And by keyboard, I mean the thing with "QWERTY" along the top line under the numbers, not the one with white and black keys. Seriously though, I stepped away from Talkbass for a while, and went about my daily life. It wasn't that I was mad about anything, or going through drastic personal changes - I just found myself using the site less and less. Before long I'd actually forgotten about the site - New house, new car, same rig - somehow, I actually found the sound and playability I wanted, and no longer GASsed for stuff I probably couldn't afford anyway. A month or so ago I stumbled across a clip somewhere with a guy playing a POG through a Turbo Rat, and thought, "my band could really make use of this!" and immediately started on the hunt for a similar sound... ...which led me back here... Just to find a sound. Fast forward another week or two... My daughter made 1st chair, all-district, in viola. I'm very proud and super-excited about this, because I'd always hoped my kid(s) would get into music at an early age. Turns out she wants a bass for Christmas! It just keeps getting better! :bass: Alas, her mom can't afford both a bass and an amp. Once upon a time I had a stable of 15 or 16 basses, but they've been thinned down, and I only have two electric basses - my Warwick Vette $$ 5 and a beater P, plus the Azola Bugbass upright. So what do I do? I ship her my home "player" bass - a Squier P, beaten up and stickers everywhere - which means now I need to hunt for something with which to replace it... ...which led me back here... So I've got my eye on a few things in the classifieds, but I have a very specific idea of what I want, and I should be able to get what I want for a price I want very soon. Man, I missed this place and didn't even know it! Anyway, the point is that I stepped away from Talkbass for a while. Now I go poking through some pretty contentious threads in the OT - threads that once upon a time would have gotten my blood pumping and spitting mad - and I find myself weighing the options, and ultimately NOT responding. When I left - again, no rage-quitting or anything, just kinda stopped - I would have jumped in with gusto! Somewhere along the way, between leaving and returning, I have learned when it's best just to step away from the keyboard. I guess I grew up a little bit. Somehow. Just felt like sharing. Lol.