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Thursday, February 14th, 2013.

About a year ago (Hint, it's tomorrow), I woke up after sleeping in, and skipping class that day. I got up, feeling tired still and awfully lazy, and went to the bathroom to wash my face, leaving my sleeping mat and bag sprawled out on the floor. I went to the kitchen, and got myself a bowl of cereal, walked back into my room, semi-opened the screen and let the light shine in, and sat on my desk. I usually leave the window screen alone, and only open it a little in the afternoon, because there's nothing I despise more than the morning sun in my face. But for some reason, that day was different.

I scrolled through TAY, back when it was pink, yellow and white, and people were talking about Persona 3+4 and what their Four In Feb was. I had discovered the page a few days earlier, but it was only then that I finally decided to give it a try. And just like that, I jumped in. And there, I met my dear friend Morie. I really didn't have anything else going on that morning, so I decided to stick around. We talked about how we all were celebrating the festivities in our own way (Hint: That's where the cake up there comes in~), and I realized how great TAY was. It was just this . . . hidden corner of nice people, where anyone could sorta just hang out for a while and have fun. It was vastly different from what we have today, but cool and special in its own way.

I then began spending more time on TAY. I met a lot of cool people on there the first time. Morie was fangirling about P3. Truthie was helping out people with whatever they had trouble with. Pocos and I talked about stealth and other stuff in the mornings. GBD once cheered me up, talked about Skyforger with Boots, who went by a different name then, and Dyram was having loads of fun with Fire Emblem. Eventually, the Kinja change happened, and we all had to move on. We lost a few friends, though. We picked up, and made do with what we had, though. And life went on. We tried to make TAY big again.

I met a whole lot of new people then, and I'm awfully glad to be able to call all of you such great, dear friends. Zarnyx and I killed time together, going around TAY in the morning. AFI and Salvador and I made a huge mess with TAY, and saturated the place with anime stuff. Damson and I talked about how we didn't like mushy, girly anime, and liked the grittier, violent stuff, yet still watched Ouran. Kluge, Lumi and I stayed up together, talking about whatever was on our mind. Astro fangirled about her swords, and Zelda. I added Nach to the list, and then finally got to know him better by hanging out with him in Animal Crossing and RDR. And I met Neryl, who- get this -talked to me about how much she loved Pueblo-style architecture on our first conversation, ever. Funny how that's where everything began, huh?

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Oh, and Furby, too. He told me he likes WHITE BREAD.

So much has happened in one year.

Thanks, guys. Thanks a lot for being such awesome, great friends for all this time. Thanks for letting me be part of this great community, and have so much fun with you all . . . But I'm gonna have to cut it short, because this is already kinda lengthy, and mushy, and I hate mushy stuff, so just know that I love every single one of you guys, alrighty? K? Thx. bye.