I too, have really gained a lot from my time here, from hanging with MP forumites in D.C., Florida, Wisconsin, London...as well as being visited here in K.C., and the occasional gathering with some local K.C. folks.
And, even not in face to face meetings, one of the highlights of the power of the forums was to get together with folks from the U.K., the U.S., and Australia (you know who you are) to do the Tsunami relief thing. Hey, what we earned might have been a drop in the ocean compared to the big stars, but, we did it! We made a dent, even if it was a little gravel ding on a great big Cadillac.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is John and Yoko's "bagism" incarnate...people getting together, not being able to hide their real selves, not seeing young or old, black or white (or any other color), fat or skinny, consummate pro or total novice, what have you, just people with a common love of music getting together.
Here's to SSS...v 3.1!
"Cisco Kid, was a friend of mine...(WAH WAH WAH WAHHH!)"