I already posted something of an introduction in a couple other "welcome" threads, but somehow, I'm only now noticing this thread, which might have been the most logical one to post in first. I may just end up repeating stuff I've already said, but whatever.
I joined this forum last April, but only started really frequenting this place recently (not coincidentally, coinciding with the release of the teaser trailer for "Into Darkness"). At the pace I'm going, it may be several months before I reach the required number of posts to qualify for an avatar. My motto may as well be the old Lincoln quote about how it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.
I started watching TNG midway through its run when I was about thirteen and was instantly hooked. It wasn't till years later, though, that I realized my earliest exposure to Star Trek may have been a few minutes of TAS when I was very young. I remembered having seen a bit of the episode "The Lorelei Signal," the one in which Kirk and company are captives on a planet of attractive blonde women. But I didn't remember it was a cartoon and so I figured I must have mixed it up in my head with something else when it turned out there was no TOS episode like it. I only mention this because what I saw of that episode both disturbed yet intrigued me, and so it stuck with me all these years until I finally saw it again.
Growing up, I was never very comfortable with the Trekkie label- my dad used to refer to me as such in the annual Christmas letters he'd send out to everybody and their brother, like that was my one big defining characteristic. I never enjoyed the idea of the Christmas letter anyway. It's nobody's business what's going on in my life. That's why I stay away from stuff like facebook and twitter. But I digress.
I'm more fine with calling myself a Trekkie nowadays, though I might be happier with it if I felt I didn't embody certain negative characteristics the general public associates with the term (i.e. I lived at home for way too long into my 20s, I'm very socially inept, etc.) I'm not even good at being social over the interwebs, but joining here was an attempt to rectify that somewhat. Part of me is already thinking it was a mistake to join this forum and that I have nothing useful to contribute. But we'll see how things pan out.