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Goodbye, Thank You All So Very Much!  
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

Hello Members, Crew, Staff, Johan,

I know this might not be the best forum to post such things but I hope that you'll let it stay.

For the past few weeks I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues, most recently a good friend of mine was killed in a car accident. Today I lost yet another person I truly loved. My ways of getting around it? Running away. I would go to friend's houses, travel, etc.

I have come to the conclusion that what I am doing isn't best for my own wellbeing. I can't keep running away. With that I am choosing to step away from what I normally run away to.

Some might call me a cocky ass on this site, others might think I'm the slightest bit helpful. Who knows? Regardless it's been a good 7-8 months in this forum. Before you all start talking about "why is this kid crying his issues out on a freaking public forum" I just wanted to let those whom I am friends with here know what's up.

Keep those you love closest and never let go. After you let go and they never come back....hardest thing you'll ever feel, and sadly a mistake I have made a few times now. Though some things might be better for 15seconds what really matters could be gone faster than you know it. I took a lot of things for granite through the past few months.

I have spent a lot of money on camera gear, in hopes that it would make me happy, I have spent even more traveling, hoping I could get away from it all. While I was able to do so for what time I did, it still caught up with me. With that I am going to be no longer associating myself with airliners.net and related websites along with aviation photography as a whole. While the hobby brings me much joy I really need to start focusing on those things that mean most to me.

No, Airliners.net is not my life nor is photography, it has just been something that I can ALWAYS turn to. The friends I have made while going out to the airport, etc. nothing but fantastic!

Relationships, family, friends, etc. You all here have been more than fantastic. While it is a 'website' I still have managed to make nothing but true friends here.

To those that know me and to those whom have helped me, thank you all for taking the time. I know I can be a bit of a pain but you guys stuck it out.

Again I wish you all the best and hope that this topic has at least 15min in the forum.

I hope to be back when the shit settles but until then I see no other option.

Take care (for the last time) and keep posting your rejected shots, trip reports, and your many complaints about the crew, because without it many of us wouldn't turn here day in and day out.

Thank you all so much!!

Matthew Hom--Airliners.net Aviation Photographer


"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
23 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineJran225 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 308 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Hey Matt,

it will be a great shame to lose such an amiable member of the forums, not to mention an outstanding photographer whose photos I have very much admired for quite some time. I hope that this decision will ultimately be for the best and who knows...maybe one day you will decide to return. I think I speak for all the members here when I say that you will be missed! Best of luck to you Matt! wave 

Regards,
-Omar S.



Never tell your girlfriend about all the 'action' you're getting at the airport - only photogs understand that.
User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2412 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 2):
It doesn't belong here

Way to empathize - you're really reiterating the reason he's leaving in the first place.  sarcastic 

Matt - when the dust settles we hope to see you back on here. Until then, best of luck mate.

Drew



I'd rather shoot BAD_MOTIVE
User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 3):
Matt - when the dust settles we hope to see you back on here. Until then, best of luck mate.

I second that Matt i hope all works out well for you and you return to the place that loves you as much as you love it .
Cheers and hope to see you soon



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 633 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2361 times:

Quoting Waketurbulence (Reply 5):
Wow, way to show some compassion!!! As Napoleon Dynamite would say, "IDIOT!!!" Anyway, I digress...Matt, I wish you the best in the future, and had a nice time shooting with you and getting to know you for a few days.
-Matt
BTW Since you are not going to be putting that 100-400L to good use anymore, you mind helping out a fellow A.net photog? Big grin

He knows where to drop that lens...  Wink

Talk soon, Matt...keep me posted on stuff.  Smile


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 days ago) and read 2335 times:

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 3):
Way to empathize

?? I'm just saying it does not belong here, not that you can't feel sorry for him if you want.

....so I guess it is o.k. for this thread, but not this one?

The Type Of Photo I Hate! (by HighFlyer9790 Aug 26 2005 in Aviation Photography)

Quoting JumboJim747 (Reply 4):
..how can a topic like this remain here in AV photography when congrats threads get deleted and locked.?
Cheers

Strange.


User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 days ago) and read 2322 times:

Hey that quote is from a different thread.
What's going on here .?



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 days ago) and read 2318 times:

Quoting JumboJim747 (Reply 8):
Hey that quote is from a different thread.
What's going on here .?

Do you not see the link to the 'other' thread just above it?


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 days ago) and read 2313 times:

Will the US and Australia please have their argument elsewhere?

To UA777222, take care!


User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 days ago) and read 2301 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 9):
Do you not see the link to the 'other' thread just above it?

Yes i do see it jeff but im not sure why its there.
Strange indeed.

Quoting Edoca (Reply 10):
Will the US and Australia please have their argument elsewhere?

Edoca no one is arguing we are having a discussion
Cheers



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Wow Matt. Didn't see this coming. I think you are making the smart decision though. I'd still be into photography if I were you. That's what I am doing...putting no more money into it, just doing what I can with what I have when I want. Just play it low key man, if you wanna spot; spot. If you are suffering an addiction of sorts, though, then your decision is a smart one. I still look forwad to meeting up with you christmas time. If you need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on, you have my number.

Regards



YES URLS in signature!!!
User currently offlineFlybhx From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Matt,

I can see from your message that you have a lot going on at present. Dont cut yourself off from everything. Even if you can't get out shooting you can at least take part in the forum.

Having been through stress/depression - call it what you will friends can be a help. If things really go downhill talk to a doctor to see if they can help.

Hope normality resumes quickly for you.

Kev


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Yes this thread has been moved; a couple of posts have been deleted; but if I keep deleting the referenced posts there will be nothing left.

Good luck in the future Matt.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2062 times:

All the best,

Hope to see you around someday.



Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):
While it is a 'website' I still have managed to make nothing but true friends here.

Then why delete yourself?

I'm sorry - but this doesn't make sense to me.

Still - I wish you all the best, and I hope you can take the following as the friendly joke it honestly is...



QFF


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

Matt, I'm sorry you felt you had to delete yourself to make a point here...if your as smart as you claim, just stay away from the computer save the rare trips here.. self deleting is a cry for help that no one listens to.

User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

It still amazes me how some people on this site can really be true ass holes.

You know who you are. I hope you all grow the hell up.


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 17):
ass holes

assholes is one word

BAB



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

From just reading your story I feel bad. I dindt know you were having such hard times from whenever i spoke to you, but then its not really my business.
Im glad you started this topic.

Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):
My ways of getting around it? Running away. I would go to friend's houses, travel, etc.

Hell, are you sure of that??

Hope to see you again on a.net.



Homer: Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.
User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

I don't understand how "personal issues" have ANYTHING to do with being a member of anet. But of course everyone is free to make their own decisions and what they feel is best for them.

Good luck with everything.....

[Edited 2005-08-27 17:25:03]

User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 15):
self deleting is a cry for help that no one listens to.

Yeah...

No offense to anyone, but does this sound like a big cry for help to anyone else???

fluffy


User currently onlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1650 times:

I can see theres alot on your plate.

Good luck and I hope things will wrk out for you. I hope to see you back at A.NET in the not so distant future.

Take care,

SUJ


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 days ago) and read 1619 times:

Hey Matt

I never had the pleasure of meeting up with you, but I wish you the best.

Ignore the assholes on here, just like everyone else will when said assholes come bitching about their woes.

Take time to get things sorted. Don't do anything crazy like get rid of all your equipment, it will take a lot more money to replace a few months/years down the road.

Don't try to help yourself through the bad times. If things get real bad, go see a doctor.

If you get back into photography, and are headed to the NY Area, email me through my profile.

Mark


User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 19):
I don't understand how "personal issues" have ANYTHING to do with being a member of anet. But of course everyone is free to make their own decisions and what they feel is best for them.

After having spoken on the phone with Matt I think what is going on is that he is just very overwhelmed with alot of stuff that is going on right now, back to school in addition to the above listed....time to start getting ready for college, etc. and deleting your Username prevents you from posting, and practically gives you no reason to read a.net - More free time better spent on other activities.



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