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As of 3/14/2020, SRF is now re-opened.

This is following a hiatus since April of 2017, in which I made the decision to shut the place down due to not only lack of activity, but a flurry of personal problems that prevented me from managing it (and with no one else around to take my place, my options were limited).

I thought I had made an open letter to the forum explaining the situation before closure, but it seems I've failed to do so and only did so at Secret Projects. I deeply apologize for this oversight. Please allow me to explain:

Times were extremely tough for me a few years ago; losing my house to the Lake County Valley Fire, moving from place to place trying to start over, struggling financially, working a DJ job in Riverside that turned out to be a huge scam, dealing with a living situation in Vegas which was nothing but drama 24/7, and now most recently my gender identity... all of these things mixed with being on the autism spectrum with self-esteem issues, I was reaching a breaking point and needed to distance myself from the community for a while to sort out my life. But since this place was so inactive, there was no one to really take over the responsibilities, so my only option was to close the place down. I admit another reason was my perceived failure of the site, which I've been assured by several on SPF and other places that it was far from such and is actually considered a valuable reference source. I've come understand my error there as this was likely another result of stress and depression at the time.

I deeply and sincerely apologize to all for the unexplained closure. Like I said, I had intentions of publicly informing of the situation, but somehow I failed to do so.

However, now with relative stability achieved in my life, I've made the decision to re-open the forum! I feel I'm ready to take on the responsibility again. Besides, I missed the whole of the aerospace community a lot and the intellectual stimulation it brings (the occasional hijinks are nice too, lol). I've begun contacting everyone I can to inform them of the re-opening and hope to see the return of some familiar faces. I've also continued productivity on several other active projects, such as a few short films, scripts for features I have planned when I can acquire a budget, and a sci-fi novel that belongs to a potentially expansive series in the works. Still trying to figure out where to go with my unfinished Yakovlev Helicopters book though.

My own contributions will be somewhat limited for now, as my offline archive is currently down (the logic board on my HD needs to be replaced) and I don't have a dollar to my name right now to repair it, but I intend on fixing this as soon as I'm able to. For now I'll focus on maintaining the site and casually interacting as much as possible, and use the power of interwebz research if need be.

Thank you for reading, and hope we can all continue from where we left off. smile



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Welcome back

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Thanks, same to you!



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Words cant express how happy i am that you brought the site back! Just got your email yesteray btw, chck your inbox...

your decision came as quite a shock after discovering that i couldnt access the site anymore and reading your note on the SLOR homepage that it was no longer updated. Moving on from the place was difficult but i get the frustration from so much inactivity, i supported the decision. I would have stepped up to the plate if i didnt have so much of my own drama to deal with (this is one of the reasons i abandoned my old blog years ago) Sometimes you just have to step back and breathe for a bit, get things together before indulging favorite hobbies, prioritize... it sucks but necessary :/ Glad things have gotten better for you though, suonds like you went through some rough times after the fire and Im sorry so much happened to you. Better times are ahead! :)

Also wishing you the best on your gender identity journey, congrats for having the courage to come out as your true self! You have my support. :D



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Thanks so much. Welcome back.



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Yay! Welcome back!



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OMG Anthony!!!!!!! the whole crew is coming back :D



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Yes. lets hope so

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