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Author Topic: 2nd Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!  (Read 3691 times)

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Offline Boo Radley

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2nd Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« on: February 05, 2007, 07:08:23 PM »
2/13/07

I'm bumping this thread in partial penance for my behavior recently but also because there should be a lot more people chiming in their appreciation for the moderators.   Even though this post refers to "Am I Infected," the most infuriating forum imaginable, the mods too often have to step in when a few of us are batting at each other with wilted lilies (I stole that line from Gods and Monsters, one of my favorite movies).   

I'm going to keep tally and if some of you don't post I will publicly post your name and the crime you committed which demands you show appreciation!! 

------------------------------------------------------original post----------------------------------------------------------------------

Being an overly self-obsessed person I haven't ventured into the "Am I Infected?" forum for a few months.  A few minutes ago I finished a quick look at the topic list and all I have to say is this:

Ann, Andy, RapidRod, ACinKC, and others who offer help, you must have the patience of true saints or be on some pretty radical meds. 

I ask everyone like me who rarely travels to "Am I Infected?" to take a look from time to time to see what true professionalism is about (a test I would tragically fail in this respect, having a civil-service background).  Where most of us would quickly flip the proverbial finger to some of the WWs who post repeatedly the mods and the select band of people who volunteer in the forum do an incredible job every day.  A fair share of people are wackos of every flavor and size who ask the most ignorant questions with an absolute, angst-ridden belief they have contracted HIV from a toothbrush or a shared glass or a mosquito. 

I apologize for being so uncharitable toward other humans but at my age being curmudgeonly comes more easily.

Boo
« Last Edit: February 13, 2007, 12:25:01 PM by Boo Radley »
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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 07:09:39 PM »
hear, hear! I never go in there anymore, I'd go nuts!!
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2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline dtwpuck

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007, 07:25:16 PM »
I stopped reading it too because it's the same thread over and over.  I think that the forum volunteers deserve sainthood for it.
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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007, 07:40:25 PM »
I agree completely. I can't go in there either. I am getting anxious just thinking about it...

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2007, 08:08:24 PM »
For Andy, Ann, RapidRod, Coffechick, AcinKC, and all the others that deal with the Am I Infected. 
                                         
                               

Job well done!

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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007, 08:20:17 PM »
Bravo!
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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007, 08:28:01 PM »
I'd have to agree, these wonderful people certainly deserve applause...

but Rodney, a Saint??
 ;)

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007, 09:08:48 PM »
Nadine, I've been called worse over there.  ;D Hmmm I kinda like Saint Rodney.  ;)

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007, 10:00:06 PM »
I agree with the others. I don't know how y'all do it...
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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2007, 10:35:51 AM »
Thanks guys!  :-*

I do it as penance for my sins. I've been a baaaadddd girl! Three Hail Mary's and twenty posts in Am I! :D I ain't even Catholic!  :-X
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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2007, 10:38:30 AM »
I agree with the others. I don't know how y'all do it...

Having one finger on the merge button and another on the time out button sure helps!

And I think Rodney drinks. But don't quote me on that. ;D

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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2007, 11:12:26 AM »
At one time I did Ann. Now if I need the buzz, I go take my meds with a nerve pill chaser.  :D

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2007, 11:21:26 AM »
I stopped reading it too because it's the same thread over and over.  I think that the forum volunteers deserve sainthood for it.

Absolutely the truth! Where in the world does one get so much patience?

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2007, 12:03:42 PM »
Thanks guys!  :-*

I do it as penance for my sins. I've been a baaaadddd girl! Three Hail Mary's and twenty posts in Am I! :D I ain't even Catholic!  :-X

I second this!  But I would like the chance to spank ANN in a school girl outfit!  Is that wrong?

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2007, 12:09:02 PM »
I second this!  But I would like the chance to spank ANN in a school girl outfit!  Is that wrong?



eep! #1 - my butt is MUCH more shapely than Laura Lee's!

eep! #2 - um, just EEP! :P

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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2007, 12:13:41 PM »
SWEEEEEEEEEET!  That wasnt a NO!   ::) :o ;D
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2007, 12:48:18 PM »
SWEEEEEEEEEET!  That wasnt a NO!   ::) :o ;D

::)

I'm sayin' nuthin!

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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2007, 07:28:24 PM »
Thanks to all of you.  Having spent time on the National Aids Hotline ('I had sex with a cow over the weekend, can I get AIDS?' 'There was something on a toilet seat. There was something on a faucet....)  And the answers, of course, had to come from the CDC, not the New York TIMES that day.  So I know how much patience is involved in repeating, repeating, repeating when you might prefer to click the applicable thread.  Win
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2007, 08:09:28 AM »
Hi Win...

Is it true that the AIDS hotline has a set script for the phone volunteers to read? It sure seems that way and it would also seem the script, if one does indeed exist, is sorely outdated.

I'm judging by what people in the Am I forum come back to us with after they've been on the phone to the various hotlines. Usually what they've been told makes me want to pull my hair out and jump off a bridge.   >:(

Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Ann

PS - Win, you forgot about doorknobs and people who think they got infected by taking the test.  ::)
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2007, 08:45:04 AM »
I second this!  But I would like the chance to spank ANN in a school girl outfit!  Is that wrong?


Her outfit doesn't look like any schoolgirl's uniform I've ever seen.

Boo
P.S.  The whole spanking thing is lost on me.   I've looked at some gay spanking porn (blush...) and it was about as exciting as a sink full of tepid dishwater.
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Re: Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2007, 10:17:52 AM »
I agree Boo.  Spanking really doesnt do it for me either.  But Ann NEKKID?!?!?  Now your talkin!!!  And apparently you haven't seen what the school girls are wearing these days.  That is a Catholic Uniform now.
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2007, 10:38:44 AM »
PS - Win, you forgot about doorknobs and people who think they got infected by taking the test.  ::)

I caught HIV from a tube of Chapstick. 

Boo
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2007, 11:24:07 AM »
Hi Win...

Is it true that the AIDS hotline has a set script for the phone volunteers to read? It sure seems that way and it would also seem the script, if one does indeed exist, is sorely outdated.

I'm judging by what people in the Am I forum come back to us with after they've been on the phone to the various hotlines. Usually what they've been told makes me want to pull my hair out and jump off a bridge.   >:(

Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Ann

PS - Win, you forgot about doorknobs and people who think they got infected by taking the test.  ::)


Thanks for pointing your post out, Ann.  I was so (speechless) with the spanking image that I doubt I would have wandered back here.  :D

Dating back to when I was part of it as an 'information specialist,' the National Aids Hotline had a contract between its parent company, ASHA (American Social Health) and the CDC to run it.  We weren't volunteers.  We were paid and perhaps trained?  At that point in time, the hotline had an office in NYC and Research Triangle Park.  I worked at the former office, coming in between the overnight and morning shift.  If I remember correctly, R.T.P. was off during the overnight and early morning, perhaps due to the lack of call volume.  The problem for us was that the New York TIMES would have a front page article on a given morning and New Yorkers would start calling us about it, but, in theory, we could not comment on an article until 'given' the comment from the CDC which had not yet gotten its copies let alone read them and digested things.  With that in mind:

1) Yes, there was more or less a set list of comments we could make. I am sure the information is dated because of the cycle required to draft anything new.  NOT a concern when I was part of it.

2) We were supposed to limit the time with each caller, sending out approved pamphlets and/or referrals to approved local agencies. Imagine how this works when the person you are speaking to is actually not worried well but someone with a real problem, a possible means of infection and we were asked to drop the call.

3) We were monitored by supervisors.  When they were listening and when they weren't was an unknown to us.

4) One of our problems was that a given 'regular' caller would call in, get a reply then call back, perhaps slightly adjust his or her story and then react when we tried to pick things up and give a consistent reply back.  If we deviated even slightly, he or she would have a fit, 'but the first person I spoke to said....'  These people were so regular that each of us knew him or her by voice. 

5) The whole which the hotline is intended to plug is that the 'government' is not doing anything.  Period. And you can imagine that given the conditionis in R.T.P., I would bet that no i.s. gets into bucking the set replies.

P.S. I did forget the endless stream of guys as well right after a weekend who had had sex with someone other than his wife, when we had to mention that you couldn't find out that day if your 'date' had been infected.  Best, Win
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Re: 2nd Certificate of Appreciation for a job well done!!
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2007, 12:25:22 PM »
Le bump...
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