I check my emails several times a day, and anytime a forum post shows up, I light up. As much as I would sometimes like not to like him so much, willing a crush away just doesn't work
, so I've given up that thought. For everyone who posts tweets, articles, and tidbits, a HUGE 'THANK YOU!. ' I always feel like I should respond with a 'Thank You' because I truly mean it, but I feel that others will be taking the time to open an email only to read my thank you, and I feel guilty for taking their time. But don't for a second think that your efforts aren't appreciated. I love each tweet, blog post, article, and photo of Rachel and/or Daniel.
My thoughts are that Daniel's life has evolved. I don't think acting is his primary driver now; I think his private life is. His success has provided him with such a choice. He's not acting around the clock; hence, we see less of him. I am truly sorry for the non-US fans who won't be able to make the trek to see him in Betrayal, but I completely understand. It's WAY too expensive and time consuming. As much as I want to see him, I'm not looking forward to the cost (these tickets are going to be HOT and EXPENSIVE) and the time. It will likely be a fly in and fly out for me.
As for getting together, I think it's really fun to get together on a local level. Maybe an England day, a German day, something like that. tboss and I get together from time to time, but Caramel's crush is a secret from her family, so we don't get together despite living about 15 miles apart. Family is way more important than Daniel or getting together with forum friends, so I completely understand. We are all lucky to have this place to hang out. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but I think when activity was the highest, there was a combination of the recession being the worst and Daniel's life being the busiest. Some of us were unemployed or with less work on our hands, which allowed more time on the forum. The economy has picked up, and a lot of us are busier than before with added pressure to KEEP those jobs. But it doesn't mean our interest has dropped. Just less time.