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Introduce yourself to Raw Charge, 2014-15 edition

One thing that's sort of disjointed the last few months on Raw Charge s the community aspect of things: we're not really commenting on articles or talking to each other. Lots of people are lurking around though, Lightning fans and general NHL fans.

Maybe some of you are intimidated to say hello, perhaps some of you have been driven into silence. Maybe some of you just don't feel compelled to say a word. Regardless of all that stuff... well, let's just was it all away for a while.

Introduce yourself. Everyone. Say hi, tell people who you are, what you're doing here, how you found the site, how you got into hockey, whatever... Just introduce yourselves to other fans. We're one big family, hockey people (and of course family meetings sometimes come to odds over certain issues - hello data versus observation debaters!) Let's get to know each other; we got a long haul to the end of the season in front of us... You gotta admit it's nice to have company on the trek... It's even better to know that company.

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For the record, I'm the managing general editor, the guy who runs the site. I founded Raw Charge with Cassie McClellan in March 2009. Raw Charge is directly derived from my previous blogging site, Boltsmag... You can find evidence of this in the site archives that go back well beyond 2009. I've been doing this blogging thing for 11 years as of February 2015.

I came to Florida in January 1989; it'd be almost a year later when Tampa / St. Petersburg would be awarded a National Hockey League franchise (which would become the Tampa Bay Lightning). This foreign sport (which I had been exposed to beforehand, when I lived in New York) drew me in during my 'tween and teen years.

I don't think I've ever disclosed this publicly on Raw Charge (and I tend to keep my mouth shut on social media about it too, because it shouldn't matter and yet I feel like I'll be judged for it) but I suffer from the genetic disease Neurofibromatosis Type 2. I lost my natural hearing by way of surgery (brought on by the disease) in December 1997. A lot of people know me now for loving music, and the way I get to enjoy it is through an implanted device. At one point or another, I'd like to start some kind of charity to help raise funds for NF2 in one goal or another - research, support - but I'm really not sure where funding is needed and what organizations are focused on fighting this disease / worth donating to...

That's probably more information than you wanted to know, but I wanted to get things rolling here. The floor is yours, introduce yourselves. Let's get to know each other.

This post was written by a member of the Raw Charge community and does not necessarily represent or express the views or opinions of Raw Charge staff.

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