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GOD is saying goodbye

By GuruOfDos ·
No, not 'the big man upstairs', but GuruOfDos.

As many of you know, my life took a bit of a sudden turn a couple of months back. Those familiar with the goings on in the Guru household and the tales of woe with transatlantic law, immigration, new fatherhood and sudden dramatic loss thereof will know that the last couple of months have been pretty fraught with grief for me and to be honest I just want to write off the last four years of my life.

To all my 'friends' on TR and especially those with whom I have shared some energetic banter and repartee over the last couple of years and who have given valued opinion and advice I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The likes of Maxwell, Jules, Maecuff, Admin@l3eetcentral, DC Guy, Colin Luck and the other regular crowd (you all know who you are, so sorry If I missed your name out) have provided me with an avenue of escape from the trials of life and as for the humour and general fun on the site well what can I say?!!

Oz mate, you have been a particular inspiration and source of thoughts and ideas and have helped me enormously over the months. For those who think Oz is a bit of an a**hole and just likes to stir things, I would like to set the record straight on one point:

Oz (not his real name...and I will not divulge it to anyone!) did me the biggest favour of all time recently. I needed to obtain some hard to find parts which were only available in Canada and the supplier would not ship overseas. Oz stepped in and kindly purchased the necessary items for me using his own credit card and had them shipped to him in Vancouver. He then shelled out again to ship the items to me here in the UK. Not a vast amount as computer parts go, but certainly the price of a couple of good nights out on the beer!

His mother (who lives in England) facilitated the transfer of a slack handfull of Canadian dollars back to Oz and my little project was completed with no hitches.

That is the sort of generosity of spirit and willingness to help out a fellow man that seems to be lacking in many people in todays dog-eat-dog world, but our Oz proved to me that real kindness does still exist. He and I have shared a lot of conversation in email behind the scenes and I'm sure will continue to do so and I look forward to the next time he's in the UK for a visit because I'm sure a few beers will be necked!

I have taken a few kicks in the nuts recently...I lost a wife and 'daughter' and right now am in the process of re-evaluating my entire life. Things are changing in my job and the company I work for has been 'merged' with a rival outfit. Things at the office are in state of flux and most of the workforce have been made redundant. I am still here, but the future is a little uncertain.

I have had to make some life-changing decisions and my biggest and toughest is to give up my own computer business and get out of the IT game completely apart from whatever computer related duties are part of my 'new' job.

My new life will see me taking off my 'computer hat' after work every day and not putting it back on until I get to the office every morning. I want to spend 'quality time' with my two other children from my first marriage and build a new life with a very special lady I met recently and her two children. This means that computers, email and other such encumberances that used to distract me from the rigours of life and provide an 'escape' outside work time will now be confined to the office. Because I am now facing a two hour drive each way to and from work every day, rather than my old ten minute dash, my own personal time has been reduced accordingly and I am not prepared to compromise my new life by intruding on what 'personal' and 'family' time I have.

To that end folks, I am saying goodbye to you all and to Tech Republic. The Guru is hanging up his 'Tecchie' hat, and 'retiring' to pastures new.

I want to make a real go of my new found happiness with the new special person in my life (and yes, we DID meet via the computer!), and that means that other interests outside of family and job are going to have to be put on hold indefinitely.

I wish you all the very best of success in all your endeavours. I wish you all health and happiness and thank you all once more for your valued humour, advice and friendship. Those who have my email address and wish to keep in touch, please do so and for the next few days, I can be contacted via the Peer Directory.

It's been fun, people, and I shall miss this but I have to put myself and Gen and the children first now and get the rest of my life straight and settled.

Thanks again folks for everything...I shall watch this thread for a few days, and then the Guru will be 'no more'.

Goodbye. The Guru is dead...but the happy memories live on!

Mike :-)

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by Oz_Media In reply to GOD is saying goodbye

Hey man, I am SO sorry to hear you are leaving the community here but I know why you need this change and commend you on stepping up to the plate and living a new life.

As for the issues a few months back, you bounced like a child in a playground, barely even touched the dirt, well done!

Thank you for the kind words, that was really uneccessary but flattering all the same. (You actually sent it to my uncle's house, my mum was visiting Cowes from Canada).

I don't know what to say other than thanks for all the conversations, it was really nice to have Southampton views all the way over here. I'll try and keep in touch but as my life is currently undergoing a MASSIVE change (possibly, fingers crossed)I have not been too available online either.

You will be missed, you will be remembered and I am sure you will always be a welcome part of the TR community, whether you visit once a year or maybe every ten years.

So just like when my brother moved out years ago and my only issue was that I wanted his room, what are you gonna do with all your points?!?!?

Just kidding mate.

Anyhoot, all the best to your and yours as always, may the skies be bright and the smiles be many.


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May God be with you

by Rabbit_Runner In reply to GOD is saying goodbye


Thanks for your words of encouragement. Over the years I have followed some of your posting in TR. You have always seemed to have a level head and a quick wit.

I wish the best to you in the new direction of your life. And may God be with you.

Michael R.

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Good Luck Guru..

by TomSal In reply to GOD is saying goodbye

I've been on this board since it started in beta form years back, I think we shared a few posts over the years and I know for a fact we participated in the same discussions. You always struck me as someone who is intelligent and knew his stuff.

I'm very sorry to hear of your recent loses and your struggles. Losing folks who have meant so much to us is never easy -- no matter how it happens.

It sounds like you have all your "ducks in a row" however and you have your head on straight -- that's an EXCELLENT start in a new and happy direction.

Keep the faith (and if you don't believe in *thee* God, keep the faith in yourself and the future).

Best of wishes Mike.

I know your contributions will be missed here.

But I think everyone commends your thought process and applauds your efforts to carry on with a "new" happier life!

Have a drink on ALL of us...oh wait that's a lot of drinking....spread it out over a few nights. :)


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No problem gents

by Oz_Media In reply to Good Luck Guru..

When in need I'll always step up to the plate, pour one for all of us, I'll help you suck 'em down!

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Well I don't know exactly what to say GOD

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to GOD is saying goodbye

Its all been said by others previously and much better than I could have put it as well.

I hope you have a nice quite boring life without any unwanted excitement and you are contentment for all time to come. You my friend will be sadly missed here.

In my religion there is no "Goodbye" so I'll leave it as UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

Best of luck Mike and may you receive exactly what you want.

Remember Mike if you're ever stuck on something you will always be welcome to ask for any advice/help that I can offer or that you may need.

Best Regards Col

Live Long and Prosper!

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Best Wishes

by TheChas In reply to GOD is saying goodbye


You have my best wishes for a long and happy life.

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

You just might inspire me to spend a little less time on my PC and get back on my bicycle.

Take care,


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An afterthought

by Oz_Media In reply to GOD is saying goodbye

Your bio states :
"But remember, even the legacy Guru still has applications in many fields and will never totally disappear."

Well, I know I am changing the context, but it is too true. Your legacy will live on here.

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The really important things ....

by jardinier In reply to GOD is saying goodbye

I will remember you Mike for what I consider was the cleverest joke ever made on this website:

"The only time I look down my nose at an American is when my wife is blowing me."

And of course you may hold the record for the first discussion lifted because it became too lurid: you remember the one about taking advantage of all the genital enhancements offered in spam mail.

And you even know a thing or two about computers !!

My blessings go with you as you start your new life. But your unique humour will certainly be missed.

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