So i still don't properly play vintage (i.e fully powered), but hoping to within the next year. I am however, ready for the Eternal Central tournament at Eternal Weekend, and as an added bonus it's in my backyard! I'll take this opportunity to respond with "How did you start playing Magic?", instead...
I started playing Magic at the end of Fallen Empires, and right when Ice Age was being released. I recall the Ice Age shortage the first month the set was released, and being on vacation and asking my dad to find a gaming store where I think I paid either $10 or $12 at the time, for a single pack. I was only 14 years old so that was a pretty big investment for me at the time!!
My fondest memories are of playing big 10 to 12 player games every Saturday morning in a place called L&L Sportscards in Kittanning, PA, about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh. We'd play from about 10AM to 4PM, order Pizza, just have a great time. A few guys had Moxes and other older cards, but most of us were slinging Ice Age & Mirage & Tempest for those early years.
I've left the game and came back many times over the years, and have just gotten back into it in the past year. It's amazing how long the game has been a part of my life, and I'm glad I now finally have the income that I can more fully enjoy it and play with some of the cards I never had back then.