Well, here I go again! I've signed up for this site and hope to meet kind and generous people. I've done that before and met many of said kind, and also a few of other kinds. I wanna get started on the right foot, so I need to say few things about where I'm goin' and where I been. Where I've been is around the block. I'm kinda an old fart, so I've seen lots -- more than I wanted to. I don't adhere to any dogmas and have disdain for such things. I'm open minded, but this allows others to put things in my head that weren't necessarily asked for. Please refrain from doing that. In other words, unless I ask for criticism of my writing, don't offer it. Ratings are welcomed, however, good, bad, or in between, and I'm always open to discussion, and thoroughly enjoy those, but please don't correct my grammar. That's just plain rude if it ain't asked for. Where I'm going is undecided. I don't read much fiction, so I won't be writing much of that. I read non-fiction, and generally the subject is historical or biographical. Therefore, most of what I write are essays. I like to expound rhetorically, right or wrong, serious or otherwise. I aim to entertain mostly, but at the same time, I hope to make you think. If you're not thinkin', I'm certain that'll show immediately, and I hope that I can jump start your brain for ya when it's needed. I like to bend the rules a little too. I'm very fond of colloquialisms and sometimes I'll use 'is' instead of 'are', or 'thems' or 'theys' in place of 'those' or 'these'. Please don't correct those. But I promise you I'll never confuse there, they're, and their. I just hate it when I see those kind of mistakes. There just ain't no excuse for those kinds of mistakes. I used to be a technical writer and wrote for Huge Aircrash Company, so when pressed, I know how to use the english language properly. But I don't like to be pressed, just like a pig or a turkey into lunch meat. I'm retired. I have little to prove. And I won't fit in any pigeon hole that you make for me. Don't be thinking I'm a rube though I may act the part. I'm just having fun. I hope you are too. One thing I can say that may sum it all up: Don't take it too seriously. There's the right way, the wrong way, and your way. Do what feels most comfortable and live. Don't sweat it, live it. Now, like I said, I hope I meet many a delightful person here, maybe even someone special that I can settle down with. You'll find that I'm generous with praise, have good manners, and always wash behind my ears. If you're like-minded, I'm sure we'll get along just fine. Now where's the refreshments? I need some punch and cookies, and I'd even go for some celery stuffed with Cheese-Whiz! This is the welcoming room, right? So where's the goodies?