I identified with this so much that I had to pull my laptop back out even though I was done for the night. (And when I mean done for the night I mean, away from a pc but still browse using my phone. lol)
Anyway, what can I add besides the fact that I did the most growing up while playing this game. Both in-game play, and the friends I've made have gotten me through the hardest times of my life. I too met my boyfriend in CN. We've been together going on 7 years, and are now engaged to be married. My CN friends helped me pick out a ring (and yes, the One Ring was suggested ). I've watched my friends get married, have babies, their kids get married (not the same friends lol). I've shared in their excitement to graduate high school or college, or retire. I've been there for support during troubling times. I have many phone numbers of friends, and have to say, it's funny to see a text signed "-Lauren (Samwise)". I truly do hope that after CN is completely gone, I work to keep in touch with these people that mean so much to me. Keeping in touch with hubby will be the least difficult though. Haha
But I have wished my CN money was real money, and it has made me truly appreciate the importance of emergency funds. I too read acronyms how they'd be in CN. The church here in town is called "Central Christian Church" so every time I go, I think of the CCC, which fits. lol I found my old CN notebook complete with a print out of my baby nation. I actually remember geeking out and telling my mom about me finally becoming nuclear. I used to actually put post-it notes on the edge of my monitor with reminders such as improvement swapping or tech deals. And I agree that we should be able to add CN things to our resume!
CN truly has become such an integral part of my life, that I know I wouldn't be the same person without it. It's the first thing I do when I wake up, and the last thing I do before I go to bed. Dang Smartphones >.>