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    1. Geriatric Member PJA's Avatar
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      12-01-2019 11:21 PM #1
      Twenty years ago today, I opened this account on the VWVortex forums (I had lost two previous screen names to server crashes in May of 1998 and August of 1999, but I didn't post much at all, mostly in the Mk3 forums). I was twenty-five years old. In the time since, I've gone through two dogs, five states, a marriage, and twenty-seven cars (including two Miata's and three BMW's, now up to 55 vehicles total, I think). Santana's 'Smooth' was number one on the radio (remember radios?), Toy Story 2 had just come out a week before at Thanksgiving and was number one at the box office, and as my office's network administrator I was up to my nuts in Y2K software patches. There was no Car Lounge yet, and there were only about five thousand users (I believe this username is member number 5,051 - in the summer of '98, I don't think there were much more than a thousand).

      This is what I had in 1999, a '98 Jetta GL five speed, my fifth Volkswagen to that date (of what would total eight as of 2019).



      And this is what I have now, twenty years later, a 2011 Nissan Leaf and a 1993 Suzuki Cappuccino:





      (The 356 is not mine, sadly)

      A lot has changed since then - automotive fandom, cars themselves, online communities, technology in general. I've met some lifelong friends on here, a couple of whom I consider my very best. It's an odd little corner of the internet who's time has probably passed long ago. Interesting what turns are taken, how things run their course.

      In closing, I leave you with two pieces of advice, having learned from two decades of arguing with people on the internet:

      1. Be nice.

      2. BAN HAWC.

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    3. I’m not a loser. I’m a winnah!! patrikman's Avatar
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      12-02-2019 12:00 AM #2
      3. ???????
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      12-02-2019 12:09 AM #3
      The real question is, how long will Vortex last?

    5. Geriatric Member PJA's Avatar
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      12-02-2019 12:12 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      3. ???????
      4. Profit

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      12-02-2019 01:19 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by PJA View Post
      4. Profit
      5. Demand TT-RS

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      12-02-2019 06:53 AM #6
      China is the traditional gift for the 20th anniversary


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      12-02-2019 08:05 AM #7
      Here is my 20th Anniversary




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      12-02-2019 08:40 AM #8
      Mines next week. Dammit I'm old. July 2020 is my 30th anniversary of when I started mountain biking. I feel better about that one
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      12-02-2019 09:00 AM #9
      My account isn’t as old as some of yours but I’ve been lurking since early 2000, so almost 20 years. I was actually a member at Miata.net and found my way here from there. I was 28 and a newlywed. Since then I’ve been divorced, remarried, have two kids in HS with one graduating this year and going through college applications now. I’m on my 7th car. Include both wives’ cars and the number goes up to 12 or 13. Ironically, while most cars are very different between then and now, there are some exceptions... Wife 1.0 had a 2004 4Runner. Wife 2.0 has a 2018. They’re remarkable similar given their differences in age. The trucks, not the women.
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      12-02-2019 09:33 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
      Mines next week. Dammit I'm old. July 2020 is my 30th anniversary of when I started mountain biking. I feel better about that one
      Huh. Turns out my 20 year is today. Is there a support group for this sort of thing? It can't be healthy.

      My 30 year MTB anniversary will be summer-ish 2022. Almost there.

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      12-02-2019 09:33 AM #11
      I opened my account in January 2000, many user names ago.

      It's been....a ride.
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      12-02-2019 09:36 AM #12
      I've only ever had this username and I remember the site before the forums were introduced. Time flies.

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      12-02-2019 09:43 AM #13
      Happy anniversary. It's nice to reflect. This place certainly is/was special. Before this place I spent a lot of time dialing up my modem to get to http://www.gti16v.com/ and hopping from one Geocities or Angelfire hosted VW enthusiast site to another.

      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      Here is my 20th Anniversary
      nice. Mk4s got so much flack in the beginning but all the GTIs are special in their own right. I'd love a Mk2 16V or a Mk3 VR6 GTI. But finding one in decent shape is near impossible. Thus I'm on the hunt for a nice Mk4 as my next toy car. And as much as people love the .:R32, I'm thinking a 24v GTI w/ all the goodies from a 20AE would be pretty sweet for a fraction of the price.

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      12-02-2019 09:58 AM #14
      Patrick, good to hear from you! I thought of you the other day when I was passed by a nice E39.

      Tom

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      12-02-2019 09:59 AM #15
      I believe my 20th is next spring, so not too far behind. Things have definitely changed in that period, but I don't think the value of forums like these has passed--perhaps the technology, but I haven't come across anything that provides the same level of detail and interaction as a car forum. I suppose that's why they still exist. I'll probably keep coming to this place until the literal plug is pulled. If forums fail, IMO, it's because people lose interest in the topic and move on to something else.

      As far as my own progression over the last 19.5 yrs, I've gone from all VWs all of the time to one VW and no real interest in the brand currently (a GTI/R would be nice, but not something I am in a position to buy at the moment). Cars have gone from fun and a great way to spend some spare time, to the beginning of the end of cars as I knew it when I started here. I went from school to a real job; from making very little money to making more; from having time to drive or tinker to a fair amount less time for that; from renting a crappy apartment for like $500/mo to owning my own house; from wanting a tow vehicle and a nice garage to getting a tow vehicle and being on the verge (hopefully) of the garage I've always wanted. Lots of ups and downs between where I was to where I am, but cars and this community have always been there as a great resource.

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      12-02-2019 10:31 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
      Huh. Turns out my 20 year is today. Is there a support group for this sort of thing? It can't be healthy.
      Right? Probably have turned my mush brain into even more...mush.

      Quote Originally Posted by mutcth View Post
      Patrick, good to hear from you! I thought of you the other day when I was passed by a nice E39.

      Tom
      Ha! Thanks Tom, good to hear from you, too! The E39 made an appearance on Instagram the other day for that decade challenge thing. It was a nice car.


    18. 12-02-2019 10:37 AM #17
      I still miss the yellow background.

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      12-02-2019 10:45 AM #18
      You're old
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    20. Geriatric Member PJA's Avatar
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      12-02-2019 11:18 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by zerind View Post
      You're old


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      12-02-2019 11:40 AM #20
      Hit my 15yr mark this year.

      I was 16 when I signed up, had gotten my license and was hanging out at a friends house (Boom83GTI) and he had me make an account
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      12-02-2019 12:00 PM #21
      You guys are all old!

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      12-02-2019 12:03 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      Here is my 20th Anniversary





      #2853 (also JB) was the best car i ever had. stupid timing belt/water pump maintenance and lack of cash flow at the time scared me into trading it for a mk5

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      12-02-2019 01:08 PM #23
      Wow, my post got deleted, apparently because I mentioned Jamie selling the site to Verticalscope? How sad.

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    25. 12-02-2019 02:37 PM #24
      I feel like this is the only forum where I see people consistently posting for 20+ years. That is crazy. Most other forums I've seen went to **** a long time ago and lost most of their posting base.

      I was on the Car and Driver forums back in 2004-2005 and between site changes and buggy forum software it lost most of its consistent posting base by 2007 or so. I feel like that's the case for a lot of forums. Glad to see that's not the case here.

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      12-02-2019 02:46 PM #25
      Went from a slow sedan, to a fast wagon, and now to a slow CUV over the fifteen years here. Manuals they are all, but don't think I can keep that record going for the next fifteen.

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