So, who am I?
There is a great deal of speculation that I am some person (or persons) who has been here before, or is here now, or has some sort of reputation as a trouble-maker! Whatever!
I'm not. I signed up here less than two weeks ago. My first foray into online chess. In fact, I had my first game against a human opponent in over 30 years when I got wiped off the board by a nice man named "AaronGo"! You know what? I had fun playing Aaron. We have another friendly (unrated game) going right now.
I freely admit that joining was a trip-through-time for me. It was like Austin Powers waking from his cryo-sleep. And it was culture shock.
To those who think I am somebody's "sock puppet," sorry to disappoint you, dears. I can banter with the best of you, but I have decided to just ignore you. Hope you don't mind.
You will find that I am not particularly feminine - never have been. I tend to be direct and speak my mind. But I am told that I have a wicked sense of humor. Humor, I believe, helps defuse tension. I suppose I am a product of my environment during the turbulent 1960s and 70s.
With that said, if you are up for a game or two, feel free to challenge me. Unrated games are fine. No more than three days per turn works for me. When I get up to speed, I might wade into more rapid timed games - I am still a little shakey and unsure of myself now.
I have been invited by and joined a few teams, and am participating is some vote chess. Reminds me, though, of the Groucho Marx quip, "Why would I want to join a club that would have me as a member?" LOLZ
So that's me. If you have a question, and it is not too personal, I would be glad to answer. I am pleased to meet you.
EDIT: The avatar - that's Carmen Miranda, the famous Brazilian samba dancer, singer, and actress of the 1940s and 1950s. I thought it might help break the ice. I am, in some topics, referred to as the "fruit lady"!
(Image courtesy Susan Polgar)