Post #20,000... took more than half a lifetime to get here, but here we are!
I joined the CU boards in October, 2001 as a 14-year-old high school freshman. I don't remember how I stumbled upon the site, but somehow I did. In the ensuing years--more than half of my lifetime--I've learned a ton, hopefully contributed a bit, and most importantly, met many great people, a number of whom I've also met in person. With the support of members here, I started a business as a high school sophomore which is still going strong, and it was a great help in earning me the funds to support not just my collection, but also to get my pilot's license when I was in college and helped me to put a down payment on my house. The generosity of board members who have supported various charitable pursuits over the years is something I'll appreciate forever.
I don't know how long it will take me to get another 20,000 (or even 10,000) posts, but I've certainly enjoyed the journey thus far. The coins are great, but the people and camaraderie is even better, so thanks to everyone here for helping make this place what it is.