Sometime early in the 2005 season, I discovered Penn State message boards. I had read BWI and FOS sporadically when DWill committed, but it was that fall that I regularly participated in these communities. Actually, the one I posted in the most was nittanyfootball.com. I was also reading another SBNation blog (Lookout Landing) at the time. I really liked the format and hoped someone would start one for Penn State. Old Mike stepped up sometime during 2006 (I think). I don't know if I was the first commenter, but I've been here since pretty much the beginning. And I loved it. Here was a place to talk about Penn State all the time, without being as insane as those premium message boards.
Obviously, a lot has changed with this site. Chris and Kevin joined, left, then Fugi jumped on, then Mike left, and Chris and Kevin et al took over, then a bunch of those guys left, and so on. I've liked some changes better than others, but no matter what this has been my go to PSU site for the duration.
But, I need a break.
I love Penn State. So fucking much. I came from across the country and knew I wanted to be a Nittany Lion as my (future) coach drove me down College Avenue to my hotel. I made amazing friends, met my wife, and created countless memories at Penn State. I got married in State Colllege, moved back here to get my masters, and now am raising my family here. I love Penn State.
Ive gone through every emotion that you all have over the past eight months. I don't need to list them all for you. But now I've hit an exhaustion point. For a while, BSD was a place for,me to remember why I love Penn State, process my emotions, vent if necessary, and so on. But now its just a place that drives me crazy and stresses me out. And it's nobodys fault in particular. But I'm at a point where if I don't step away from all of this for a while, Penn State, a place that means more to me than I can possibly express, is going to be a continued source of stress for me.
I have everything in the world I could ask for. An amazing wife and son, a job I feel good about, great friends, a wonderful home, my health, you name it. I really couldn't be in a better place in my life. So, I'm going to enjoy those things for a while, and step away from the endless conversations about IT on BSD, FOS, Twitter, etc. I'll hang out tonight but then I'm out.
Take care and WE ARE.
/realizes this was sappy as hell