I've only been here since 2009 when I was on a different account, but I can remember when 100k seemed like a LOT of gold.
BEEN HERE LONGER THAN YOU AND THAT'S STILL HARD FOR ME TO MAKE.
Don't worry, I still have a bit of trouble making that much gold xD There was just this one time when I was bored and desperate for a new, more expensive avatar so I hung around the Aquarium forum and just played Booty Grab on a bunch of people's tanks and before I knew it I had all this gold... then I kept on buying and selling items and going through all these outfits... and here I am with only 16k left. xd
I noticed as well! It's a nice throwback when Gaia was a little more simple than it is now. I really enjoy the anniversary items, especially the shirts that were given out in '04 I think. I met a lot of fun people during the anniversaries.
The header made me 'splode with glee like a nerdy fan-boy...