I have been really trying my damnedest to read and catch up on One Piece, especially after I heard about the time skip. Man, I love time skips! I was reading it a while back but got bored with the Alabasta Arc. I kinda felt the individual arcs just more or less played out the same way. But I have really been into since I started back and it is nice to see Oda really developing as a mangaka over the years. I am on the Impel Down Arc, Luffy has gathered his little prisoner crew on the Sixth floor and about to head back up after Ace. Its getting good.
BTW: The Shabondy Archopeligo has been my favorite part so far and I cant wait to read more about these "rookies:.