March 27th 2001 was when I made my first post on GNI and today 10 years later I am still here.
It was a wild, exciting and satisfying ride with many highs and just a few lows. Over the years I treated this group as family and had no regrets for doing so. GNI brought me many new friends and I have developed close relationships with a few that even brought me business. I have attended members and their relatives funerals and weddings. Met with GNIers for Christmas and summer dinners and even marched with a few at protests in NY and Washington. Had the privilege of hosting a few members from out of town and similar was reciprocated when I traveled.
There were so many memorable moments here, especially the many fights when GNI was at its peak. In the midst of all the debates and quarrels there were equal amount of fun and laughter. The low part was when a few active members passed away, that was sad.
As with any group or family there are always people who are miserable, encountered just a few over the 10 years. Many of the miserable ones ran themselves off the group and the one or two who are remaining continues to fight with everyone.
I know I have spent way too many hours here and should have been doing more work however many times I said I will quit but I guess GNI is very addictive. I have tried to limit my posts to evening hours but like every thing else do get caught up, sometimes during the day.
All in all it was an enjoyable 10 years!!!!
Thank you GNI and thanks to all my fellow members, both past and present.