Your grand entrance is very welcome on two counts.
Of course, we welcome any new members... but additionally, after a little recent board politics (yawn), we've also decided to restore an old favourite thread right here in Misc - a Welcome All Newbies pinned thread at the top of the board.
Because you're the first person to post a "hi there, I'm new" thread since we agreed to this... yours is the thread that's going to get pinned to kick it off. Consider it our welcome present to you!
Folks - this thread is yours to welcome new members, and for new posters here to say hi to us all! Enjoy!