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Do you recall your first Chowhound post?

I remember that the first "discussion" I got into was with Davwud, and it was about an onion chopper gadget. I said it was a real handy gadget, and he said he could chop a whole onion much more quickly. Merriment ensued. Now Davwud and I have met in person, shared some good beer and crabs, met each other's spouse, and communicate on FB (waiting for him on the Pin, heh heh).

Now, please tell us about your recollection.

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  1. I'm pretty sure it was this one.

    IIRC the argument I made wasn't I could chop an onion quicker. It was that if I'm already cutting something, by the time I pull out the "Slap chop", break the onion down small enough to fit, chop it, then clean the gadget I'm just as well off with my knife. One less thing to wash and store.


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    1. re: Davwud

      Wait a minute -- your first post was in 2006 and it took over five years for a reply???

      1. re: CindyJ

        Try posting for a recommendation in BF Idaho and see how many replies you get.

        Also, I know better now how to get posts replies.


    2. Yup! I loved all of the input & there wasn't too much snark. As a sensitive soul I appreciated that. :-)

      1. I'm certain it was a request for help, not a suggestion! Probably was this one (my handle used to be "Sony" before the ownership change....) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/293276 I had no idea what Pickapeppa sauce was, but I sure knew ways to use up the bottle with all the great suggestions I got!

        That's the lovely thing about Chowhound- it's made me willing to stretch outside of my comfort zone. I'm more apt to pick up some random ingredient knowing that I've got such great online advisors. :)

        (Also, it cracks me up to see that the thread from 2003 was revived just last year- I missed it!)

        1. Ha, fun post, alkapal! Pretty sure mine was the introduction of Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip in '04?? may have been '03.....boy, did I "hang back" before ever posting ANYthing on CH...LOL! Oh, fine, now I need to go back and see if I can actually find my first post. (^_^)

          1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/322593
            This might be it or close to it still avail from my post list. Not a fancy pants thread by any means but looking at it now reminds me how much I miss CH's long gone. Texas Toast was one of my CH favorites....among many no longer hanging around here...

            I didn't keep track of any posts (favorites) when I first got here.

            1. I think this was my first : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727342

              I discovered CH in the spring of 2010 and lurked for a few months. Then, after a lifetime in the city, I moved to the burbs. I quickly realized that while I knew of quick lunch spots after 10+ years working in this burb, I had no idea where to go for good dinners.

              When I scanned the local board, everything was Italian\Mediterranean\Asian. Don't get me wrong, I love these cuisines, but wanted some change-ups. So I was forced to surface and ask the locals.

              ETA: I've tried about 80% of the recommendations and in the two years I've come to know which posters are in agreement with my tastes.

              1. I remember Chowhound when Jim Leff ran it and it was the most user-unfriendly site imaginable. But it was a lot more wild and wooly and there were no moderators. Favorite post was a bogus restaurant write-up on April Fool's Day that was totally off the wall

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                1. re: whs

                  I remember that April Fool's Day post! Chowhound was a different "dog" back then.

                  1. re: whs

                    I think my first post was in 1998 or so. Don't remember it, but I don't really remember my last post either.
                    Jeff ran things, but I don't think it was ever not moderated. The few mods there were couldn't keep up.

                  2. I was googling date nut bread. The thread still shows up a couple of times a year.

                    1. I believe mine was back in 2006, looking for good Vietnamese food. (This post is how I met and became friends with Candy.)

                      1. Here's mine: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4928... which was suggestions for a visitor coming from SF. I don't recall making it though when I reread it I remembered writing it.

                        I hope my suggestions helped Morton whose posts I've always really enjoyed :-).

                        1. My first posting was back in 2007 (at least the oldest I could find - i thought there were older ones) No one ever replied to it. LOL. It didn't seem to stop me from posting more.

                          1. I made my first post in July 2001 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1411... but that was it for a long time. The format really put me off, and I went back to Usenet and ne.food, where I'd posted since 1995. I looked in here every once in a while but it didn't really click enough with me at that time. i really really disliked the interface.

                            But eventually the spam and nutjobs on Usenet really got to me and I drifted back to Chowhound in January 2002, and appreciated that things here stayed on topic without the flames, trolls and stupidity that were ruining Usenet. And actually I eventually came to like the interface, once I discovered HotPosts.

                            Yeesh, so I've been here for over a decade!

                            1. I knew that the earliest post listed on my profile was not my earliest post on CH, although I could not figure out why. It just occurred to me that my name here, is a hybrid of mine and my husband's names - and I used CH before I found him in August 2005. So...I had an earlier screen name that I had forgotten about. By searching in the archived board for a restaurant I KNOW I found on CH a long time ago, I was able to find my old screen name and the very first post I created. It was an inquiry about finding a good liquor store in Queens with reasonable prices (I apparently was buying a large volume of liquor and champagne for a party that I am not sure I ever ended up throwing), dated APRIL 22, 2005.

                              The thing is, I am pretty sure I actually remember the very first thread I ever *READ* on CH. It was from November 2004 about restaurants in or near Great Neck, NY. "stuartlafonda" recommended a place called Conti's in Doulgaston, NY. I was with an ex that I lived with at the time. I have been back many, many times, although not in a while and it still holds a place in my heart - in September 2005 my now husband first told me he loved me during a dinner there.

                              I just looked at all those posts under the old screen name and it is a bit of a bizarro scrapbook. They were mostly during a period after I had just turned 30. It covered a time when a long term relationship was ending, I dated someone else for a few months, then the first few months after I found my husband. Not surprising though that message board posts about food and dining can serve as an outline of your life and bring back memories. :)

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                              1. re: Justpaula

                                that's a good point, paula, about the life timeline and the memories. i wish it were easier to search and retrieve posts. i find that google sometimes helps when the chowhound search does not.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  Yep. Once i figured out my old screen name I typed it and "chowhound" into Google and it all (I think, all) came up. Easier that way...although I am not sure what that says about the search function here!

                              2. In 1999. A recommendation for the Keyport Fishery.
                                I used to be "Val G" in New Jersey.
                                Now I'm "Val Ann C" in Seattle.

                                1. My first post was on the suggested dress code for EMP......I was deleted. I should have ended my career then.

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                                  1. According to the oldest page listed on my profile page, this is it:
                                    posted on July 16, 2007. However, I'm not absolutely convinced this was my first post because I (almost?) always enter a new venue with more information about myself than this post contains... Or maybe that's why my first post was deleted? Maybe a sister thread to this one about who has been deleted most and is still around to tell about it would be appropriate? At one point I had an open hissy fit about the deletion of posts that contributed "cultural literacy" on topics under discussion. Sam Fujisaka was always my staunchest ally, and this is the area of greatest improvement since I first joined these boards. Chowhound listens! Eventually. ‘-) Early on, Veggo sent me a private email suggesting I focus on other posters instead of the deletions that made a huge difference in my tolerance levels. (Once again, thanks, Veggo.) I’m convinced that if the profile page personal archives included deleted posts from my first year or two, I would have a LOT more archive pages than I do now!

                                    And for the record, I pretty much stand behind my opinion of Turkish restaurants in the U.S., even though there are a few more exceptions now than there were then.

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                                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                                        Thanks, Jacquilynne! And shame on me. Same day, but I see I did NOT introduce myself. Maybe I'd lurked long enough to notice that nobody else did either. '-)

                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                          I know I didn't. I just jumped right in.