Since the year is just about done (and the decade as well) I paused for a moment to reflect back on how things were years ago. I thought of faces and names that are no longer around, but also of the "old guard" that is still here.
I also pondered how lucky the people that are new to the hobby are and also how unfortunate it is for them at the same time.
The "new people" have the advantage of being able to purchase every part of the costume. There are multiple vendors and painters here that are able to provide goods and services that were far beyond our dreams even 5 years ago. They can buy everything they need complete and ready to wear if they so desire.
This, sadly, is a two-edged sword. They have missed out on the wonder and discovery of many found parts. Most will never experience the joy of LisaFett's Jetpack tutorial or scouring the internet for a DP95 with the white interior (cuz that's way better than the 97,96,or even the green interior )
Granted, there is still more to learn and I do realize not everyone buys their costume off the rack. I just mean that there was a time when you had to make your own stuff.
I came into the hobby in the middle. I got to build my own stuff and buy some parts from the vendors. It was a wondrous time for me and I wouldn't trade it with anyone for all the world.
In closing, I would like to salute the "old guard" and thank them for not only paving the way for us, but also sticking around to make sure that we made it through.
Thank you TDH.