Greetings everybody. I'll give you a quick SITREP on me. I am 56-years old. I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. Joined the USMC right after high school when I was 18 and never looked back. I served in my beloved Corps for 31 years. I've now been retired for about six years. My family is my life. I have 3 children. I have twin daughters who are 35 and a son whose 33. My one daughter is a high school English teacher whose married and has 2 kids. My other daughter is a stay-at-home mom whose married and has 4 children. My son is married and has 2 kids. He followed his old man and joined the Corps. He's been in for 15 years and is currently in his third tour in Afghanistan. I was married for 28 years to my first wife. She passed away in 2001. 5 years ago I met a beautiful and amazing woman by chance whose 20 years my junior (36). She's from Russia but has lived in the states since her early 20s. We just got married on 9/11 last year. The wedding and reception was great. We had an incredible honeymoon. I sold my baseball card collection and we went to Hawaii, Tokyo, Brussels and Rome. One of the best months of my life. Despite being 56, me and my wife are going to adopt a brother/sister pair hopefully sometime this year. She's always wanted children and we decided to go with adoption. Hopefully we'll have 2 new additions to our home by this Thanksgiving. I have many interests and hobbies but my absolute passion is distance and long range shooting. I've competed in over 30 major and minor tournaments. I currently fill my time reading history, working out, watching sports, listening to music, writing and watching news channels. I am blunt, often speaking my mind for better or for worse. I am an avid reader. Some of my favorite books are Shogun, Atlas Shrugged, Ender's Game, D'Artagnan Romances trilogy, Grapes of Wrath, The Alienist, A Passage To India, Rogue Warrior, Marine Sniper - 93 Confirmed Kills, The Art of War, The Prince, Gravity's Rainbow, The Adventures of Augie March, The Old Man and the Sea, Call It Sleep and many, many, many more. I love to write. Have wrote 2 novels (unpublished). The first was a PI/noir-style novel. The second was a sci-fi genre. I write for my enjoyment. It's a great feeling to create a world and people from scratch. Currently I am in the early research and planning stages of my third. It's going to be a trilogy. It's a gangster genre based in Boston involving Italian, Irish and Russian crime families. My all-time favorite author is Edgar Allen Poe. The Raven is my favorite poem. Shogun by James Clavell is my favorite novel ever written. I'm happy to be here and look forward to getting to know everyone. Semper Fi.