Where‘s Ricochet?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Stefan, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Was last seen in August?
  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    He's taking a break. The never-ending Chinese spam was just too much for him. Maybe he will return if the mods ever work out how to stop it. I miss him a lot, he was a thoughtful and knowledgeable contributor.
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  3. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Come home darling.
  4. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    yea , miss him too .... :(
  5. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Yes hope he returns soon...
  6. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I miss him too!!
  7. Maybe the monkeys took over money island
  8. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Was wondering that myself the other day
  9. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2012
    I thought he took time off to train one of the monkeys to be his butler
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The spam IS annoying, but not too difficult to get rid of. I hope Ricochet returns soon.
  11. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Come back soon, friend.
  12. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    He's allergic to cats, but took two kittens to take care of... :(
  13. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    The spam is way less annoying than me and some others here. :)

    We miss you @Ricochet!
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  14. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
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  15. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    I sent Rich a PM back in October asking if he was OK. A few days ago I got this reply:

    "I hope this finds you well. I just happen to re-install the Tapatalk app(which I hate) and saw your PM. Thank you for your concern!

    "The initial reason I haven't been on the forum for so long is my web browser indicates GT is not a secure site. They or someone is potentially phishing for user information(user names and passwords).
    Oddly this happens on the GDP, the Marshall and MyLP forum as well, all sites I used to visit at one time or other. Any other site I don't have this problem.

    "I've certainly missed the gang over at GT, and at times almost gave in and logged in despite the security risk, but as it is I haven't been feeling well for the last couple of months. I really feel too drained to participate in discussion, and I can't stand how the quality of my posts has deteriorated over the last year(s). Perhaps the monkeys finally got to me...

    "Please say hello to the gang, I miss them dearly, but unless the security issue is not resolved I won't be coming back.

    "All the best!"

    So it's a relief to know he's still kicking. I miss him, as others have already said. The monkeys have had him to themselves for too long.
  16. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Do we have a real security problem on GT?
  17. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I personally don't think so. I think, but could be wrong, the security issue is a pre-blessing by some services certifying to the safety or a website. Those that don't carry the certificate get a warning. However, it does not necessarily mean it is unsafe. For example, if I access my work email through a web browser, I get a similar warning, but our mail site is safe, we just don't get a special certificate for it because it isnt a public site. Many small businesses can run into this issue.

    Having said all that, I am no IT expert and could be totally wrong.
  18. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Thanks Mark , I miss him too
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  19. stevemorrison

    stevemorrison Synchromatic

    Jun 3, 2011
    Dundee, SCOTLAND
    Must admit that lately I have found the site going very slow and every now and then I get redirected to other "strange" pages that have nothing to do with GT or any guitars. Between that and the Chinese spam it does put you off logging in.
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  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Yes, I missed you lot as well.

    The Chinese spam and the non-secure login issue was only the last straw of what had me rethink my daily Gretschtalk visits.

    I had a lot on my plate last year. Mentally and physically it was tough. I found out I'm not really equipped for life on Monkey Island.
    Ending up on ICU with potential heart failure, being diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, and a beginning cataract in both eyes, all within a one year timeframe would be tough for anyone I suspect. I know some(even on Gretschtalk) are worse of, but that doesn't make one feel any better.

    Mrs Ricochet ended up in hospital twice. Inflamed liver the doctors said, but I'm sceptical of their expertise. And that's said with all sincerity I can muster.

    Duke the cat(the one I picked from the street) disappeared one afternoon. I have a strong suspicion he was taken. Best looking cat in the neighbourhood, clean, well fed, vaccinated, yeah...

    Daisy, his brother hasn't been the same since, has turned sickly, and into an annoying little whiner. Of course I named him Daisy...

    Anyway, good to be back.

    Last year I said no more new gear. That was 2018. Watch this space.... :)
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