For my 1,000th post here on the boards I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge just how very much this forum and all of you have meant to me since I found this place (via the old IndyStar forums) in March, 2004.
Although it's taken almost 8 years to reach the 1,000 post milestone (I freely admit that my online forum habits tend to be "read more, input less" most of the time), that is not to say that this forum has not been a huge part of my life. Quite on the contrary, I consider this place to be THE definitive source for Pacers news and talk anywhere in the world, and on a near hourly basis I make sure to do the rounds and read up on what all the knowledgeable Pacers fans out there are talking about and give my input from time to time.
The Blue and Gold have had some good and some bad years during my time here. And like any family, we too have all had our ups and downs as a forum family. With all that being said... I've not encountered a group of fans in my entire life that is so smart, funny and genuinely kind and gracious as you all.
Things like having a chance to share my ridiculous and wholly ineligible Area55 video's with you, or get congratulations on the birth of my daughter in a game thread in which the Pacers beat the Lakers in LA for the first time (Those of you who know me a bit know that one was especially sweet) are memories that I cherish and will never forget.
One of my goals is to become more involved here. Often times I feel as though so many of you have such great basketball sense and commentary that my own insights would be redundant. That's a testament to Indiana and all the great fans we have living there. For my own part, starting out in Wisconsin and now living in Los Angeles, I can indeed confirm that Pacers fans FAR outclass all others I've come in contact with both in knowledge and pride.
I'll try to avoid letting this become too long-winded of a sentimental speech.
Once again, just let me say "Thank You" to each and every person here for sharing your love of the Indiana Pacers with me over these 1,000 posts and 8 years. I truly feel as though you are all extended family in your own right, and this family I would not trade for the world.
Here is to many more posts, many more years, and many more moments of Passion and Pride for our Pacers!