Ive been hanging around the LPSG for about four months now, and in that time Ive learned a great deal, been exposed to the wonderful variety of humanity, and felt a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from the membership. Ive laughed at the wit on display and been touched by the experiences of others. Ive made an effort to comfort and encourage, publicly and privately, because Ive received that same support from others. Ive been heartened to find people out there who feel the way I do about some issues and to discover that other men have gone though some of the same experiences and had similar thoughts. (What do you know? Im not the only one after all.) During that time Ive honestly met people I would even consider friendspeople with whom Ive even exchanged addresses and phone numbers, and I never expected that to happen. :happy: While Ive been considering it awhile now, seeing some of the obstacles Mark faces with fighting to keep this place afloat and functioning has convinced me to become a full-on paying member. Since I never really end up going into the gallery, its not so much for the perks of membership (though that search function will be nice). Its because I believe in what is happening herein the effort to be there for one another in an informative, encouraging, and positive way. And because I know it cant be cheap to provide what amounts to a public service to those of us who use and benefit from the forum. Chatting with another of the Steves over the down time sort of clinched the decision for me. So, Im in. I believe in the cause and I want this place to continue to reach and teach. I suppose the real topic up for discussion is this: what has LPSG done for you? How does it serve to enrich and improve your life? Why do you stick around?