I've read several goodbye threads lately. I nearly posted this in one but thought it better not to mix this with someones salutations as an issue of respect to them and the people responding.
Am I the only one who finds departure messages strange.
I've never felt compelled to leave one.
Lets face it, if I get killed by a car while directing traffic at work tonight and never log back on here it will simply be a passing curiosity to those who even notice I'm gone.
I don't know, maybe it is a generational thing, but even though I form a connection to folks online I still do not have the emotional connection to them that I do friends I've made physical contact with.
Of course it could also be that my concept of friendship is so personally binding that I feel the same way about coworkers and casual acquaintances. I have an open and caring disposition that leads many people to think of me as a dear friend while the people I consider friends and feel that I can count on no matter what is a significantly shorter list.