Crossing the milestone of living in Zürich with 1000 posts
So, here it is, pressure aside, I have crossed a milestone. This is my 1000th post. Prepare for the wall of text.
It all started May this year. I was about to turn 30 which, as all people in and through my life like to remind me, is the most important female Western Civilization turning point – once 30, you are closer to the elderly home than to the paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty!
Also should stop being a selfish bitch and start popping those children out! So I spent one of the loneliest, most depressive birthdays ever in my 3 decades. I’m old, a shameful example of a female human specimen, and should probably be carted out into Aldebaran for being an offence to my religious and cultural background.
I had been living out of my home country for 10 years, in Switzerland for almost 3. I had left all my friends back “home”, half of which I had lost during a non-friendly divorce (it’s quite awful that you also have to divide your friends, isn’t it?). I had recently gone through 9 depressing months of unemployment due to very serious sick ex-bosses who should be in jail. If you had to go though something similar, you know how it can hurt the soul, and how it can turn even the person you love the most – your spouse – into a tactless, horrible fire-spiting monster.
When I was reaching the point of no return in my trip through the dark hole of my life in Switzerland, a last ray of self-esteem made me fight back. I dragged my sorry ass to the internet and used www.google.com (something some of our member should really learn to do too) and looked for something as stupid as “looking for friends in Zürich”. The result was a long list of foreigners crying tales of woes on how Swiss people are difficult to get too, and how lonely the life of a foreigner can be in Zürich.
Goal number 1 – prove I’m not the only sorry ass bag of loneliness out there – check!
I found a mailing list in English.
Goal number 2 – find people who can speak a language I understand and do not abominate – check!
Found some scandal between the mailing list and some evil other site.
Goal number 3 – join the dark side – check!
A bit of www.google.com (seriously, people, start using it!) I got the address of the English Forum, which lead to this:
I met wonderful people, instead of some internet shadowy persona. A couple of trips to the Viadukt later, I have people I can seriously, lovingly call “friends”. And if you know me long enough, you know I don’t use that word easily.
I’ve had my fights and my own private crusades in this Forum. I have my own problems with some moderators. I can probably say I made my share of enemies, or at least my handful of people I can’t stand. I’ve got my share of problems with the retro-active policies. Sometimes I glimpse a murderous berserk mode when people believe I’m some kind of entertaining emo LiveJournal poetry, or some “Hello” styled yellow press, and rudely judge me, my actions, my thoughts with assumptions that go over the Rude border directly into @ssholeland. You know what they say: when you assume, you’re a *censured*.
I’ve tried my best to make this a better place. I came close a couple of times to just scream “Oh F@ck it! These people don’t deserve my time!”. But then I remembered all those that honestly thanked me for my help, those friendly PM of desperate foreigners lost in the turbulent waters of Switzerland that grabbed my hand onto a rocking, yet safer, ship, and I remembered the smiling faces I got to share a beer with.
So, in the end, thank you English Forum for making my life in Switzerland easier by giving me the chance to meet wonderful people. I hope that after 1000 posts of crap, those who recognize my name, recognize it either for being the nerd queen, or that weird Portuguese bitch that helps the noobs.
Here’s hope for a bombastic 31st anniversary next year in the elderly home!
Here's a very sloppy summary: I wuv you guys and gals!
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Have you considered writing a regular social comment column for "The Local"?
Considering that, as included in the new rules that replaced the old ones in a time travel fashion that would leave Einstein kinda messed up, all the stuff I post here is property of The Local and I have no right over what they do with it, I've been signed up to write for them for free already, haven't I?
EDIT: Milestone threads go in off-topic. 1K Posts and you are still a noob!
Actually, the reason why I posted it in Daily Life was because it reveals the way to all those, as me, which, judging from the Introduction threads are quite a few, are looking for friends in their Daily Life in Switzerland.
But I noticed already my interpretation on where threads should be is slightly different.