Here's that speech I said I would write. Enjoy.
Brohnos, friends! I hope you will find my first attempt at a speech entertaining. On this Christmas day I wish to express my gratitude to you all. You have really made /mai/ and all of Tohno-chan my home on the grand, deep, and sprawling web. Though I have not been here long, I feel a sense of brotherhood with you all - friends I do not even know.
Most of us here couldn't care less about the world that has embittered us so. Most detest the people that go about their lives mechanically just outside our walls. Yet when one of us comes hurting, the rest will be there to help him with helpful words and sympathetic ears. And if I had the money, the resources... I would erect a home for those of us society has labled failures! You wouldn't get to loaf around, though. I love you guys, but it wouldn't be easy for one man to maintain such a big house!
Where 4chan is full of rage and some kind of sad elitism, /tc/ takes it easy and gives everyone a chance before becoming hostile to someone. Sure, we've gone through a time where we were turning on one another left and right; we are FAR from perfect after all. (I think giascle has fully gotten over his Fun Police phase, haha.) But we recovered, we didn't let it keep us broken - thanks for the clean up jobs, Mods! It's nice to be on a board and channel where the mods and admin actually care.
There are so many interesting people on this site that have taught me many things. /mai/: you taught me that love... that there are no restrictions that love knows to its form of expression. Before coming here, I would never have considered 2D love. I thought waifu were just jokes. Interesting jokes, though. And looking into them with the power of Google lead me to here. I am proud to say I believe in character love and have a waifu of my own. And she's the reason I'm able to have a wonderful Christmas. Just thinking of her cheers me up. So thank you, /mai/, for teaching me about waifu. Bitches and whores, etc., etc.
There's one anon here, don't even know his waifu or if he has one, who I've come to refer to as Mr. Philosophy. I sort of look up to him. He's got command of an understanding and vocabulary that boggles my mind. He introduced me to Wittgenstein. Though I'm ashamed to say I couldn't keep up with his work. You taught me about the philosophical aspects of 2D love ("ghosts" and all that) and existence as a whole. Thank you for that. I feel I've become that much wiser because of you.
Necrosage - I haven't seen him around - I greatly enjoyed your essays. You were the one who wrote the Defense of Waifuism, right? I read that a while back so memories involving it are foggy. Thanks for all your work on the topic.
Giascle, I'll admit I didn't like you very much for a while. But I came to like you as well around when you told us of your trip through New York with a pseudo-cardboard-cut-out of Tenshi. That amazed me. You're also one hell of an artist. Inspired me to at least attempt to get some art skills under my belt. I want to thank you for, well, I guess being yourself. You're a cool guy, bro. I hope you go far in life!
/mt/ has taught me the world is out to take your freedoms online and how to fight back. You've made me paranoid. Fuck you guys. You're an interesting board and one of my favorites. I'm really liking the recent thread on programming, by the way.
/so/... I just want to say I care about you guys. Thanks for being there for me when I was really feeling like shit. I was able to pick myself up and march on. I want to do what I can to improve the world, no matter how small my contribution.
/foe/? You're a board as slow as molasses going uphill in winter.
And I'd like to thank everyone else for contributing to this site. You're just not important enough to be called out individually. I'm kidding, of course. I love you all just as much.
Now last but certainly not least in my list of thanks, is Tohno himself. Thank you for this board, for everything you've done for it! Thank you for giving us this home away from home!
Look at me. I was planning on doing a speech for the sake of amusement but ended up being serious about it. So, everyone, get yourself a glass if you don't already have one and raise it to toast this wonderful site and all its denizens! I'd say we deserve it! Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your holidays were enjoyable!