Part of me thinks I should wrap up this whole 5th anniversary thing up with one last post. I was thinking I should do a "state of the union" sort of thing, but was told in no uncertain terms that I shouldn't. It was suggested that I pick a few of my favorites of my own HNTs over the past five years. But I do that for the year-end thing anyway, so nothing really gained there.
I could write about how wonderful it was to see some names from the past join in for the anniversary theme (I guess I just did, didn't I?). Same thing with the Favorites post from the day before. I was really impressed with the number of people who did join in with the theme. Even the ones that didn't have to go too far back. As expected, most of them were on the tame side, simply because most of us took a tentative step in our initial HNT. Some of you took to a variation of your first, which was cool too.
I could discuss the good and the bad about HNT, but I want to maintain a positive tenor here. (I know! What's wrong with me?!?) Besides, the bad stuff is the same stuff we've dealt with for years. The good stuff? You can't get enough of that! But I'm not sure what I'd discuss.
I guess what I should focus on would be thanking all of you. There was a lot of "Thanks, Os" sort of sentiment among the posts this week. I guess I feel it's misdirected. It should be "Thanks, HNTers!" Because ultimately (and I've said this before), HNT is not about me. It's about YOU. If it were about me, it would have died within the first week. Yes, it might have been my suggestion, and yes, I push it and publicize it and promote it, but it's not me. It's YOU. So thanks to all of YOU!
Good news on the Phain situation! She was allowed back to her apartment to salvage what she could. And surprise! surprise! She was able to salvage quite a bit. Water-logged, but definitely not ruined. Enough that a friend brought over a big box truck to move it away. Much better than a pick-up truck! So, even after my heartfelt post below this, I'm still going to organize something after I talk with her. And GREAT news...the cat was found hiding in the closet!
Hey! S3 just came to visit me at work!
Ooh! Shiny thing...!