Re: Real Game Thread
posted at 5/11/2011 11:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Real Game Thread
[QUOTE]Hey all, I just wanted to drop in and say it was a pleasure watching the Celtics this year with all of you. I am DEFINITELY staying on this board and hope to still know all of you when we DO get #18. It's obviously hard right now... I've vented all my feelings to my best friend and am in a pretty good place considering the circumstances. We just need to get through it one day at a time. #18 will be ours some day. We will follow them there and celebrate when that time comes. I'm not sure how much I'll be on this board the next few days because I really don't want to read the trolls' posts and get emotional again. And if you're a troll reading this, please don't bother responding because I won't respond to you! But for my fellow Celtics die-hards, I will be totally here for you if you'd like to friend and/or message me. Again, you are all wonderful people and I look forward to staying in touch, and yes, having our little online #18 party some year, hopefully soon.
Posted by MsLithium21[/QUOTE]
To Lithium and all the great new posters: Thank you for bringing new life to this board. [Eat your heart out Sam and your private club group.] The exerpt below is from an essay about Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York and the Emerald Necklace in Boston; I think it applies to what has been re-created here on this board. The quote is from the 1800s, so think about its message, not its specific words. And remember, Go Celtics!
In an oft-quoted passage, Olmsted describes, with manifest satisfaction, the way in which his landscape designs facilitated social togetherness:
"Consider that the New York and Brooklyn Park are the only places in those associated cities where, in this eighteen hundred and seventieth year after Christ, you will find a body of Christians coming together, and with an evident glee in the prospect of coming together, all classes largely represented, with a common purpose, not at all intellectual, competitive with none, disposing to jealousy and spiritual or intellectual pride toward none, each individual adding by his mere presence to the pleasure of all others, all helping to the greater happiness of each. You may thus often see vast numbers of persons brought closely together, poor and rich, young and old, Jew and Gentile…I have looked studiously but vainly among them for a single face completely unsympathetic with the prevailing expression of good nature and light-heartedness" (Olmsted 1997e, 186). What Olmsted captures in this excerpt—the simple joy of human togetherness that can be experienced by a large group of people that is at once marked by its diversity and its common fate--is an aspect of democratic life that is mostly absent in our contemporary discussions of democratic institutions and processes.
Frederick Law Olmsted
Democracy by Design