This isn't a welcome thread since I'm not introducing myself, yet I am asking you to introduce yourself to me. So often I come to a place like this and I get the feeling that everyone is coming in and out and never really connecting with anyone else. For instance, I'll typically come in and type something without really thinking about it and then I'll cast aside any responses they don't suit my mood or answer a direct question. So many people come here and yet I know none of you. So please, take the time to tell me who you are and what you're doing here. And please, don't give me the typical, knee-jerk responses. I want to feel like I'm sitting next to you in a moment of silence and able, finally, to see you for who you are, how you relate to me, and both of our places in reality. Can you do that? I know that I'm probably being a bit hypocritical since I'm, once again, likely going to tune out all but a specific flavor of response... But understand that this is who I am, an organized mess of cogent contradictions.