Second Anniversary of Sand Day . This image is not mine. It is a collage of images from LEGO.com gallery user Sand_Cheerios with words overlayed.
I wrote this late last night. I apologize for any rambling or sappiness. I considered editing it, but I won't. So here are my free-flowing thoughts from last night.
EDIT after re-reading it: Oh bricks I really did ramble on emotionally. Well, en-frickin' joy! . Well, today is Sand day.
The day Sandís parents forced him to leave the gallery over an honestly stupid reason that was blown way out of proportion.
But the reasons donít matter. What matters is that itís been two years since Sand, the creator of SWRP, left the Gallery, left SWRP, and left LEGO, for good.
I considered making this post about rebirth, and how we are at a turning point again in SWRP, and we need to consider carefully our next steps and everything, but I donít think thatíd be appropriate.
I think today should be a day to honor the loss we had. Honestly, when I think back on the memories shared with users who have left, even if I just read an old post by someone I barely knew... itís like remembering someone who died. Weíll never see Sand again. Ever. For all intents and purposes, heís dead to us. As are so many of our lost fellows.
And Sandís memory doesnít deserve to die. He shouldnít just be another username lost to the annals of the Internet. And not just because he was a leader and founder of a great community - one I am very glad I returned too - but because nobody does.
And I think thatís why last night, I was thinking about all those users weíve lost. About people like Fallen, or Wilson, or any of them. I was thinking about how sad it is that theyíre gone. How much it feels like I lost a friend, like a friend had died. But I was also thinking, what happens if one of them tries to come back. How lost will the poor soul be if one of them hops back on, only to find us gone. The gallery in ruins. Is there... is there anyone left there to direct them to us? Is there anyone there to tell them, ďWe are still here! You just have to find us!Ē Is there? I mean, how many of them will think to google SWRP and how much luck will they need to find our SWRP and not one of the many others out there? How lost they would be. How they would feel that, too them, we all died too. So I will celebrate today, not just as a memorial to Sand, but as a memorial to every user, big and small, great and almost forgotten. Every person who has helped shaped SWRP, and to a greater extent what the LEGO Star Wars gallery community, into what it once was and still is today. That way, perhaps if they just search their username, theyíll find us. Waiting with open arms to receive them. All we can do is hope.
If I have any mistakes, please tell me. This list is partially from memory and EF member records. Add any username you can possibly find to this. They donít need to be a veteran or anything, just someone who was on the gallery. Heck, check the LSW creations wiki if you have to.
Sand_Cheerios, aka Cheeriosandlegos
B0802, aka B0frombeyond
Batman (what was his full user name?)
And of course, our recently kind-of-lost B-wing2222, aka SilverSword05 and TrakyrPawfoot
And inactive users
JediMasterTryannus aka SilverWolfos
I donít know how to close out this. Going through those names, going through them it feels like a funeral. Like Iím looking at a series of gravestones and remembering the times I laughed with them. It makes me feel nostalgic, makes me feel a yearning for the good Ďold days. Now Iím actually tearing up. Heh. You know, I hope that one day when my name gets put on there, Iím not forgotten. You guys donít understand it, but bounty and I... weíre all thatís left of the original SWRP groups. Weíre all that remains. And by bricks I hope that when we leave it keeps going. And going and going and going.
And... and I hope that if there is such a thing as heaven. If, despite all the knowledge and science we have, there is an afterlife, I hope that when weíre all up there, hopefully due to old age, I hope we can meet eachother, and know who we are.
I know Iím rambling on, Hell I donít know if thisíll make the final draft, but I need to share something with you guys. This RP, as objectively silly as it is, it means so much to me. More than I think anyone understands. You guys have kept me going when, honestly sometimes Iíve thought of ending it all. There was a time only a few months ago when I was in... when I was in a very bad place. But one of things that kept me going was my many friends. Not just the ones I have in real life - though of those there are a multitude - but also you guys. I know I can be argumentative and disagreeable, and stubborn and whatnot, but I honestly love you guys so much. Platonically of course. Studs, Iím crying now. Ah dammit I said I wasnít gonna talk about me. Look, I donít know how to wrap this up... just, just,
Letís just try to remember how lucky we all are to still be here. Letís never forget those who cake before. And hereís to another great year of RP. And another, and another, and another.
All of you. :)