Hello to all. My name is Casey but I always go by the handle "finnegan" in online forums. The nickname is the result of a practical joke from a Canadian friend who managed to keep her secret from me for many, many years, but I actually like the nickname and it stuck. Anyone who hails from Canada will probably make the connection, but for those who haven't spent any time there, think Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans. Or maybe Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop or Mr. Rogers and Bob Dog or King Friday would be a better comparison. In any event, I have an ecclectic background having been a farm kid, college basketball player, Alaskan crab fisherman, 911 dispatcher, cop, government contractor in Kosovo and Afghanistan, business owner, failed business owner, unemployed cancer husband and finally, aspiring writer. I have always loved to write, particularly opinion pieces and blogging about my experiences in whatever far-flung corner of the world I found myself in. My wife has beaten cancer and graduated medical school and is about to accept a Physician Assistant job in St. Croix. I'm thinking I'll tag along! I have several ideas I'd like to run by some of the experienced writers here and I will hope to get some good guidance. Hopefully I can avoid getting political on these boards so I can avoid ticking some of you good folks right off! Thank-you for allowing me to join your community. I will be posting a question straight away in the Suggestions and Feedback section and will look forward to some fun banter! Cheers!