I'm not gone Brian! And while I have not been active in the hobby, I still think about bikes, look at bikes and dream of bikes. There are times I want to start a new project. There are times I don't. There are times I have money to burn. There are times I'm glad I didn't burn it.
Thanks to Rick, I noticed a link to this thread on FB last night so I thought I would come to the site and post a personal update....nearly 10 years later:
Life is different for me in 2017. Back when this thread was started, our daughter was just 4 years old, I was working at a job I hated, and my wife was working long hours. I had time. I was all in for collecting, Ebay, shows, parties, whatever. It was my great escape. I was extremely excited to be flying out to the '08 Society gathering in just two short months. I couldn't get enough of the hobby I enjoyed.
BUT...from early on, I have also often said, "I'm not going to be buried with this stuff. Eventually, everything will be sold".
I would say that I took a conscious step back from collecting in about 2012. My daughter was now eight, I had a new found excitement for my career of choice by quitting the old job and finding one that I love to this day. I sold most of my bikes. I only have two BMX bikes left: '84 Race Tech and '81 Minigoose I built for my daughter. I sold the bikes to raise money to do other things - point blank. The funds from the sales have helped our family bond and grow, so in my eyes, selling the bikes was a wise choice.
Now, in 2017, nearly 10 years after this thread was posted I have a daughter who will be entering high school next year, a job I love, a wife who is not gone as much for work. They are my focus. They are my passion and hobby. I get ONE opportunity to raise a child, so I can never go back to the amount of time I was spending on searching for bike parts.
Having said that, I still look for bikes/parts quite often. Garage sales, thrift stores, CL. I would like one more project to just pick at on the side of everything else. But to be honest, I have been away for such a long time that I would be worried about getting ripped of all over again by fake/reissue/reproduction stuff. How is that for irony? Talk about coming full circle.
So, yea, I'm still out here in the world. Still love bikes and parts. Still dream of one more project. And I have a crazy amount of respect for the guys who have weathered the past decade better than I have. I love the fact that I still see some of you posting up new bikes!
Now: Who has a pre-serial Pro Racer frame/fork/bars combo they might consider parting with?