I've certainly changed since I first joined. I stumbled across this board before I knew how to do my own oil change to give you some perspective. When Paul Carter urged me to actually sign up and stop lurking, I bit the bullet and signed up. Since then, I've met a lot of cool people who I am I friends with outside of the "car scene".
It's been fun - I've learned A LOT - enough so that I try to give back to the people in this community when I get the chance... I like the idea of "paying it forward" as Kiwi likes to say. I know some people on this board don't see eye to eye with me - but that hasn't discouraged me.. I will continue to be an active member and hopefully I will get the opportunity to give back more to the future AKIC much like certain members on here have helped me out.
So thanks Paul (retrac) - I would have never signed up without you! :-P