Aw. sweatdrop That's a shame. I understand about outdated computers, though; mine's running Windows XP, and we just tripled its RAM (to a whopping 3gigs. xd ) this week.
If you're interested in hanging out with other adult Gaians, I can recommend the Over 30 & Gaian guild and the Awesome Mature Gaians guild. 3nodding
There has been some progress in the manga (about one page a week, but you've been gone long enough for it to have piled up satisfactorily). The gold shop updates seem small these days compared to the glut of Cash Shop offerings, but we do still get one (or two if they're small) update per month or so, so you should find plenty of new styles. I see that you're already revelling in the new Paws base; the Paws forum in Hot Topics is accessible only to Paws, so be sure to poke your head in and say "hi" there if you are interested in contacting a friendly and generous subset of Gaia users. EIs have really slowed down; I miss those epic storylines.
Anyway, all that is to say Welcome Back~! It's nice to see you around again.