Currently, I'm training for Blackthorn gym (Gym no. 8). I really enjoy playing SS, mainly because every trainer is a pushover. I don't know if I'm training harder, or the levels are just lower, but I defeat every trainer I come across. I've only been beaten once, by my Rival. But Clair is a step up, and she is the only gym I've actually had to train for. My top Pokemon (Feraligtr) is only Lv. 38, and her top Pokemon (Kingdra) is 41. My Weepinbell is only Lv. 29, so some training is in order for that alone.
I picked SS because I prefer Lugia to Ho-Oh, same as you. Unfortunately though, I wanted Kyogre but I'm stuck with Groudon.
I haven't really been in contact with many members. Only Cosmar, I think. Arceus Master, Sheer Cold, Cain Nightroad and the rest have vanished without a trace. I have seen Cain posting, though.
Waaaaaay too long. I'm doing okay, just playing SS at the moment. How are you? The LA died, some noob made a new one, that died, and now there isn't one, so nobody from the old really talks anymore. I sometimes think about restarting it, but I'm not very organised...
Based on reading your most recent posts I have concluded that you must be a great battler, if so, could you please join this site, its called the Official Insane Trainers Forum.
The forum is based on the social group here on Serebii, which is the group with the highest post count compared to every other group. They could really use good battlers.