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The Thread ~ Introduction

Our "online play," The Thread, was an event that actually happened in real life ... a situation involving a customer, a box of live rock, and a marine aquarist forum.

Join us as we explore what happens when Damselblue receives her live rock. The story begins when Damselblue turns to a marine hobbyist message board to seek advice ... although the tale ends up with a few other surprising twists and turns! What happens during the course of The Thread discussion is unpredictable, interesting, educational, and even a bit enlightening!

The "member names" of the participants have been altered somewhat for the sake of anonymity, with the exception of "Birdfish" and "Mrs. Birdfish."

The specific order of the comments has had some minor alterations in order to cluster some scattered responses and thoughts together so the story can be read more clearly and with enhanced understanding, as the original thread became redundant and confusing at times, making it difficult to read.

However, changes to the original text has only been minimally altered, with the rare exception of some comments that were deemed inappropriate.

We would like to thank all of the posters (message board members) for their participation in the actual event (thread discussion), which has made this "performance" possible.

There are a few helpful characters (guides) that will assist you, the reader, by adding helpful comments that you may appreciate ... often giving additional knowledge of the circumstance at hand ... ... such as this little fellow who will help guide you through The Thread.

By NO means is The Thread intended to offend anyone ... including that of the participants or characters. It is, however, an observation of a customer relations situation ... one in which the customer seemed to doubt that the company would be willing to assist them with a remedy, so decided on a drastic approach to the situation by attempting to utilize an online forum in an unorthodox fashion ... pressing the company for help on a public forum. Of course, this type of action is not the most productive approach, as seeking solutions together as a joint effort is a much more beneficial way to solve a problem to produce positive results.

We know that the message boards aren't something everyone may visit, so we must explain that this is a rare example of what can happen if a negative discussion happens to get out of hand.

We hope you will enjoy The Thread ... you may wish to stop at intervals along the way and return to continue, as it has an extended reading time (depending on your pace) ... but don't read it TOO fast ... we wouldn't want you to miss anything!

To assist you in returning to continue reading ... since you will most likely return to continue reading, you may bookmark this introduction page and then either use the "Return Visitors" link at the top of this page, or scroll down to the bottom of this page, for links to the individual pages so you can continue reading ... just jot down where you left off at the close of your reading sessions! (The original thread lasted about two weeks!)

"The question is not what you look at but what you see."   ~ Henry David Thoreau

Begin Your Adventure in ...

"The Thread"

For return visitors ... you may use the links below to continue where you left off.

Act I - Scene 1

Act I - Scene 2

Act II and Act III - Scenes One & Two

Act IV

Act V

Act VI


Act VIII - Scene One

Act VIII - Scene Two

Act IX - Scene One

Act IX - Scene Two

Act X

Act XI - Scene One

Act XI - Scene Two




Act XV - Scene One

Act XV - Scene Two

Act XVI - Scene One

Act XVI - Scene Two


Act XVIII - Scene One

Act XVIII - Scene Two

Act XIX - Scene One

Act XIX - Scene Two

Act XIX - Scene Three

Act XX





Act XXV - Scene One

Act XXV - Scene Two


Act XXVII - The Final Act