I really do appreciate the goodbye, Meister. I remember the day they made you a Hero because that was the time that I missed out on the rank. But to be honest, I really think that you were in fact more deserving than I was, and I was right. I signed on to these forums right at the time the sight was in turmoil, so I didn't get to see this site in it's marvelous glory. I've went over how I got here, so I won't bring that up again. I actually remember writing a Hello topic and Res was the first response and he said something like, "Biodigital jazz, baby!" That stuck with me, so I stuck with this forum. I felt at home here, even though it was in it's twilight. I kept writing comments on whatever new topics posted, even answered a few bots just to pull jokes and have fun. Then, the retirement happened. I remember just being floored, like I was losing a friend. So, I made a decision. I felt that if I can just keep writing, whether it be a new topic, or comment on just about every bot that post, that MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, TGH will see this, unretire themselves, and maybe things will be anew. Kind of silly thought, but I felt that if I didn't keep doing my thing, the forums are going to die. 2000+ comments later, I hit a wall, and the wall was called LIFE. I had taken on a position as a Biomedical Equipment Technician II and switched to a different hospital. That biomed program had A LOT of problems that needed to be addressed, and so the time I had to surf the forums here just wasn't there anymore. That's why you didn't see a lot of me this past year. I didn't just up and quit, I simply ran out of time. With the demands of work, three kids in school, etc., I couldn't simply log in when I feel like it. Probably the similar reality that HT and crew met in October 2012. Funny how life comes full circle sometimes. When I look back at my time here, it was more of me growing as a person. The twins were born, moved twice, switched jobs, watched my kids grow like weeds, hit a few milestones in gaming (8/28/2016, I FINALLY beat a Mario game, NSMBU), and met some of the best online friends a guy could have. I would have liked to get the Hero rank, but it's kind of pointless at this point. So if this website ends tomorrow, I can honestly say that I had a great time with you guys. Meister, I wish you the best of luck. I'll be on the Steam group, so Black and Res keep watch. For the rest of you, if you're reading this by any means, it was fun being here and I bid you adieu and I'll see you in the next save point. I'll be here when I can, until they finally hit the off button on the website's servers.
"Never give up. Trust your instincts"