Greetings to all. I just joined and must say that I’m damned glad to be here and to have the opportunity to commune with like-minded others. A real quick snapshot bio:47-year old, divorced, ex-Army, life-long atheist.* No kids, but a cat.* I am currently back in school, attending Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO, for the purpose of obtaining a computer science degree and a new career.* My ex-wife is from Ankara, Turkey; we were married for a bit over 5 years, and are still close, good friends. The divorce was an unfortunate outcome of what we consider to be the unmitigated disaster known as the Bush presidency and the accompanying 8 years. I elaborate thusly…Fatma and I married in early 2001, neither one of us having received the memo on what was coming down the pike later that year. I had just taken a job as the caretaker of the Denver Scottish Rite Masonic Building, which came with a nice apartment on the premises. Fatma and I promptly took up residence, believing the future to be relatively secure. I tell myself and anybody that will listen that I thought that to be a realistic assumption due to the fact that I HAD been a member of the Masonic fraternity or some 11 years at that point, and was fairly advanced in standing and renown in several states.* So, shite happened, and thanks to the Bush-era BS societal malfunction better known as runaway Islamophobia, in 2003 I found myself out of a job, suddenly without friends and struggling to support a wife who took it all, on balance, better than I did. Nonetheless, subsequent to all this and more*, I suffered a breakdown and subsequently, our divorce. There followed a brief period where things were kinda touch-and-go for me, and now here I am in the present, halfway through an associate’s, aiming to continue on to a bachelor’s, and rinse-spin-repeat as long as the economy dictates it necessary. So, that out of the way, I look forward to getting to know as many of you as time and circumstances permit!* “Life-long” means since the age of sentience, for me being about 12.* Fatma (aka Fatosh) and I consider our cat, Mithras, our baby. * I have a couple MS Office certs, and am studying computer networking. Learning is fun! ; )* I am cursed with a seeming near-eidetic memory, and travelled a lot in Freemasonry thanks to my uncanny ability to deliver pages-long speeches by memory. Not forgetting = not fun. : (* Further details can/might be provided upon request.