I use the dark green recolor script from the wonderful @Captain Harrie. That was the default skin when I joined, back when the header was Twilight Princess themed and there was a link for Zelda ringtones at the top of the page. I never ended up with any of those ringtones. And now I haven't had my phone off of silent for going on 3 years, thanks to my smartwatch.
I remember ZU when I kept ending up here after searching zelda stuff.
I remember finally getting a forum account (my first one ever) in 06 and making way too many threads that were already done like the excited, wondrous, and spoiled little only child gamer I was.
I remember when I found so many nerdy kids just like me and refreshing my browser over and over, excited to see a new unread post, reply, or message. Pouring over the forum topics in between.
I remember seeing everyone's cool sigs and art, learning what a sig was, and being so excited when someone made one for me.
I remember making my own little simple signature bars.
I remember so many users watching out for me when I got easily emotional.
I remember being obsessed with being in a goddess clan and having clan vs. clan threads (apparently that's a din thing to be competitive?)
I remember posting a bit less variety, but messaging a few friends a ton on here every day for hours.
I remember thinking it was so thrilling and sneaky to post at school.
I remember a little less, and things seeming a little low.
I remember posting and gravitating towards many negative subjects, but also self help posts and replies to others with like issues
I remember nothing except one friend I kept talking to on here, only logged in for that.
I remember drifting away from him as well.
I remember a great deal of familiar pain and emptiness and less ZU, no ZU.
I remember ZU again and the incredible nostalgic wave of looking back on my old posts from 06 in 2011. How I would come back, start over but yet live through it again. I remember that lasting that week...I remember no reconnections with familiar friends.
I remember a great deal of familiar pain and darkness.
I remember ZU when I came back only to read as many of my old posts as I could without falling asleep. Like trying to tap into a dream or memory.
I remember ZU when I came back once again, to make another post after so many years. I remember once again looking at the echos of 2006 LP Soldier and his friends from online.
I remember ZU when it wasn't just an echo, when I wasn't a ghost watching a younger ghost. When it was so exciting, new, and thrilling to see that new notification.
I remember ZU when it was a part of my life and of me, because it still is.
If you actually read through that, thank you very much. I get that its pretty dramatic, but I always was. This is just a gaming site for a Nintendo series, but it really did mean so much to me. This was the last thing I remember truly enjoying with the "innocence of a child"; I think that's the Spirit Temple quote. It's so surreal. I wish I knew if any of my friends back then felt that too. I can't find much of any of them after so long.
"Hi, I'm new here, BIG zelda fan."
"Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow. However, that parting need not last forever... Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time... That is up to you."