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It was 10 years ago today that I first discovered the Daily Kos. I have this date documented because of an email I sent that day to a colleague upon discovering this place: it was an oasis during the insanity of the Bush years, and many of us clung to it like a life vest.

You may note that it's been ages since I wrote a diary… and I only very rarely comment these days: but hardly a day goes by that I'm not here.  But when I first became involved in this community I had much more time to write… and I deeply appreciated the platform Markos provided - as well as the assembled talent found here.

It was through this site that I became engaged in Howard Dean's campaign… and became active in state and local Democratic politics. A significant part of my career now involves developing online tools and websites to advance progressive politics, and it all stems from my involvement here. And many of the friends I hold dear today came as a result of this site and the Netroots Nation conferences.

So, I couldn't let this occasion pass unnoticed.  I raise a glass to Markos and all the front pagers, both past and current - with a special toast to the memory of Steve Gilliard - and deep gratitude to this community.

Update: It's been great to see so many old friends chime in – and it's been ages since I've been on the Rec List. I'm verklempt!

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