Doc is out of MREIT's, and is devoting himself to his blog. I think Onion sold out of MREIT's also [I think], and is around but a lot less. I was posting during the glory days of this board, but a lot less now as I am currently out of MREIT's also. Taymere is on other boards. I think Porkus died ... he last talked about his declining health, then disappeared about 1 1/2 years ago. Flightnurse is devoted to her restaurant and web site. Haven't seen Jim around for a few months. Salty is off having fun. The shorts have hurt this board badly.
I am pretty sure Chopus passed on about that time frame..he said he was "illin "..always liked his commentary ! I stayed in AGNC [ had gotten back in at ~29 ] as I did not have a dividend play in the refiners. I am now stuck until the price comes back. The dividends have been good to me for years but this is the biggest SP tumble I have seen so far that has lasted this long....like you I saw the " grafiti " on the wall but thought I needed the div money until I get SS. I still can't complain about the dividend for now.