I'm referring to my actual back, as in spine, although I am back in actions as well. The last time I was active here was around November of 2012, at that time I was working to improve this site and restore it to it's former activity levels. There were several offers for donations and other assistance, but I was forced to step away from the virtual world, shamefully without any notice to the good membership. Unfortunately, I have repeated this cycle for the past few years, so much so I've rightfully earned the title "Ghost GröFaZ". I now feel need to push aside my natural tendency for privacy and detail why I have been in and out of action. I need to come clean. A few years back I began having severe leg pain, it affected my ability to move, sit, and sleep. As my back never hurt, only me legs did, it took several doctor visits to determine the cause of my trouble was a degenerative disc and arthritic vertebrae. By mid 2011, I was using a cane and unable to sit at all. My computer at work sat on an elevated platform where I would stand. To sleep I was using powerful narcotic painkillers which provided their own flavour of difficulties. Any surgery terrifies me, especially invasive procedures where my spine is opened up, as such my doctors and I came up with a plan to treat the problem with the least invasive procedure likely to be of help. By November of 2012 I had been subjected to three medical procedures, without any significant improvement. At that time, I had a rather serious bout where in addition to the normal excruciating pain, I lost some bladder malfunctions and the loss of use of my left leg. I was rushed into my 4th surgical procedure, where I was subjected to a rebuild of my lower back (see image below). The recovery was an agonizingly slow, painful process, but I'm happy to say that I am today writing this message sitting (yes sitting!) at my home computer. My cane is still by the door, but I only use her rarely these days. Today, I am a mere shadow of the active person I used to be, but I can walk, sit, have no need for painkillers, and I start physical therapy early in March. The good members here have shown me a great deal of support and loyalty, despite not knowing any of this. My appreciation for your participation & contributions is immeasurable, a sincere thanks to you all. I hope you will continue to support this great place, especially knowing that I am now able to be a real admin, not just the unknown, absent guy who pays the domain registration, & hosting fees. I'd also like to give a truly boisterous, rousing salute to Jeff "Slipdigit" Rogers. He was the one entrusted with the day-to-day grind of being the true admin here, while dealing with an admin that would rarely answer his emails or phone, and all the while protecting my rigid requests for privacy. He was the only person here who knew fully what was going on with me. Jeff you are a true gentleman, every single member here owes you a debt of gratitude. Thanks you so much for keeping this place on it's feet. I sincerely could not have done it without you. View attachment 18465 Here is an x-ray of the hardware in my spine. For the medically inclined, the problem is between my L5/S1 vertebrae. The metalwork is clearly visible, what doesn't show up very well on this image is the plastic "cage" placed between my vertebrae to shore up the non-existent disc. The small white specs visible between the screws is that "cage." Well now, I feel much better getting that out in the open. I'm off to walk the dogs.