Anyone know where Ashful went?

Easy Livin’ 3000

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Dec 23, 2015
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I took a long break since last season, and haven't seen Ashful around. Always enjoyed his comments and insights.

Folks come and go on these boards, but he was a long time heavy contributor here.
 
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MTASH

Burning Hunk
Dec 24, 2018
147
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Been wondering the same thing, we've mentioned it in the BK Performance thread but heard nothing so far.
 

bholler

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Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
23,118
central pa
Not sure I was wondering the same thing.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
Did you forget some punctuation? Makes a lot of difference.
Really? The grammar police now lol.

I know my punctuation and spelling is horrible. I never claimed otherwise.
 

Highbeam

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Dec 28, 2006
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Really? The grammar police now lol.

I know my punctuation and spelling is horrible. I never claimed otherwise.
Not the grammar police but without the comma your statement is pretty negative, with the comma it is pretty positive. This is one time where details matter. Never mind. Maybe you meant to be that way.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
23,118
central pa
Not the grammar police. Without the comma your statement is pretty negative, with the comma it is pretty positive. This is one time where details matter. Never mind. Maybe you meant to be that way.
I didn't mean it negatively I know it was a mistake I was clearly joking with my reply
 

Easy Livin’ 3000

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Dec 23, 2015
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It's funny how a comma can make the same sentence mean two entirely different things. It's also interesting how one's preconceived notions also affect how something is read.

Having read bholler's posts for several years, and actually meeting him in person, my read of his post was just that he was also curious of the whereabouts of a familiar and fellow hearth enthusiast who abruptly disappeared from the "community".

Going back and seeing the missing comma, I see the different possible meaning.

How much miscommunication occurs in the world because of poorly constructed, hard to use and understand languages?

In contrast, think of computer languages. If you don't communicate precisely right, it just doesn't work. Think of every time you try to save a file with a date in the name. A backslash (or is it just a slash?) (/) that you would use if writing the date (12/02/2020), results in failure, you must use a dash for it to work.

I've never been a fan of the vagaries and complexity of the english language, but my educational path and former career required precision. I sure didn't like it! It can contribute to early burnout, and could be precisely part of why someone might want to become a self-employed tradesman (chimney sweep, for example).

Anyway, I was sometimes mildly irritated (sometimes amused or concerned) by Ashful's incessant boasting and fanaticism towards a certain brand of stove, but I still enjoyed his company, valued his insights, and hoped to meet him one day.

2020 has been a hard year, and harder still, for some. I hope he disappeared just because he had an epiphany of how ridiculous it is to invest a lot of time, energy, and emotion into a social media site (even one centered around the wood heating lifestyle, and exceptions apply- staff members), and decided to go cold turkey and focus on the real world. I hope some other, more ominous, fate didn't befall him. Health issues, divorce or other family tragedy, career derailment, loom inevitably for us all during regular times. Now we all have a pandemic and fracturing civilization to plow through, during our journey.
 
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Grizzerbear

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Feb 12, 2019
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My grammar is terrible. Definatlely shows my hill billy ways but ahhh....o well lol. I've also wondered where woody stover is. I always got a kick out of his posts.
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,162
Eastern Central PA
I took a long break since last season, and haven't seen Ashful around. Always enjoyed his comments and insights.

Folks come and go on these boards, but he was a long time heavy contributor here.
He usually shows up in the Favorite beer thread. Busy guy. ,I get exhausted just thinking about all the things hes into. Like keeping multiple stoves going heating a huge house and keeping up with the enormous wood supply needed to feed them all. Im the opposite, lots of stoves but part time burner ,a few cords can last me years.
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,941
SW Virginia
I won't speak for Ashful but I'm pretty sure he took personal exception to some assertions made by a mod here.

I also miss his contributions here.

Edit: Another thought along these lines - while it may seem silly to use smiley faces, likes, and proper punctuation and such, it does go a long way towards preventing misinterpretation of what is written. I know I've had trouble getting used to the idea of emoticons but sometimes conveying satire, humor, well-meaning criticism, etc. via written works is challenging.
 
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Easy Livin’ 3000

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Dec 23, 2015
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I won't speak for Ashful but I'm pretty sure he took personal exception to some assertions made by a mod here.

I also miss his contributions here.

Edit: Another thought along these lines - while it may seem silly to use smiley faces, likes, and proper punctuation and such, it does go a long way towards preventing misinterpretation of what is written. I know I've had trouble getting used to the idea of emoticons but sometimes conveying satire, humor, well-meaning criticism, etc. via written works is challenging.
Any chance you recall the topics/threads that were being discussed?

And I agree, the goofy emoticons etc. help to convey meaning. That said, I'm a middle aged grown man. I use them, but it sure makes me feel bad about myself.
 

semipro

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Jan 12, 2009
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SW Virginia
...I agree, the goofy emoticons etc. help to convey meaning. That said, I'm a middle aged grown man. I use them, but it sure makes me feel bad about myself.
Same here!
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,941
SW Virginia
Any chance you recall the topics/threads that were being discussed?

And I agree, the goofy emoticons etc. help to convey meaning. That said, I'm a middle aged grown man. I use them, but it sure makes me feel bad about myself.
I do know but I'd prefer not to share as it might be used to cast blame.

Edit: BTW, I don't think the trigger was particularly egregious, it was more of a cumulative thing.
 
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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,365
Northern Maine
I can make spell check lose it's mind but I get punctuation pretty well.
Sometimes I have the work in my sentence as I'm writing it but I forget to type it in.

Maybe someday I'll be perfect. LOL
 

kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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I won't speak for Ashful but I'm pretty sure he took personal exception to some assertions made by a mod here.
Nah, he's from the mid-atlantic, we have thick skin here, bet he spent a lot of time with his son sailing, put a bunch of hours on the big green machine and helped with the church. He'll be back when the cold settles in and outdoor things slow down some.
 
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Easy Livin’ 3000

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Dec 23, 2015
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Nah, he's from the mid-atlantic, we have thick skin here, bet he spent a lot of time with his son sailing, put a bunch of hours on the big green machine and helped with the church. He'll be back when the cold settles in and outdoor things slow down some.
Sounds like you know something.

Although I know your generalization is faulty (I'm from the same region and know skin thickness isn't a rule here, you jersey housewife), I hope you are right, and he comes back to check in that all is good.
 

Seasoned Oak

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Oct 17, 2008
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Eastern Central PA
I won't speak for Ashful but I'm pretty sure he took personal exception to some assertions made by a mod here.
Yea, ashful was outspoken about his views at times , and that gets shot down pretty quick here if your leaning conservative. Hell, i was called a xenophobe for referencing the origin of the Corona virus. Not sure how that works being i married an Asian and have 3 half Asian kids. I figured Ashful to be somewhere in the middle politically most of the time.
 
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Bad LP

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Nov 28, 2014
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Yea, ashful was outspoken about his views at times , and that gets shot down pretty quick here if your leaning conservative. Hell, i was called a xenophobe for referencing the origin of the Corona virus. Not sure how that works being i married an Asian and have 3 half Asian kids. I figured Ashful to be somewhere in the middle politically most of the time.
I’m a loyal gun carrying conservative. Not a liberal bone to be found in my body.
I tend to leave politics at the door unless you engage me but you will most likely not like my views unless you are from the same side.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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Yea, ashful was outspoken about his views at times , and that gets shot down pretty quick here if your leaning conservative. Hell, i was called a xenophobe for referencing the origin of the Corona virus. Not sure how that works being i married an Asian and have 3 half Asian kids. I figured Ashful to be somewhere in the middle politically most of the time.
Some here are on the liberal side some conservative but we really try to keep the political discussion under control.

And btw I am a loyal gun toting liberal lol. But can respect just about any view point that the person can argue intelligently. Ashful and I have had some more heated discussions but that doesn't mean I dislike him at all. I have had a few with you as well. But name-calling is never constructive. If I had seen that I would have removed the post whether I agreed with the person's politics or not.
 

kennyp2339

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He's around, lurking, the clues were seen on the go-fund me donation page
 
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Seasoned Oak

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And btw I am a loyal gun toting liberal lol.
That proves you cant put everyone in 2 seperate boxes. Too many variations. I guess most regular folks get along quite well at opposite ends of the spectrum even if the party leaders dont.
 
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kennyp2339

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That proves you cant put everyone in 2 seperate boxes. Too many variations. I guess most regular folks get along quite well at opposite ends of the spectrum even if the party leaders dont.
I think this forum would be boring if we all thought the same. I like variety and think this forum is light years ahead with all the different thought processes that happen, makes us a unique but united group of people from around the world, hopefully we can get more people to join to.