NEW MEMBER'S DIARY 1998-1999
A word from the Group Leader
When Alan first applied to join, back in August'98, it occurred to me that it would be useful as a recruiting tool to record the impressions
of a raw recruit as they joined and progressed within the group.
When it became obvious that Alan was indeed going to join up, I asked him if he would write a diary of his impressions and expectations. What
follows on the linked pages are his entries.
My intention was and still is to edit these as little as possible — I'm interested in real views, not a sanitized version for public consumption.
However, when Alan sent me 'In The Beginning...' he sent it as a MS-Word8 document which I could not handle. Fortunately, I have a text editor which
allows me to display files in their raw format — so I had the complete history of all the edits Alan had made; all I had to do was re-construct it
into a document. 'In The Beginning...' is the document re-constructed by me and approved by Alan (no coercion involved).
The second installment, titled by me as 'Acquiring some status...', arrived in rtf format and just required converting to html — with a few minor
tweaks for grammar. As with 'In The Beginning...' I've added the odd comment here and there. These are all enclosed in square brackets [ ].