As I look across the great hall, I smile at the seats surrounding the vast table. Carved into each is the name of some noble knight or lady whose friendship and participation in the affairs of the realm have meant so much in the past year.
As I look to one seat, I see the name of Merry (the Contrary), the most prolific commenter in the realm..... not only carved but gilded with gold leaf and adorned with putti......
Another special seat, with a princess crown and a special refrigerated compartment for Halo ice cream underneath is adorned with the name of my Ana (the Monster).
Newcomer Fondles who visits us from foreign realms, has commented very frequently as well. I am not sure, but I think her seat has a vibrating double plug mounted on it. (No wonder she always seems so happy at our gatherings!)
Other gracious and reliable commenters include Tomy, whose seat has a dedication to Aunt Kay carved into the back. The Glenmore, whose seat is cushioned in tartan, has doodles all around. And the knights Archedone, Joe, Dave, Darren Reddened, Downunder Don, Richard, iruser, smuccatelli, Carl H, Hands63al all have respected seats encircled as well.
Periodically we hear from Nickki, Hermione, Lea, Red, StrictJulie. Strap51, Anna, Goldielocks, & Mr.Bill, who have seats at the ready but that may need a little dusting and polishing. Hopefully soon.
And certain seats that have had many laurels of praise strewn upon them in the past are now sadly vacant, their residents missing (and missed). Hopefully they are just presumably on quests and will return soon? Their carved names read: Shilo, Crimson Kid, & Subhub in PHX.
A few other knights errant have visited the hall in 2017 as well…..but have chosen not to remain. Alas our company is not for everyone.
As I stand and look at this great roster, I feel compelled to raise my tankard in honor of this assembly and feel privileged to have had the company of such fine individuals at my table during 2017……...and I look forward to another year of robust discussion and tales of great (kinky) deeds. As I leave, I summon my herald and instruct him to once again send out invitations to all those who wish to earn a seat for themselves to don their armor and take up their swords……..or just leave a comment now and then.
And "Hail!" to all that do and have.