A year ago I registered at the Hype. I've loved the Fantastic Four since I was a kid and the Thing was my favorite character so of course I was anxious to find any leaked pics of him from the set. When I saw the gummi bear, orange circus peanut, rubber eraser/burn victim 5 foot two atrocity they were trying to pass off as the Thing I was apalled. The pain and frustration was considerable and I sought solace in reading fan comments, knowing I wasn't alone. But then, on the Hype, some IDIOT was saying that the Thing looked PERFECT and this balloon-head was jazzed for this movie. I couldn't just laugh this off. I had to log on and list the 50 reasons this fool was wrong wrong WRONG. So I'd just joined ranks with "The Brow-Beaters" in the Great Rocky Eyebrow War of '04. For my blood pressure's sake I couldn't stay at the F4 forums for too long at a time, so I got bored and strolled over to Community. HERE, some goof was saying that the Earth was only 7,000 years old and that the Biblical God who sent wild bears to eat little kids 'cause they made fun of a bald dude...was a caring, loving, forgiving and just God?!? I had to straighten this naive Bible-licker out. But then in the midst of the debate, some Christians were answering my questions thoughtfully with respectfully-worded, even FUNNY posts. With each exchange my respect was growing for these misguided but cool people. So then I got sucked in. I've been blown away by how many intelligent, educated, cool and Conan O'Brien/Bill Hicks-level hilarious people I've encountered here since then. My job as Concierge/Security...sure, there are times where I have to go get a millionaire's pheasant out of their freezer because their flight from Ibiza was delayed, or I have to stop a homeless crack-head who's trying to rape a dog out front, but 80% of the time I have to sit at this b.o.r.i.n.g. desk waiting for someone to rape a dog . So the Hype has transformed my job to the point that I dread coming in a lot less and I'm sure that all the thought provocation, debate, entertainment and piss-yer-pants laughter I've found here has added 2 or 3 years to my life. I'm appreciative of all of you who are cool and grateful that in a sea of billions of morons and ass****s on the internet, I happened to stumble on such a rare collective of awesome people. So, I've made 2 lists ( which was an incredible pain in the ASS! ) List #1 You have sufficiently amused me, or you sound cool, or I can relate to what your saying and look forward to your posts. Or I really, Really enjoy laughing at your pathetic-ass and hate you...in a GOOD way! List #2 To me, these are the elite, demi-gods in the Hype-antheon. I almost think of you as celebrities and I'm either a fan of yours, a HUGE fan of yours, or, as bizarre as it is with nothing but disembodied thoughts expressed in text from all over the world, I think of you as at least a Cyber-Friend. Thanks for a fun year, Hype. You are loved. AWWwwww.