I have been around for some time now. Granted, in my beginnings, this was the most minor of distractions. Honestly, I like to think of this as my place of feeding the wolf, not throwing a cow in the pen. This place has amazing art, stories, and just fosters good time-wasting. True, my interest in this site has generally been to fulfill one part of myself, but that's hardly the point. This place is great, and though I can't make art, either visual or literary, I feel I have benefited from being here. Certainly, this place gives you a different sort of dose than the rest of the internet: a little more edgy, but not going "there" (we all know what I’m talking about). I love this place, and seeing new stuff makes my daily checks (or hourly at some times) worth the time. I think this site more than anything has helped me divine what perhaps is the difference within myself between the crack, and the smoke: there are things we see/look for to fulfill those dark needs, but they are very fast surges, and do less to leave you relaxed and fulfilled, and more simply waiting in the trough till it next calls. In contrast, the softer, slower, smoother feel of art and story here builds up, and you feel...enriched perhaps for their existence, be whatever your pleasure or pain. Though, I must say, the more real and close something seems to be to your real desire, not the hyped out shite we think sometimes we want, the harder it gets. You want it for real; it is that longing tendril of smoke you catches in passing that awakes all the new memory and fantasy. So, I suppose that is my way to say it is aggravating as a single guy with...tendencies with no outlet to unleash them. Alas, thus is the fate of us many that though the lights are seen between us from the hills, the valleys between are far too wide to traverse to fulfill those heated moments. Though if any of your hills are near enough, feel free to talk. I will listen. So anyone in the Thurston area, I’m here.