Why put quotation marks around the words? Either you ran away, or you didn't. You may have just run to your neighbor's house a block away, but in your little head you still ran away. Stop this insane use of punctuation!
No, but I did "runway".
When I was eight I threatened to run away from home. My father asked where I wanted to go and offered to drive me.
I didn't, but my sister did. This was in the late 60s. My mother and father were both abusive. Terrible situation.
She ended up coming back, but at 16 she moved out permanently after my fucking father tried to rape her.
I never did run away as a kid, but when I graduated from high school I hatched a failed plan. I had come out to my mom right after graduation, and she took it really poorly, and was pretty awful to me. It was just her I living at home. I decided to scrap my plans to attend college nearby, and I was going to hop on a bus to San Francisco (I lived in Iowa at the time). I had packed a backpack, left a note in my bedroom for my mom (who was home at the time, but we lived in a bigger house, so I could come and go quietly). I walked out the front door and walked several blocks towards the bus station. One block away, and her fucking car pulls up with her yelling "GET IN!". I was a totally pussy back then, so I did. We drove home, she made me unpack my bag and show me everything I was taking with me, and then I had to read the letter I left for her out loud, with her stopping and asking questions every few sentences ("Why would you say that?" "What were you going to do for money when you got wherever you were going?")
I ended up keeping my plans to go to college nearby (100 miles away), but I just quietly kept to myself that entire summer. Moving to college (which I did without her help) was one of the best days of my life.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
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