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Re: GSBN:Off-topic

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<font size=3>Happy Birthday, David E! 
(Thanks Mark, for the notification.  Personally, I'm happy to read
"to-the-point" personal announcements about people on this
list.)  - Catherine 
At 10:56 AM 1/25/03 -0500, you wrote: 
<blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>David Eisenberg's birthday! 
While I don't think these announcements and well-wishes are a bad thing,
recent comments made here are a reminder that it might be just the sort
of tripe that drives people - like the birthday boy himself - away from
email lists. Me, I think it's part of the whole "community"
ethos of SB, which IMO is terribly important and increasingly overlooked.
If I should knock it off, say so. Publicly or privately, though privately
would probably be preferred by some number of folks rather than a
time-wasting thread about such a 'trivial' issue. I won't be offended or
That said, I'm still collecting SB birthdays for no reason other than
this kind of post (which may migrate into some other thing, or to some
other forum). Send your own, or rat out a friend. If I've announced yours
in the past and you want that to not happen again, let me know. 

Best Regards, 
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When
we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it
with love and respect. -- Aldo Leopold