I know I'm behind the curve in welcoming you to the team, but
I must correct SassyJay's intimation that I'm a dirty old lurker. I never lurk. I am either here, or not here.
Lately, I've mostly been 'not here'. I was either working very hard at on-scene political stuff, or suffering from S.A.D., or recovering from working on political stuff. This year, uhm, last year I was so wound up in the political scene that I didn't notice when the S.A.D. actually started and it kicked me into the Chronic Depression I've fought for the past 7+ years (it stayed hidden for years after I spent a 13 month vacation in the Southeastern country of Vietnam).
If you get a rash of old topics in your in-box, it will probably be me trying to get caught up so I may regain my title of King Sarcastic. I know that I maintain order and am successful on a few occasions, but with the odds here, I feel great if I win once in every 385 times. I have one a couple of times when some pinhead guy came in and started trying to throw his weight around (pun intended). Neither could handle the heat, so they crawled out of the oven and left with their feathers singed.
I remember that I have scored a couple of points off the ladies on this team, but the cost was so high I can no longer remember exactly when it was or even the subject.
I want to congratulate you on your transition from brat to settled civilian. That's a conversion that takes a great deal of focus and effort.
And one other thing - I have taken on the job of Security Advisor for our team and for some others. I recommend you change your screen name - if your screen name is actually your real name, and you change the information on your SparkPage to something less specific than 'Richmond, Virginia'. I haven't tried to scry your photos, but it is possible to find out where the photos were taken - there is a day/date/location function on camera's that are tied to your GPS function, and it gives your location in latitude and longitude.
I'm not trying to scare you, just trying to help make you safer on the Internet. There is a lot of stuff they don't tell you when you start using an Internet account - try Googling yourself and see what you can find on the 'net.