www.whyville.net Mar 6, 2011 Weekly Issue

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A Nostalgic Request

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Well, hello Whyville. It's been a long time. About three years if I'm not mistaken. Or at least, it was about three years ago when I officially "retired" from Whyville. I still visited two or three times since then. But apparently I finally waited too long; my account has been banned for quite some time now.

I joined Whyville when I was twelve years old. My username was Kimker. This name may sound familiar to any hardcore Whyville veterans out there -- but I am not here to brag about my virtual accomplishments.

I am now going on twenty years old, majoring in journalism at the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo (I guess all those years of writing for the Times sure paid off, huh?), and I must admit . . . I've been feeling very nostalgic lately. I miss Whyville. I know I'm too old for it, I know it's not the same site I used to practically live on, and I know I wouldn't have time to log in anyway . . . but I do miss it.

Actually, it's the people I miss. Obviously I'm doing fine without the site itself, but all the friends I made? I'd do anything to talk to them again. Beanpole, Angellupe, Sims2Girl, Damdas100, Gooba3, Homerun25, Kurama5, Blink178, and so many more I'm sure I'm forgetting. These people are part of some of my favorite childhood memories. These people made me feel like I was worth something after a long day of being bullied at school. And I'll probably never get to talk to any of them again. Heck, I already know for a fact that the majority of them quit before I did.

I understand being cautious on the Internet. In fact I strongly agree with it. But right now? Right now I deeply regret not swapping email addresses with any of these people. How could I let such huge parts of my life go so easily? I don't think I ever even thanked them for all they've done for me.

So now I'm on a mission. I want to track down all my old Whyville friends -- or let them track me down -- so that we may keep in touch again. We don't have to talk on the phone. We don't have to meet in person. I just want to know how they're doing. I want to tell them how I'm doing. I want to geek out about Harry Potter, joke around, and just generally chat with these people again.

So if you're reading this, and you know me, or know someone who knows me, I beg you . . . reach out. I want to hear from you.

Hope to see you around Whyville . . .

This is Kimker, signing off.

Author's Note: If ScyllaCat's still around, I wanted to tell him he was my favorite City Worker.


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