I couldn't be there, but same, Dave. You've put so much work into this place where we can have a community and it means a lot. Hard to believe it's been ten years since the old purge scattered us. I don't know if anyone thought back then how we'd still be going strong now, and it's because of you.
You guys all act like I did it alone. I did not. There are several hundred people I need to thank, not the least of which are YOU. Yes, YOU! Without the users and lurkers and chatters, this place would be a ghost town. Yeah, I put money into this. Yeah, I put time into this. But without YOU ALL, it would have been nothing.
She got over it when the first Google ads check came in. They weren't much, but they defrayed about half the cost of the place. So when I went to a cheaper server I removed all ads. We're probably one of the only ad-free places on the web now.
In another 10 years this place might just be me and Dave squinting at each other from across a weatherbeaten wooden table beneath a bare bulb dangling from its own power cord, alternatively hollering "What?" "WHAT?" "WHAAAT?" at each other as roaches scuttle from shadow to shadow, but it'll still be here.