Howdy everyone! I guess it's customary to give a little info about yourself so here goes...Count me as another newb joining from behind the Cheddar Curtain in Wisconsin. I was a longtime member of another forum and was brought out of my shell so to speak by the fiction section they had. I looked into the whole preparedness thing just in time to be hit by 4 hurricanes in Florida in one summer (the crazy 2004 season) and I have never looked back. As a way to express my lessons learned and ideas for the future, I began writing Alea Jacta Est and after many years of posting chapters and interacting with readers, finally had a whole story ready. Then, and I mean, literally hours after I said to myself "I'm done! I gotta go tell the guys..." that section of the site was just gone. I understood that the site was the personal property of one man and it was his decision to do what he did, but I didn't like it. I really didn't like the fact that no one seemed to be talking about it or upset about it. Whenever I tried to find out what happened, the response was something like a hushed warning to not mention it and forget it ever existed. That atmosphere sent warning bells off in my head. After they unceremoniously terminated the fiction section I just hung up my hat on the whole thing and walked away. I had noticed a growing elitist-like snobbery and trend towards everything firearms for a while but had shrugged it off. While I appreciate and love guns as much as the next red-blooded American, if I wanted talk about them all the time I'd have joined a gun forum. Losing the fiction section was the last straw. So I took a break. A few years later, here I am, stumbling across this great site and loving what I'm seeing! It's like I've stepped back in time to the beginning of my journey in preparedness, when I first joined at the other site and everything was a learning adventure. Everything was new to me and exciting to read and learn and discuss. I can't wait to get back that feeling and dive in!! Anyway, after that long ramble, I just wanted to try and express how excited I am to have found this place!