As happy as I am to start participating here at Ricochet, my first contribution will be of a rather different nature than I had originally intended. As I am situated in the Tidewater of eastern Virginia, a rather nasty little lady named Irene has necessitated that I evacuate further inland. I have spent the past few days several miles to the west of Williamsburg in rural Charles City, Virginia, where I have been without power, internet, or reliable indoor plumbing, so this little sojourn to a Starbucks has been my first access to internet for a while. We're still in hurricane cleanup mode out here, but I just decided to chime in and let you all know that I do, in fact, exist. I will begin contributing more regularly and more topically when I return to Williamsburg probably sometime early tomorrow afternoon.