A recent post has really had me reflecting on the past few years and all the great times I've had being a part of the offroad community. I'd like to sharre a little about what Race-Dezert has meant to me. The first time I saw RDC I was living in the high desert (this had to be about 5 years ago?) and I didn't even have a computer (does a really snazzy word processor count?). When mom got hooked up to the internet it was a really big deal and my little brother, Bobby, and I spent a whole day surfing the web. He showed me this really cool desert racing site he had seen at a friend's: Race-Dezert.Com! Fast forward to a year or so later and I was moved in with Greg and we had an internet connection of our very own. Race-Dez was pretty much the only quality desert racing site around, not counting Offroad.Com which just was too big to have the friendly feel of RDC. Greg spent so many hours looking at the ReaderZ RideZ over and over again and visiting all the sites in the LinkZ section. Back then, for those of you who are recent converts, the DeZert People forum was just this linear type board with posts appearing one right after the other in chronological order - no registration necessary - you didn't even have to post your name if you didn't want to (which eventually led to problems and was one of the factors in getting the new board). There were a handful of regulars who posted: Poolman, Junior, Ann, Sheryl, and Dani, Kreg, Klaus and John (of course) and a bunch of others I'm forgetting but hey it's late. It'd take maybe ten minutes on a good day to get caught up on all the posts before it really seemed to take off and get tons of people posting so that you could hardly keep up with the topics (thank gawd for the new board!).When we saw a few people posting about our first "Inland Prerunners" meeting after it had happened we were absolutely THRILLED and ever since then RDC has been a crucial part of our success. The people we've met through RDC have become great friends (I'll never forget meeting Klaus for the first time, at Chuck Strange's...I was so excited, it was like meeting a celebrity) and we'd be absolutely ignorant about the happenings in the offroad world if we didn't have such a convenient place to read all about them. I know that there must be so many other people whose lives have been changed because of RDC and all that Klaus and John have so generously done for us all. This board is so much more than a website. It truly is a community. I'm sure this kind of post has been made before but my gratitude for RDC has really been on my mind a lot the past few days so I thought I'd share how much this site means to me. Back in the day I could spend hours here and now I get so busy I'm lucky if I can check posts once a week, but it gives me this incredibly warm feeling to see everyone interacting in such a good way here and I just wanted to remind ALL the boyz of how special and appreciated they are.