To all my fellow Mantids,
I can't thank you all enough for once again uniting to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It seems to be your specialty. All the trappings of my still-overwhelming graduation party adorn my place and it makes me feel happy to see them.
Now I can add this rather unusual tool of the future (yeah...I know) to my collection of Mantid-made icons of friendship. I'm obviously new to the Blog-o-sphere so you'll have to forgive me for not being quite as skilled in using this tool as those of you who spend way to much time on LJ/Tumblr do. Hopefully, you will be willing to contribute to my already impressive knowledge-base (If you thought I'd remain humble for more than 2 paragraphs, you obviously don't know me very well) by teaching me the tools of the trade - lookin' at you Sasha.
Well, I'm two paragraphs in to my first ever blog post, and I'm not really sure what to say. I'm tempted to whine about the injustice of the world or start spewing my philosophical reasons for why video-games are the reason life is at all tolerable, but that would do such a disservice to warm and happy welcome you all gave me. So, permit me to be both in and out of character for a moment to just say this:
For all my complaints about the world we live in, the fact that you all can find the time to contribute something this thoughtful to my life makes me take them all back (however briefly). It's this kind of friendship that makes me feel that any misery or hardship is worth it. You have all played such an important part in my evolution as a human being, as a friend, and as a thinker, that I often wonder what would have become of me if none of you had come into my life. I can only believe it would be a much darker, bleaker, and more miserable than one could even imagine. Fortunately, I do have you all in my life in one form or another so I don't even have to think about it. Even though most of you are miles away at all times, I still have nothing but fond and happy memories of our times together, and I think of all of you and the love you all bring me whenever I'm feeling down. I'm indisputably a better person because of all you have brought to my existence. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
I love you, all. So very, very much.
There is only passion,
I have every intention to make use of this wonderful little bulletin-board you've all given me. After all, we used those junky white-boards for all manner of oddity. Expect it.