Billy, you sound almost like me there! Amazing how this place has had such an impact.
It's in part down to this forum and having a place to chat about the geekery that is TV; that I now earn my living in the weird world of television. It's also in part of a friend who introduced me to Napster and I downloaded the wrong file (wanted a radio 1 jingle, got the 1999 N24 countdown) from then on I was doomed!
Many years later I've been lucky enough to work on some of those very shows I got so geeky about. I've traveled the world, and at the end of it all even after a horrendous 14 hour filming day, I'll still pop onto TVF and see what’s going on.
I've met a few of you and made good friends in real life with members of the forum, as well as some I've never met, and probably really should. Perhaps in 2 years time we'll book a pub somewhere and have a TVForum pub quiz, because I think that would be hilarious!
Oh and there was that time when I banned every member... myself included... cough.