Hello UKMix. Many of you remember me from the decade plus I posted here. I have decided to return.
Most here didn't know (a few who knew me closely did) but for the past 18 months my father's health took a sharp turn for the worse and I stepped up and became his caretaker because I didn't want to see him go to the home. One of the main reasons I quit the forum when I did was because with work and my relationship (and we're still together, almost eight years in May) as well as me taking care of my father, I didn't have time to argue over whether (x) slayed more than (y) and the sort.
My father passed away on the 10th after two hellish weeks in the hospital where his body simply couldn't take the pain anymore and no longer had fight in him. His kidneys shut down, as did his heart, he had pneumonia and his COPD was actually the least of his problems. It was the worst two weeks of my life, even harder on me than when my mother died. Luckily music has been one of the few things keeping me strong through all of this. 2017 was actually my biggest concert year to date, as I saw U2/Beck, Lady Gaga, Guns N Roses and quite a few others, music was something I could take comfort in when the rest of my world was falling apart, and now that this is behind me, I felt like this is as good a time as any to come back to the world of UKMix.