On 3/9/09 our very dear friend passed away. So I decided to dedicate my 5000th post to family and friends. In recent months I have had the fortune of gaining a best friend and the misfortune of losing a very dear friend. There is symetry in this. I gained my best friend at a time when I didn't know I needed one. When I hadn't had one in a long time. I had forgotten what it was like to have a best friend. Then Ginny passed away, and I was very glad to have my best friend. There are some here that have touched my life. Danny, the father and big brother of many. Trp, thanks for bringing back the little bit of country. Upstate, gotta read between the lines to see your sense of humor. Big, Your Garfield avatar so fits you. There are so many others, Tooner, Helen, DS (yes even you), AJ (you just crack me up), Fethr, Steven, Belle, Sat (BTW, forgive me for borrowing part of a recent post of yours), Over. There are many more, but the whole point is this: You never know who may have an impact on your life. Never turn down the opportunity to make new friends, they may eventually become part of your family. Sat posted this, which I thought very appropriate: " In my dotage, I can only hope to be half as good as I was. I view our Tete-a-tete (sp) as a shuffle board game. I slide my puck down a narrow alley, to make a point, and my competitor on the other end has the exact same goal in mind. After the match, we sit on deck chairs (with drinks in hand) and watch the sunset. Tomorrow we will slide our pucks at each other in a new game, but in the end will sit and watch this day pass. " Isn't this what being friends is all about? Don't forget what's important in life. We all go to work and carp and complain and then go home and do the same thing. I don't have time for this or that, etc. And then one day something happens, and the world is changed forever. In the end work is just work and money can't buy what is important, family and friends. I was kind of surprised Steve, that you started my 5000th thread. I know I am not not the most popular poster here, so thank you for thinking of me. And I know I put this thread in the wrong place and it will probably get moved. Oh well! I like it here. Soooo, did I hit the high bar?