As far as I can tell I first posted as Bassen in September 1998. I had posted before that as a guest looking for song lyrics, but not that long before. I am a veteran lurker, infrequent poster, the virtual equivalent of the recluse from the back end of town that everyone forgets about. Not that I'm complaining, I figure this community needs anonymous entities too. And I definitely feel at home here. I've tried to do without but find I can't, I need this place. Being able to escape to the Mudcat those first few fantastic years was a godsend at a time when my other life was in the doldrums professionally and spiritually. Time to start paying back and participating a bit more regularly perhaps?