I think this is a great idea, Stephanie. It'd be cool if people could cut-and-paste their intros from the separate threads into this single thread.
I'm J.D. and I run this place! You probably already know too much about me, but just to summarize:
I'm 38, live outside of Portland, OR with my wife (Kris) and four cats. We own an old farmhouse (circa 1900) on 3/5ths of an acre. All of the big lots around us are being subdivided, but we plan to live in our old place until we die. (The house reminds me of the one from that George Bailey buys in It's a Wonderful Life
— the thing is poorly insulated.) We're hobby gardeners. We'd love to raise all
of our own food, but who has the time?
I work for the family business, which manufactures boxes. I take care of the sales end of things. My brother (Jethro on these forums) handles production. My goal, though, is to go part-time by next March, and then to quit to write full-time by my 40th birthday in 2009.
My hobbies include science fiction, comic books, computers, and other traditionally geeky pastimes. Lately I've been hooked on the Nintendo Wii!
I look forward to fostering these forums. Once they're running, I'm hoping that a couple of volunteer moderators (as yet to volunteer) can keep things running while I focus on the blog. We'll see what happens!