I was not eligible by age.
By experience?- The newbie was ambiguous on that point. He had not mentioned the years of experience, whether 1 year or 50 years.
Was I an Expert?- In what? In the subject which he has mentioned or in all of fish keeping? Again ambiguity!
I decided to post. Nothing ventured nothing learned.
Result- I nearly got my head bit off. He was really meaning the senior seniors. Not an older newbie!
I was in a happy and joyful mood. Oh! here is a post in which people are interacting happily. Almost like a chat room. I decided to post something witty. The frost that greeted my post almost gave me frost bite! It was a group of newbies speaking the same lingo, and I had posted in their thread unwittingly. The wheel had come a full circle and I was getting the taste of my own medicine.
Another new phenomenon was coming to my notice. To be sure I also grew up when the only net we knew were Mosquito nets and fishing nets. But being a bit tech savvy I managed to latch to Internet pretty early. Hobbyist's were coming on the net who had kept fishes for a long time. They were coming with the notion that having kept fishes for a long time they were experts at it. Extremely challenging for the seniors, Mods and Admins to handle these types. Luckily I am only an older newbie
When all this was going on was I Simon pure in my approach as an older newbie? Not true at all.
Like I said in the beginning, All this happened in a time long long ago and in a Galaxy far far away.
There was a galaxy by name Milky way, having a star by name Sun, having a planet by name Earth, having a continent by name Asia, having a country by name India, having a city by name kanpur.
There lived an enthusiastic hobbyist who wanted to have planted tanks. After great difficulty he managed to accumulate enough plants and started his tank. I full of admiration appreciated him for his effort in his thread. With the amount of new threads being posted, pretty fast the thread by this hobbyist moved off the front page and I forgot all about it. After a week I checked his thread out of curiosity and was aghast to find that he had posted directly referring to me if I had suggestions regarding his tank? Since I had not replied He must be feeling ignored. Even worse he might be feeling I was acting all high and mighty. But what do I do? I decided to PM him. It is nearly three months now and I have still not got around to doing it!
Joined: Feb 04, 2008 Posts: 498 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:59 pm Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
Nayak my favourite Authors as on date were James Hadely Chase, Allistair McLean,Wilbur Smith,Robert Ludlum,Loius L'amour,Robin Cook,Harold Robbins, JT Edson,..............now it is my pleasure to add your name to the list not at the end but in the beginning
Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
What! Who me?
Nayak, I warned you not to involve me in this. Memories were bad enough.
Well, what do you want to know? A day in my life? What! Who me?
(In bad grace) Okay! Hmmmmm…..
So here goes. A day in the life of an active Admin on www.iah.in
I usually get up at 5.00am in the morning.
After brushing my teeth I log on to IAH to find who has posted what in the night. I also check the headings of the PM and make a mental note to reply to them.
Around 5.30am I go to answer the call of nature. I hear my phone ringing and rush out to find who has called. It’s some fishy-guy who wants to know why the poop of his Betta is stringy and white in color. I reply to him for around 15minutes. Then I try to remember where was I? Oh yes, I was going to answer the call of nature.
6.00am. I leave for swimming at the club pool. Oh God! Here comes the club member who though he does not even have a fish bowl will pester me for the next half hour about Sharks and Piranhas.
He is highly impressed with the look-alikes – bala sharks, pacu and the like in the LFS.
Quick, Hide behind the tree. Has he left? Whew! Close call.
I get into the swimming pool. I have always loved to swim. Most probably that is why I love the aquarium hobby. I always love to get into water.
And Adip since I love to be in water thinks happiness is getting me into hot water. A source of constant trouble for me.
7.00am. Having had a bath I leave for my cousins house for a cup of tea and breakfast. Ah, to relax with a hot cup of tea and read the newspaper in leisure. My phone is ringing again. Hello, Nayak. What? You want to have coffee in the bakery. But I am having tea? What? All right, I will come. This Nayak. Why did the route to his factory have to pass in front of my cousin's house? Sometimes I think he does not come to see me. He just wants to ogle at the PYT's passing in front of the bakery on their way to work.
8.30am Its time to start my work. I have to travel 25 kms to meet a customer who has to make a payment. I start my 1.5 hrs drive. Now the phone starts ringing in earnest.
Hello?- My H.corymbosa has black spot on the leaves. What to do?
Hello?- My corydoras does not have moustache? What to do?
Hello?- My angels are lying on their side in deep sleep. It is nearly 9.00am now. How do I wake them up?
The drive has taken me more time than I had reckoned with.
10.00am. My customer is still to come. I sit in the lounge of the factory to wait for him. My phone rings again.
Hello?- Trevor Sir, That so and so has posted rubbish in my thread. He is trying to start a fight with me. You should ban him from IAH Sir...(Sobbing into the mouth piece of the phone) . Nearly one hour to calm him down. Oh, here comes my customer.
11.00am. I talk about payment. My customer talks about weather. I talk about my payment. My customer talks about politics.
I am about to loose my patience. Hello, My phone is ringing again.
Hello?- Sir, My goldfishes are really fat. They look like pineapples with their scale sticking out. I think they are pregnant. What should I do? As I start explaining my customer with his hands on my shoulder slowly glides me towards the exit of the factory. Still speaking on the phone, I wave him bye. Ah, Finished. But wait a minute. What about my payment. That wily customer has conned me again.
1.00pm. Its time for lunch. My stomach is rumbling from hunger. Nayak had interrupted my breakfast. Since all the places are taken up in the hotel I opt for self-service. I have taken a plate of curd rice, and about to have a spoon when the phone rings again.
Hello?- Trevor Sir. I have just purchased a XXX+++ golden monkey with peacock feather Flowerhorn. Where do I buy the Chowmein to feed it so that it gets a fat head? Ahh! See, I begin and the explanation takes a good 15 minutes. I switch off the phone and try to have my curd rice. But wait a minute? Where is my plate? The cleaner has taken it away when I was speaking on the phone.
2.00pm. It’s time for a meeting with one of my clients in real estate. Travel another 10 kms to that place. Takes about 0.5 hrs to reach it. My client is waiting for me. I have to show him a 40,000sq ft factory space. He plans to open a garment factory there and is aiming for 20 crores turnover per month. I am in full flow telling him about the salient features about the place like it’s a central place. Availability of workers etc etc when Tring Tring! My phone rings.
Hello? Sir! I am really very happy. My Gambusia female has given birth to 10 fry's. What should I do? My important client taps his feet in impatience for the next half an hour when I give instruction for postnatal care of Gambusia fry's. This particular client believes time is money. So on the verge of taking a decision, he has second thoughts about doing business with a person who will waste a whole half hour talking about fish. So I have to start all over again and somehow manage to convince him.
5.00pm. I have to rush home. I have a date with a Lady of whom I am serious enough. I think I will pop the question tonight. I am ready with the flowers and a ring. I have a hot bath and freshen up.
7.00pm. I am in the club. I wait for her. Here she comes. Wow, She is more beautiful then ever. I stand up tuck my paunch in and pull the seat out for her, full of gallantry. I can see she is impressed. Over a glass of fine wine I think the time has come. The wine goes in and gives me some warmth and a glow. The Gods have been good and kind. My well-fed fish have prayed for me. My small world is at peace.
Honey, Will you.....
Hello? My tiger sharks have ICH. What should I do?
ICH? I cry out and go on to explaining to this poor fishy guy. After about one hour I finish and am ready to resume my proposal. But to whom? The seat opposite me is empty. She has left! I try calling her. But her phone is switched off.
11.00pm. Success. My honey picks up her landline phone. What? She says. Marry a man with itch? Never she says. But, I explain. I do not have itch! She slams the phone down. That was my 23rd honey in as many months.
The others thought I had worms, flagellates, leaches, lice and what not.
I console myself. My tanks are a great stress buster. If honey had entered my life she would have thrown out the tanks and stressed me out. Its better this way till the next one comes along. All will happen in good time.
12.00pm. I decide to answer all my unanswered posts and PM’s. I log on to IAH and find there are more than fifty of them. Where to begin? Tomorrow I have to go on a one-day fish-collecting trip organized by Madan. I have to get up early. I will answer the PM’s till 2.00am and go to sleep.
Haloooo?(In a slurred voice) Trevor Saaar! How are you? Trevor Saab, how could you do this to me? I am your friend no? How could you promote that guy and ignore me. Trevor Jiiiiiii, This is injustice. I will come to your house now and convince you.
It takes me another hour to convince this fishmonger (LFS) that I am more easily convinced when the sun is beating down on my head. Not at midnight. Already its 1.00am. Now where was I? Yes, answering PM. I start, Dear so and so, what! Oh no. A power black out. I decide to try and go to sleep. But sleep doesn’t come easy. Must be all that driving around.
3.00am. I was just dosing off when again Tring, Tring.
Hello? Trevor Sir, This is Navaneeth(Natery) and Ravindran( oscar-lover). We were sitting in our office and wondering if we decide to come to the trip at 5.30am can we come? I blow up! #$%&^. You A** H**es , Bu…..ers I think I will give you a piece of my mind! And then I proceed to vent my entire frustration of the day on them. They switch off. Now why did I do that? They are nice kids. I will meet them tomorrow and square up. I try to go to sleep again.
4.00am. Time to get up and get ready. Otherwise that Nayak will come at 5.30am and honk his powerful horn loudly waking the whole neighborhood.
So Nayak. Satisfied? Happy? Now go away. I have weeks of postings and Pm’s to go through and answer. I do not want the Newbies to think of me as high and mighty like you.
Joined: Feb 04, 2008 Posts: 498 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:33 pm Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
Trevor this one is fantastic .If this is one page of a regular day, then one of your busiest days' will be even more deadly I guess .Trevor you should seriously think of outsourcing your work to a BPO (Saty--m) they are supposed to be very good at Fill in the blanks and spend your valuable time on getting your Honey back , and we at the same time get a reason to party
Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:50 pm Post subject: Re: Anxiety of a newbie poster,namely ME!
Thanks Yogoandra & Dinesh,
This outsourcing is a very good idea . I hope the founder will look at if favorably. I am not very out sourcing savvy. But I am sure it will give me a lot of time to chase the honeys.
There are twenty-three honeys in the running. They come in various shapes, sizes and colors. Just as I treat my fish equally I treat all of them equally and cannot find any difference.
I have to narrow done to one honey and give hot pursuit before she gives in. Now how do I narrow down to the chosen one?
Yes a panel of three independent judges and a coordinator. It should not only be fair but also seem to be fair.
Rigging it could get me in a real soup for life. It is already sending shivers down my spine. My fingers have become weak and I can hardly type in on the keyboard.
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