this website is a great place to be, for me that is. i know many of you already know what ive come to realize recently; good people live here! my schedule does not allow for much socializing, so my family and a few choice friends is all i have time for currently. now dont get me wrong, im completely happy with that, but meeting new people and sharing an interest, such as photography, is important in everyones life. i keep reflecting back on what someone said a few weeks ago about the forum having individuals, in clicks, that tend to stick together and only comment on each others posts or something like that; and recently a coworker suggested the forum was full of needy people looking for attention in a cyber peyton place. (he works out of the country now... wink to Alison), anyways, maybe it is, maybe it isn't, i don't know. all i know is that i have found a unique group of individuals - across the board - that i believe to be honest in their photographic beliefs, constructive criticism and common decency in lending a helping hand. this is the only reason im here. ive been part of other forums and the camaraderie found here is unparalleled. even when i was recently away i received a few emails of concern. pretty awesome, eh? oh well, thanks to everyone in this forum for being part o fmy life and everything you do; be it post great pics, lend helping advice, leave a funny website to visit or whatever, and to those of you who come in briefly and try to piss us off...only makes us stronger . reminds me of the flag i found in the american history museum the other day that draped the pentagon on 9-11-01: (sorry, i post pics around here occasionally) anyways, sorry....i tend to ramble. thanks again, i love you guys and mom, you're the best!