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Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Wed, 11th Jun '08 9:46 AM


Two years in…. I’m just about to celebrate my two year anniversary on sploofus but since I’m going away for the rest of the month I’m posting a day or two early. Apologies for what might seem like an egocentric post, but I just wanted to say thank you to sploofus, and to tell all the relative newcomers what a fun site it is, and also to encourage you all to become gold or platinum.
My experience may be typical, I’m not sure. I found the site by accident, played a little on the TQOTD, and started playing word rounds and word matches, with no success. I was sure people had to be cheating; but eventually I remember getting below 20 seconds. It took me about six months to win a round; I remember being first with one minute to go and disbelief when someone sneaked in at the end to top my score.
My favorite activities back then were writing quizzes – but there was a limit of three a week. I was probably much more careful when I had spare time. And I loved the WP – but could only do one a week.
And I had all those wager tokens sitting around; what to do with them? You can’t boost your score much with showdowns! I had made the top 100 and was really proud of myself because I was not gold..but the way ahead was tough.
Then lightning struck; there was a short-lived precursor to WTHAI; it lasted a couple of months and I think I won the last one, identifying a photo of “Richard Feynman. I got a month’s free gold membership, and promptly blew a wager! I lost a million points and started regretting the whole thing.
But I got smarter, used my wagers more efficiently, and anted up for gold renewal when my month was up. And I have never regretted it.
So to anyone out there just playing TQOTD: check out Word Puzzles and Quiz Writing. And if you think playing two WR or WM an hour is restrictive invest in a gold membership (or persuade your spouse to do it for you). Then you can be like me, spending the best years of your life chained to a computer, and loving it!
And again thanks to sploofus for all the fun you’ve given me.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2476)
Wed, 11th Jun '08 10:31 AM

What a nice post! Have fun Gary!

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Wed, 11th Jun '08 4:05 PM

Happy Anniversary, Barry. Have a safe trip.

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Thu, 12th Jun '08 10:11 PM

What a cool story Barry! My first year was minimal too...then got hooked. Maybe I'll tell the story at my anniversary...

So WTG!!! For you, and for Sploofus. You have brought a lot to the "table". Thanks and Happy Anniversary!


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