In the grand scheme of things, I have not really been a member of this forum for all that long. I initially joined in August of 09 but was not all that active in the beginning. I have belonged to a couple of other forums and still look in on one periodically but decided a few months ago to make this one my "home". I have noted as of late that this forum seems to be growing leaps and bounds and I have wondered to myself why (besides the obvious "it's great"). I understand that a lot more folks are concerned about "the bees" and as such are getting involved in one way or another and I think that's great. But that alone surely does not account for the growth that this site has experienced over the last few months , so what is it? The conclusion I have come to (right or wrong) is this: Quite simply, it is friendly here. There have been few if any arguements that I can recall, although healthy but respectful disagreements do occur occasionally. That is healthy, debate must occur as agreement on everything is not honest. It seems that when anyone "signs on" to this forum, an unwritten understanding that "egos" and "attitudes" are left at the door has been almost universal in it's acceptance by those that choose to participate. Questions are encouraged here and answers are usually timely (comparably speaking) which can be a great source of relief to those of us that on occasion find ourselves stumped and rattled. (it has worked well for me :mrgreen: ) I understand that there are ebbs and tides/ups and downs in life, and that growth such as that experienced here can come with the inevitable growing pains associated with it, but when I'm on a rollercoaster I've never been accused of not waving my arms in the air and yelling for all I'm worth! :yahoo: Next stop.......50,000!