I started with the MMDL back in 1984 but actually "wasted" the first year by only playing league nights on Tuesday and local pick up games on the weekends. I found out about Matts Villa through some friends and that was a whole new world. I couldn't beleive so many people got together just to play darts. Having 30 people show up was considered a slow night. If there was a tournament that weekend you'd still see 20 people on a Friday night. The mix of shooters was incredible. New shooters actually wanted to play the best in the area to learn from them. We didn't have internet then, Facebook might have been considered to involve dermatology, and just having a pager made you one of the cool people. Despite all that "primative" lack of technology though, we somehow managed to communicate. In fact we actually talked to each other. How many people even remember their best friend's phone number anymore? We had so many events through the league, LOD's, and regional tournaments that you had to pick and choose what you could go to and which ones you couldn't. That made networking even more important. You might not see your prospective tournament partner for an entire week, maybe two, so meeting at darts was mandatory. People were excited to move up a division, there was a status associated with it, not a stigma. We didn't mind traveling to a match either. Our whole team would hop in the Chevy Suburban and split a case of Bud for the ride down and back. People don't carpool or caravan anymore unless it's a playoff match. I for one miss the comraderie that you'd get from that experience. Discussing stratigies and techniques is an obvious advantage, but just the increase in moral alone should never be understated. Bars nowadays need our business if they expect to stay in business. With fewer players around I think that puts us in the drivers seat for a dart revival. I don't really want to give up my computer, smart phone, or SEWA account anytime soon but I'd go back to the dart heyday of the previous generation in a heartbeat.