Well, it's been a little over a week & chess.com has seemingly satisfied my thirst when it comes to chess. I haven't been on FICS at all.
There is a lot to this site in regards to being a player's favorite site for chess activities & I might even be a paying supporter one of these days. I like the ability to do correspondence AND the live blitz games - despite the lag & occasional disconnects. Except one disconnect occurred & it somehow registered a loss for me (WTF!?!).