I'm a few days late posting this, but I just surpassed my 20th anniversary of playing bass, and 10th anniversary of being on TB - which is, incidentally on the same day: Christmas. With a little bit of help from family, I bought my first bass for myself for Christmas at age 15 (a terrible Lotus P-bass copy), and started teaching myself how to play. That first week I took it completely apart to figure out how it works, so I guess I've been fixing guitars now for 20 years, too. Over the past two decades I've played countless shows (from tiny clubs to giant stadiums), toured the world and elsewhere, played in some great bands, met some fantastic people, released 3 solo records (working on the fourth - see my signature!), 1 EP, two music videos, owned only a small handful of basses(!), am still using my first bass amp (prototype Mesa/Boogie Bass Triaxis), and started my own guitar repair shop (Strange Guitarworks. It's been at times extremely frustrating, almost always financially straining, and yet somehow always rewarding. I couldn't imagine my life any different, nor would I want anything else. Somehow in the early days of my internet usage (WAY before LOLcats), I stumbled across TalkBass, and in subsequent reading managed to learn a whole lot over the years (at least before it got taken over by all the young whipper snappers). I've learned a lot about pedals, amps, and basses, read some hilarious gig stories, ogled (and then forgot about) a bunch of instruments I could never afford, and chatted with some of my bass heros (Michael Manring). I've Fuqua'd, ribbed Bruce Lindfield over his crotchety old man routine, risked god's wrath by making fun of John Turner's puffy shirts, participated in the OT uprising of 2008 and didn't get caught, garnered a couple of infractions for speaking my mind, ragequit once or twice, puzzled over the mystery of the Quintar, became "pile drivingly heavy", replied with "carrots" more than once, witnessed a fake public suicide, saw the rise and fall of the Lobby, witnessed the banishment of Mike Money, PsychoBassGuy, and Ken Smith,... and I still don't know what the best bass for metal is. Over the years I post less and less, as simply talking about basses instead of playing them has become increasingly boring, and I can't keep up with all the new inside jokes and forum drama, but I still check the classifieds pretty often, and occasionally make a post (although I have to be careful about not snagging another infraction by being too honest). Perhaps someday I will tire of this site, and I will just drift away, just barely a internet memory... It's certainly been a fun ten years, though. So yeah. I've been doing this a long time. Hooray for me.