Yikes - how do I start this thread............................................

Been a member for a few years and not ashamed to admit I have become addicted to the forums.

Check in at least 4 to 5 times a week.

Don't do Twitter, Facebook and others sites, so I get my fix here. (too old to figure the other sites out),

Don't consider myself a welder but a student as I am still learning the art by watching the videos, photos and posts by the
pros here.

Over the years I have come to know many of the members by name and have learned to search their posts for their
expertise in different areas and techniques.

Plus I get to show other members what silly things I have made over the years.

Wish I had this information 40 years ago when I started "melting metal".
But having said that, what I see now in equipment and technology had most likely not been available then.

Over the years, I have taken several welding classes at my local technical school, and have
found that "hands-on" training and practice is still priceless.

I re-visit my technical school and bring them some titanium scraps and wire for the instructor to let the students use.
Something different from the usual steel, stainless and alum they usually have on hand.
My small way to thank them for allowing me to learn.

I was fortunate to start my work career at a company who had an artist of a welder who inspired me and lit the spark (sorry!)
My first welder was a used Airco Heliwelder II and I used my second paycheck to buy it. (Still have it)

I mainly do TIG as my "mentor" at this first job out of college only did TIG at the company. High tech aerospace pieces.
Tough act to follow but I believe he helped me choose my equipment.
I often wonder what might have happened to me if I had started at another company.

So I wish to express my gratitude to a (minimum) of two groups here:

First and foremost - Miller Electric - without which none of us would have a place to visit,
explore, post expertise and learn from.

Second - All of the members and posters who freely share their expertise and words of wisdom.

I am extremely grateful to Miller Electric for hosting this forum and hope
I can live up to the high standards of the members on it.

Thanks to all !