It's been a very long time since I've been active in these parts. I used to visit almost every day; watching animations, participating in the forums, creating music and videos, and chatting with some really cool people.
I kinda fell away from it all. Every day turned in to every week, to every couple of weeks, to once a month. I'd check to see if I had messages, watch a toon here and there, then not come back for quite some time. I'm not really sure why, but things change I guess.
I still kept in touch with a bunch of people from the site and followed newgrounds on other forms of social media. I knew that Pico day was coming, but felt it'd be out of place for me to show after being absent for so long. Old friends started coming out asking why I hadn't shown in... Over 6 years I believe? All I had were lame excuses, and they let me know they were. I was invited out, and decided to spend the next month of my time trying to find a way to make my way down.
It took a lot of negotiating and effort to get the days I needed, but I got it, and went.
I had an AMAZING time. I was incredibly nervous at first. For starters, there were WAY more people than I had seen the last time. I didn't recognize half of them. It's very hard to meet new people when there are large groups talking amongst one another, so I started small and looked for people I knew. And even then, I was afraid know one would recognize me. Almost everyone I met the last time did remember, however, and they welcomed me with open arms. That, is one of the greatest feelings ever.
I met a lot of talented people. Drank entirely too much (and was happy everyone enjoyed some Cleveland beer). And was given an amazing tour of Philly while I was down. Guh, everyone was so nice.
You'll be seeing me here a lot more.
(I know this entire post was just a bunch of jarble, but I was just throwing all of my thoughts out as they came.)