I'm 3 years behind you and looking to go 25 or 30 years hanging around... if not more. I found WC quite by accident while looking for something to dress up Win 98, however, that was a few months before I actually signed up to become a member. That came when I upgraded to XP and couldn't stand its Fisher Price look any longer.
I thought 98 was bland, but XP went to the other extreme and was gaudy, almost to the point of nausea. That's when it was ' look out Wincustomize, here I come'.... and the place has never been the same since. You poor Yanks didn't know what hit ya's, what with my warped and sick sense of humour... not to mention the correct spelling.
Yup, it must have been some culture shock. I mean, how many of you needed [still need] tranquilisers to help you sleep at night since my arrival? I even got PMs from a couple of the big cheeses to tone it down because my Aussie/Brit style humour might have been too much for you's all.
Anyhow, here I am, 13.5 years later, and sure glad that I popped in all those years ago. Apart from the great skins and themes the fantastic artists here produce, the company's pretty darned good as well.... from all over the world. Like who needs social media sites when you have the WC forums.... and no, that's not a question, it's a statement.
I might take time out for personal reasons - health issues and the like - but I don't ever see not coming back... unless there's an 'urn' between me and the keyboard, LoL. My whole internet experience would be all the poorer for not coming back, so like it or not, you poor buggers are stuck with me, hehe. Nope, I don't plan on getting in the urn for a few years yet.
So, thanks to all the skinners and members for making WC a great site to visit, and thanks to Brad, the staff and mods for maintaining a great site to visit. It is my one online social outlet and I'd be lost without it.
In fact, the local nuthouse has a strait jacket and padded cell awaiting my arrival if WC ever closed down, that's how serious my dependency has become, LOL