I never really went away. I got a PC in 1996, but never stopped following the Amiga scene nor did I ever get rid of my Amiga.. Actually I started to accumulate more after I bought the PC, before that it was just me and the A500. :-)
The end of the 90s was a fine time for Amiga related activities. High end gear could be had really cheap, when people were finally giving up and getting rid of their machines.