Alright, this is going to be long so if you don't feel like reading, I won't be upset. You could even skip to the bottom to get the jist. I've only been a member here for about a month but, like most of the people here, have become quickly addicted. My wife and I were talking and I relate to the people of the forum like I have been hanging out with ya'll at the Wal-Mart. She asked me why I like this forum so much. I had to think about it but I finally came up with a good answer. I have been taking pictures for quite a while. My aunt has been a tremendous inspiration for me. About five years ago, I blew out some discs in my back and developed degenerative disc disease. All of my prior hobbies had to stop. I was an avid golfer and bowler. I can't do either of these now. I took more of an interest in my photography while I was looking for a way to deal with the life changes. Here's where you all come in. Most of my friends could care less about a picture so it has been an isolating hobby. Until I found the forum. Since I have joined, I have started moving in a better direction. I am starting to look for more inspiration in the pictures that you share while learning to take better pictures myself. Ya'll are like a big group of friends that I can hang out with, without leaving the house, that have my same interests. And most are crazier than me so I fit in pretty good. Sorry to give ya'll a life story but just had to say thanks to all of you for being here and being such a great group of people. Yeah, it's kinda sappy but don't expect to help me pick out curtains or anything.