GENERAL DISCUSSIONS

Browncoat Tradition

POSTED BY: DEEPGIRL187
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 5:06 AM

DEEPGIRL187


Being somewhat of a noob around here, I was wondering how the tradition of giving Browncoats to new members got started. I really think the giving of Browncoats is one of the things that makes us such a (mostly) warm, happy family. So, FollowMal and others, what's the story?

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"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:01 AM

FOLLOWMAL




I'm a bit reluctant to answer this one, DeepGirl.
I was unaware that new folk considered it a "tradition".

You know I started this after I'd been here awhile, not sure when.. or really where the idea came from.
Didn't think when I started that I probably shouldn't.. just blithely did it. It's become something I love to do.. I just enjoy it. There was a space of time where my friend Kaele and I did it, and had a lot of fun greeting and virtually feeding folk. She sort of drifted away from doing it.. got very busy.. but FloralBunny and some of the others have continued that tradition.

There was one thread some time ago, that questioned how the original members of this board felt about it and it got mostly good thoughts, so I continued. Folks seem to like it, I love doing it, so I keep doing it.

I think it stems from this being "home", it feels like home here and I think I wanted to extend that to all the new folk so they could enjoy that feeling too.

You know,I'm feelin' all kinds of pretentious... I think I'll go on back to my storeroom now.


"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:53 AM

DEEPGIRL187


No need to feel pretentious in the least.

I didn't mean to make it sound strange or anything; I like that you give out the Browncoats. I know how welcome it makes everyone feel. Knowing that there's people like you and FloralBunny to make everyone feel at home is comforting to noobs, I think. Being a noob is kind of scary at times. Sometimes I feel kind of self-conscious posting a topic or speaking up about something I feel strongly about. But knowing there are kind faces helps me to be more at ease.

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"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:59 AM

FOLLOWMAL




This is our home, DeepGirl187, and I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to say something you feel strongly about or to speak up.

Oh, and I may be overreacting a little to the question.. I feel kind of clutzy handing out 'coats sometimes.. but I'm not going to stop, not unless someone asks me to.

I'm glad you like it.

"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:02 AM

FUTUREMRSFILLION


You stop and we might have to introduce you to the engine!




Anyone has a problem with FollowMal handin' out the 'browncoats' can talk to me!



Its my most very favorite part of this place!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:04 AM

FOLLOWMAL




Why, thank you ma'am.....




"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:34 AM

TAYEATRA


I just think of it as the 'official welcome'. It's a great tradition and it really helps you find your feet. It's like a strange sort of acceptance to the community.

Never, ever stop!

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Dark Angel, Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Enterprise, Farscape... anything else you'd like to cancel?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:46 AM

FUTUREMRSFILLION


appropos of not this thread - where are Kaele and 11th hour?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:58 AM

UKSOUTHBROWNCOAT


I love reading the posts where new people get their browncoats. Always makes me smile. Its a part of why coming to this site makes me feel like I'm home:-).

Didn't actually get a browncoat yet myself, maybe today might be my lucky day?:-)

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:00 AM

FOLLOWMAL




Kaele is about, mostly on her site over at www.serenityday.org.

11th Hour's computer has been down. She has been doin' work in the Browncoat Event forum... will be doing more I expect. She's working right now to come up with a time and plan for the Firefly Fortnight. And knowing her, she's gonna come up with lots of fun stuff for us to do.

Can't wait!!

"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:04 AM

FOLLOWMAL



* Loud barker style voiceover*

And the next browncoat goes to.......

Uksouthbrowncoat!!!!

The proud owner of a fine browncoat in the tradition of Mal Reynolds!
Wear it with pride and remember you are a Browncoat *said with lots of reverence*

How'd I miss you? My apologies..and glad I caught up with you or is that you caught up with me? Well...

I love our home.

*Leaves the thread for the new random one.. thought of a good random thing...*




"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:11 AM

TRISTAN


That is the one thing I remember about first signing up here and posting my first thread...I was expecting to get flamed, and instead I was welcomed with open arms, food, Mudder's Milk, and my very own Browncoat!
*strike a manly Mal pose*
See? That kind of welcome makes this the shiniest place in the 'verse!

Thank you again to everyone who welcomes the newbies!



Holding until you get back, Captain.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:24 AM

RMMC


Welcome, Uksouthbrowncoat! It's always grand to have another new face about the place!

So how'd you get hooked on Firefly? Friend's? Family? Found it on you own? (My option was (c) all on my little lonesomes. )

Inquiring minds wanna know.



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RMMC

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:32 AM

RMMC


Quote:

Originally posted by Tristan:
That is the one thing I remember about first signing up here and posting my first thread...I was expecting to get flamed,...



I've been places where that's happened to me. Not from Browncoats, mind you, but in other, to remain nameless, fandoms.

I've just never understood that mentality. If you don't want new folks you start a private mailing list, you don't run other folks off. *sigh*

Folks like that just make me wonder if they was brought up by baboons, but then I later think that the observation is unfair to the baboons.

I'm just glad to see so many happy, friendly folks as we got here. Makes me proud to be a browncoat.

{EDIT} D'oh! My brain went AWOL. I forgot to say, how much I appreciate FollowMal's handin' out of the coats. Made me feel all happy.

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RMMC

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:37 AM

MORWEN112


I love the Browncoat tradition. Followmal gave me one when I first came and it made me feel right at home, even though I had been a member of the site for maybe a day or two.

Huzzah for the givers of Browncoats!



Mine is an evil sugar high laugh! Bwahahahaha!

Morwen

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:59 AM

DONCOAT


I remember when the "tradition" started, and when FollowMal graciously asked the "veterans" if it was all right to keep doing it.

I was one who answered (and said yes, of course). But now I look at my ID number and FollowMal's, and I can't really see how I ever thought of myself as much more of a veteran than she.

I think it's a great tradition, and as long as FM is willing to do all the hard work of hunting up the new 'coats and coating them, I'll feel like all's well on this old rust bucket.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:56 PM

FLORALBUNNY


*the bun's keen senses pick up the faint odor of "new browncoat" in this thread. she enters, laden with show-themed food.*

Welcomes all 'round, and have a strawberry. I've been out mugging Shepherds all afternoon and the haul is shiny indeed. Tomatoes, rosemary, cucumbers, zucchini, a lot of strawberries. In the souk they're selling ice-planets and imported Mudder's Milk from Higgins' Moon. We'll have a buffet together as soon as the cheese is hot and the cake-frosting is chocolate-y enough.

(FM, have you SEEN the slurpalicious not-from-the-series Nathan photo we are captioning this week? My keyboard is filling up every time I go to look at the pic for inspiration.)



bun
~6/23~Serenity/Firefly Summer~9/30~
----- why's the rum gone? -----

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 1:51 AM

FOLLOWMAL


Quote:

Originally posted by FloralBunny:
(FM, have you SEEN the slurpalicious not-from-the-series Nathan photo we are captioning this week? My keyboard is filling up every time I go to look at the pic for inspiration.)



Ok, oddly enough (I know this seems truly impossible!) I have not.. seriously link me to this not- from -the -series Nathan photo.

For I am weak and seeing Nathan/Mal will revive me and make me feel much better, Bun.



"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 2:09 AM

EMMARIGBY


Quote:

Originally posted by FollowMal:
Quote:

Originally posted by FloralBunny:
(FM, have you SEEN the slurpalicious not-from-the-series Nathan photo we are captioning this week? My keyboard is filling up every time I go to look at the pic for inspiration.)



Ok, oddly enough (I know this seems truly impossible!) I have not.. seriously link me to this not- from -the -series Nathan photo.

For I am weak and seeing Nathan/Mal will revive me and make me feel much better, Bun.



"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal



Oooh! Oooh! You have ta go look! There are some hi-larious ones this week! (I think I might have been getting a bit carried away!!)

It's over at

http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=20699

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 2:35 AM

FOLLOWMAL


OhhhhOhhhh,

Went and ogled and appropriately drooled.

I'll be in my Bunk!

Thank you girls!!!

"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:42 AM

SERENITYSLITTLEANGEL



Before we get too off-topic, I just wanna add my thanks to Followmal. I hadn't even been on the board for ten minutes when I got my very own Browncoat. I've had nasty experiences in other fandoms - but you made me feel like part of the family.

You guys are the best!!!!!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 11:34 AM

UKSOUTHBROWNCOAT


Gee thanks FollowMal just what I've always been wantin'

*shrugs into the new shiny, feelin kinda special* Seems to be just about perfect. Guess now might be the time to head to the Galley and catch myself some of those strawberries from FloralBunny before they disappear...

Thanks guys, you're stars:-)

RMMC, thanks for the welcome. How'd I get roped in? I was one of those reluctant folks who resisted the persuasions of friends for *months* and who finally gave in and sceptically watched the borrowed DVDs that they *insisted* on lending me without any encouragement whatsoever on my part to do so.

Now its a real affirmation to come onto this site and have an almost daily rerun of my own Firefly Emotional Journey from every new fan who joins the boards

The wheel turns. My best friend is still resisting my ravings about the show but he's weakening and I'm pretty sure that the taster DVD from Germany is going to clinch it...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 1:14 PM

SIMONB


Quote:

Originally posted by FollowMal:


I'm a bit reluctant to answer this one, DeepGirl.
I was unaware that new folk considered it a "tradition".




I have to say, it really is - for me anyway. Getting my 'coat was just such a cool way of being made to feel welcome and at home, and I have seen many new people seeking FollowMal for their 'coat.

I personally really love it, it's a great ice breaker and does contribute to the family feeling here in this shiny site. Every site should have a meeter and greeter like this one.

Don't stop! Keep holding that line and keep handing out them coats! Wars not done yet (we all ain't just folk yet) - we got a series to save, and this time I have a feeling the battle of Serenity Valley might have a happier ending for us browncoats!

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You know,I'm feelin' all kinds of pretentious... I think I'll go on back to my storeroom now.



Which means you're really sneaking back to pictures of the captain, right? lol



- Shiny. Let's be bad guys.

That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 2:52 PM

FLORALBUNNY


Way to go, FM. Got your link and didn't have to wait for me to show up back here....
That one should go in the Lashy File.
But I embarrass myself.

Welcome again to our newest members. Nothin's worse than showing up somewhere, getting up the courage for a post, then dealing with singed brows or cold indifference.

Hot chocolate in about fifteen...

If you see any llamas about, please put them in the pen.

bun
~6/23~Serenity/Firefly Summer~9/30~
----- why's the rum gone? -----

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:43 PM

PEULSAR5

We sniff the air, we don't kiss the dirt.


I'd like to echo my appreciation and thanks to Followmal. I haven't been on this forum as long as others and she always makes EVERYONE feel welcome and appreciated. I've thought more than once that if there was ever an election for Browncoat Of The Year she would win hands down.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:45 PM

FUTUREMRSFILLION


FollowMal

Our Captain looks loverly in his priestlike clothing in Dracula 2000. Hang on, while I rewind.


HMMMMMMMMM

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:58 PM

ICARUS


Forgive me for not understanding, as I have not been on FireflyFans.net lately. If someone could please let me know what this is, it would be most appreciated.

It does look interesting...

-Icarus

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 9:19 PM

FLORALBUNNY


Icarus, some of us have taken to welcoming
newcomers who identify themselves as such
on the board.

FM has a storeroom full of virtual browncoats
which will fit all comers.

I and others forage for strawberries and other
show-themed food for the buffet.
(Now that we're over 20850 it's getting too
hard to seat all at the galley table.)

Somewhere out in the cargo bay a vat of hodgeberry
wine is fermenting.

There has lately been an incursion of llamas through several threads but we are trying to
confine them to the virtual dance par-tay thread.

That should cover most of it.
I hope.

Don't be a stranger. Caption with us. Write poems. Dance.

Oh, and keep spreading the Firefly word.

bun
~6/23~Serenity/Firefly Summer~9/30~
----- why's the rum gone? -----

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Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:21 PM

SIMONB


Quote:

Originally posted by FloralBunny:

There has lately been an incursion of llamas through several threads but we are trying to
confine them to the virtual dance par-tay thread.



What?! They're still loose? run! run for your lives....!!!!

- Shiny. Let's be bad guys.

That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 10:35 PM

RESE


I have been out of the 'verse for over a week now, and with the exception of FollowMal, not in contact with any other soul. She not only hands out virtual Browncoats, she hands out love, support and gives of herself wholeheartedly.

Were it not for FollowMal aka Diane, I would not have made it through my rather trying ordeal.

I raise a glass of Mudder's Milk to our FollowMal! Thank you for being you! We love you!



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RadarRese

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:34 AM

NUCLEARDAY


Quote:

Originally posted by RMMC:
Quote:

Originally posted by Tristan:
That is the one thing I remember about first signing up here and posting my first thread...I was expecting to get flamed,...



I've been places where that's happened to me. Not from Browncoats, mind you, but in other, to remain nameless, fandoms.

I'm just glad to see so many happy, friendly folks as we got here. Makes me proud to be a browncoat.

{EDIT} D'oh! My brain went AWOL. I forgot to say, how much I appreciate FollowMal's handin' out of the coats. Made me feel all happy.

I was rather expecting to get flamed on my first entrance here, as well. IIRC, my first post here was a rather long diatribe about how great the show was and how wrong FOX was for killing it, etc. I think I even mis-spelled a few of the actors' names :) Looking back, would have been flame-bait anywhere else but here.

Instead, I got a few warm welcomes and my boorishly long thread was quietly pushed off to the archives where it belonged :)

Anyways, just a long way to add my hurrahs to the great community here. And of course a grand kudos to FollowMal and what has become a hall-mark of FFF.net. Never will get tired of seeing the welcoming committee popping by to let the new 'Coats know they've finally come home.

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You can take my browncoat when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers. (Or if Kaylee asks me nicely...)

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:42 AM

EMMARIGBY


Just wanted to say my own thanks to FollowMal. I've not been here long but you may have noticed I've made myself quite at home (moving my junk into all the spare rooms and tying up the phone for hours) and that's all thanks to the shiny way she and everyone else greeted me here.

I had never posted on any online board before and was very nervous! The shiny browncoat let me feel that I didn't have to earn my right to have opinions but was already accepted even by the long-term members.

Plus, the thought of that lovely virtual coat inspired me to go out and get a real one that everyone could see! Your good influence is therefore spreading to everyone I now meet!

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 5:23 AM

FOLLOWMAL




RadarRese!!

You're home! I've missed you terribly and *hugs*!

Pull up a chair in the galley, and we'll spoil you rotten.

*Seats RadarRese and begins to yank stuff out of stores to spread on the table for a lovely welcome home feast. There's strawberries and I hope cream, (I put in a request ) from FloralBunny and Mudder's Milk and fresh bao and some hot wife's soup.

*Sits down with a hot cup of coffee to visit*



"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 5:48 AM

SOULQUAKE


Well, I ain't got a coat, and that's okay! But I sure wouldn't mind some of those strawberries over there... :D

I'm not a big message board person in general. But this place.. dunno - it's just different :)

---
"Sun came out, and I walked on my feet and heard with my ears. I ate the bits, the bits stayed down, and I work. I function like I'm a girl. I hate it because I know it'll go away."

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 5:53 AM

FOLLOWMAL




You can't be without a 'coat, SoulQuake, that just won't do!

*Stands back and checks out size details, runs to storeroom and comes back with a browncoat that fits perfectly*

*hands said browncoat to SoulQuake*

There you are, check it out.. hope it fits. Now you got your gear---- recruits can't be doin' without their gear.

*Shoves bowl of strawberries over to SoulQuake*

O 'course we're different, SoulQuake, our ship is the shiniest. And we're weird, if ChristheCynic were here he'd say we were weird.
But we're a merry and determined bunch and we're glad you're with us.

Coffee?





"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 5:58 AM

SOULQUAKE


Well look at that - it is a perfect fit! Thank you!

Hey, weird is good! And thank you, I'm glad I'm here :)

Yes to that coffee!

---
"Sun came out, and I walked on my feet and heard with my ears. I ate the bits, the bits stayed down, and I work. I function like I'm a girl. I hate it because I know it'll go away."

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:21 AM

PDCHARLES

What happened? He see your face?


I swear I see Kaylee's face everytime I see FM's username in a thread...

She helps make it home 'round here...


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Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:25 AM

FOLLOWMAL


Quote:

Originally posted by pdcharles:
I swear I see Kaylee's face everytime I see FM's username in a thread...

She helps make it home 'round here...




I'm gonna just say I'm so complimented.

But come to think of it, I do own a shop where we do mechanical work. Hmmm.....

"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:42 AM

JOSSISAGOD


I remember when I first got my 'coat from FollowMal, I had been slipping around here for a few months(feeling dreadfully uncomfortable) and slipped through the cracks. Then I found her handing out coats on a thread a while back, and asked for mine, she handed me the most awesome, coat I've ever owned! after that I have been perfectly content on this site.

JOSSIS(Most Definitely)AGOD

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:19 AM

DONCOAT


Okay, we've heard from a lot of Browncoats who found a warm greeting and shiny coat when they clambered aboard this leaky old boat. And we've seen how much FollowMal has done to keep that spirit flowing.

But what of FollowMal herself? Tell us, FM, what was your greeting like when you first came here? We can be pretty sure that you didn't receive a virtual coat, or a flagon of mudders' milk, or even a wilted strawberry. What was it, then, that made you feel at home here?


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Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:51 PM

RESE


FollowMal, now I am home! *big hugs back*

Mudder's and cream! Strawberries! Nectar of the Gods and Goddesses!

*puts up tired feet on sideboard* *great sigh of relief*

Can I sweep up later? I am just so very thankful to be back in the 'verse, and "home".

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RadarRese

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:58 PM

AERIN


I love the Browncoat tradition! Plus the strawberries are delicious - I've had so many virtual strawberries I just had to go buy the real thing. mmmmm!

Seriously, I love the way the people on this site welcome new Browncoats. When I scan through the threads I always read the posts from new members and remember what my first time was like. I get a big goofy smile when someone gets a shiny new browncoat.

Lately I've been trying to figure out why the atmosphere on this site is so wonderful and supportive - what about Firefly might have caused this? I think it happened because Firefly is about finding family, even in the unlikeliest places. It doesn't hurt that the cast clearly loves eachother.

*raising a mug of Mudder's milk in honor of Joss, the cast, and all you lovely Browncoats*

Jayne: I once hit a guy in the neck from 500 yards with a bent scope. Don't that count upstairs?
Book: Oh, it'll be taken into consideration.
Jayne: You made that sound kind of ominous.

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Monday, May 22, 2006 2:03 AM

FOLLOWMAL




DonCoat,

I just jumped into the threads flat footed and ran with questions and comments. A couple of days later I saw someone new start a thread and say hi and tell their story about how they came to love Firefly. So I commented and said I was feelin' kinda rude for not introducing myself and just jumping in. Got a torrent of "that's ok", " we love new folks", "no, you make yourself right at home!"s, just so many sweet things. I felt like I was home the first time I ever posted here. I have always known this was right where I was supposed to be.

So you see, there wasn't a virtual 'coat or strawberries in print.. but in the feelin' and greetin' it was already here.





"You hold. Hold 'til I get back." Mal

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