I did have a look when I joined the forum but there seemed to be no tradition here of introducing oneself, nor indeed any area obviously set aside in which to comfortably do it. I could tag an intro into this thread though if that's reasonable?
I was born overlooking a mountainous part of Tennessee, which back then was pretty much still a wilderness state rife with patriotic notions.
The varied forestry around my childhood home encouraged a precocious interest in outdoor botany - I recall losing my teddy-bear from my backpack while walking the trails with my parents though I can have been no more than three years old at the time.
I've recently developed political ambitions and have it in mind to one day visit Texas.
Arena, I think I must be getting old and grumpy. Correction, I have always been grumpy.
What makes me rather sad is some of the e-mails I get from graduates working for large establishments. These people have been through about 15 years of education but are unable to spell articulate themselves and as for punctuation, well, you work it out for yourself, I can't be arsed to go through what I have just written seems to be the norm.