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Stepping Down (Back, but Not Out)


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#1 Chris Amirault

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

I'm writing to let Society members know that I'm stepping down from my position as Director of Operations for eG Forums. I'll remain a forum manager.

It's been an honor to serve the membership and lead a crack team of volunteers over these past several years. However, shortly after my blowout Xmas 2010/New Years 2011 foodblog -- which coincided with the publication of the sous vide megatopic index -- professional and personal life demanded that I take (what I then thought would be) a breather. Over the intervening months, life didn't stop with the demands, so that breather has turned into a need to step back from the position of Director into a more reasonable role as manager.

Of course, the volunteer directors, managers, and hosts around here are so good that it hasn't really mattered. So I'm stepping back, not out. I'll continue to contribute as a member on the forums and provide support behind the scenes, working with Linda as forums manager and serving Dave and Chris H as I'm able.

Finally, I write to express my gratitude to every member who has contributed to this strange little online world we've built. Like you, I've learned (and forgotten) more than I can quantify here in eG Forums, and the relationships I've formed with folks both online and offline enrich my life in myriad ways. Plus, stuff tastes a lot better than it did all those years ago.

So thanks -- and see you around.
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#2 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:55 AM

Chris,
Sorry to hear about the change; hopefully we will continue to see you frequently on eGullet. I've always enjoyed your posts tremendously. Thanks for sharing your passion for food (and cocktails) with us. Good luck with this new phase in your life.

#3 Chris Amirault

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:56 AM

Thanks, FP. I'm glad to see you picking up the slack in the cocktail topics!
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#4 barolo

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:16 PM

Thanks for your many contributions to eGullet Chris.
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#5 KatieLoeb

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:41 PM

Chris, I honestly don't know how you kept up all this time. Go enjoy the other aspects of your life. We'll all be here, and we won't need to miss you, because you won't be far. Cheers and best wishes in finding the balance...

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#6 Lisa Shock

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for a job well done!
I'm sure that I'll be seeing a more relaxed you around the forums. Cheers!

#7 Rebecca263

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:36 AM

Thank you Chris, you've been a real light here. I hope that you will now have the time to enjoy the rest of life, as well as the time to come and visit with us here.
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#8 SylviaLovegren

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:36 AM

Thanks for doing the hard work and doing it so well. ***lots of clapping***

#9 HungryChris

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:16 PM

Chris,
Thanks for all your work on EG. I have oft marveled at how well you managed to keep so many plates in the air as well as you did. Deb and I have made many a day trip into the Ocean State based on your informative insight and I have ventured deeper into the depths of charcuterie braced by the encouragement of your posts. Many thanks and Godspeed in all of your endeavors. I hope you will continue to keep us all entertained with your observations and conversation.

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#10 gfweb

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:30 PM

Glad you aren't leaving.

#11 Chris Amirault

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:21 PM

Thanks, everyone. Your words mean a lot to me.

Chris, I honestly don't know how you kept up all this time. Go enjoy the other aspects of your life. We'll all be here, and we won't need to miss you, because you won't be far. Cheers and best wishes in finding the balance...


Yes, balance, precisely! I'm getting there.... (Oh, and congrats, Katie, your own self!)

Glad you aren't leaving.


Ditto.
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#12 Catherine Iino

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:47 PM

I agree with Katie--I've been in awe of your energy and multi-focus. You are one of the people who make eGullet feel so welcoming. Thanks, and see you around.

#13 KatieLoeb

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:50 PM

Thanks Chris! Pretty pleased with that one. Stunned by how far and wide the press has spread.

But back to you. Enjoy yourself! You've earned it!

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#14 nickrey

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:48 AM

All the best Chris.

So you're stepping ... back ... to a manager's role.

Most people would see that as a step up in involvement.

I hope people realise just how much you did in your time in the Director's role in addition to your huge contributions to the forums. Many thanks for your efforts.

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#15 Blether

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:31 AM

Yes, Chris, congratulations on a job well done, thanks for the unfailing personal touch that you gave it, and enjoy your well-earned rest.

#16 Chris Amirault

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:45 AM

Thanks, Catharine, Nick, and Blether. As a sign of my cutting back on commitments, I'm... running a cocktail workshop tonight. Old habits die hard. ;)
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#17 judiu

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:54 AM

Chris, we'll miss you where you're gone from, and rejoice in you where you are! I'll miss your quick answers when I holler for help! Katie, CONGRATULATIONS!
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#18 Chris Amirault

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:32 AM

Always happy to help, Judiu, and will be subscribing to more topics and forums now that I'm over a few bumps here. And, as ever, I'm available via the PM system to try to answer any questions I can.
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#19 patrickamory

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

Thanks to the man who inspired me to invest in an Ultra Pride+!

#20 Chris Amirault

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:22 PM

Excellent! I use mine all the time, and hope you enjoy yours as much!
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#21 Merridith

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:55 AM

Chris, I have been mostly absent over the past year as health and life threw me a couple of curves but I did not stop watching from the background. I want to express my deepest gratitude for all you have done, all I have learned from you and all that you give. You have nothing but my sincerest admiration! I am glad to know we will still have you here online even if you are stepping back from the director's post. I hope you get that breather! By the way, that christmas foodblog was an incredible learning experience and great joy for me personally!
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#22 Chris Amirault

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

Thanks, Merridith -- that means a lot to me.
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#23 andiesenji

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:01 PM

I've been racking my brain about what to say, Chris. I'm so happy to know you will be staying on and contributing your usual informative and pithy posts to the various discussions.
You have inspired many of us to branch out in new directions that would never have been attempted without your encouragement.
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#24 mkayahara

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:34 AM

Seriously, Chris, none of us can thank you enough for your many invaluable contributions to this site, both visible and behind the scenes. eGullet just wouldn't be what it is today without you. Thank you!
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#25 Chris Amirault

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:49 AM

Thanks, Andie and Matt -- you've both inspired me in many ways. I really appreciate these posts.
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#26 PedroG

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:53 PM

Hi Chris,
in the name of all members interested in sous vide cooking, I express our deepest gratitude for the tremendous work you invested in the sous vide megatopic index. We thought it would have been a twelve members' job, but you did it better than any of us could have done. :smile: Thank you, thank you, thank you! :smile:
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#27 Chris Amirault

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:33 AM

Thanks, Pedro! It was a pleasure to do that work -- and an honor to be able to reflect on the astonishing contributions of many members like you over the years.
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