The incomparable Natty Bumppo suggest this might be a good time to have another Introduce Yourself open thread. We have lots of new members since the original introduce yourself open thread in summer 2009, started by VATigersFan. And some of us simply failed to introduce ourselves.
So, I'll get us kicked off. I'm RedBirdie, your rink pledge drive coordinator, an unofficial but immensely gratifying position. I'm a DC "townie" who became hooked on hockey just as the trap was coming into style, and will unabashedly admit that, like Alex Semin, I'm a lover of "pretty hockey." I spent 6 years sorta-kinda near Duluth for college and a couple extra years, and still keep my eye on the Wild and WCHA college hockey. I moved back to DC just in time for the lockout to end, and the only game I made it to that first season was Caps vs. Penguins. Which was also my first NHL game, since my parents would never take us to hockey (luckily, I've since shown them the light and we do family bonding at hockey games). Japers' Rink is addicting because of the great staff here who churns out quality content, and a huge, witty, and caring community of fellow Capitals fans who I am proud to call my friends.
Outside of the Rink, I am a former gymnast who now teaches trampoline classes as TSNY-DC while I search for a job that challenges me intellectually and creatively, while still allowing time for my Rink commenting habit. I married a Red Wings fan, Mr. B, who has a very nice tin foil hat; fortunately, he also enjoys the Caps, so he's got that going for him.