Hi Gus & everyone. I guess that I do have a fairly obscure handle, so here's the story behind it: First a little background. More than 35 years ago, the last month of high school, I was in a car accident. Since that time I have been a paraplegic. I don't mention it much for a couple of reasons. First, because I try not to let it interfere with my life any more than I possibly can. I don't want (in fact I can't stand) pity. I take care of myself, I have from the very beginning. I've lived and traveled all over the country, and feel that I have had a fairly rich life. This brings me to my namesake, Pitchwife. I don't know how many of you read Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but I chose my handle after reading the dual trilogy by Steven Donaldson The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. In The One Tree, of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, there is a race of giants who travel the seas in ships made from solid granite. The ships are built and repaired by artisans known as pitchwives, who make the stone pliable, to be shaped and then hardened again. This particular ship's pitchwife is a very deformed man who, nonetheless, is married to the captain of the ship, a very powerful and desirable woman, and he is a valued member of the crew. At one point he says, "A woman...looks upon a cripple with pity and kindness, perhaps, and with friendship, but not desire." While some may take this as a negative statement, I understood what he really meant. If you are crippled, it is from self pity, not from any physical condition, that the only way that you can truly be crippled is in your own mind. I have never thought of myself like that but had never heard it put into words quite as elequantly, and so, after reading that passage, I became Pitchwife.