I guess that I'm actually glad that this site 'forced' me to come out of lurk mode. I am an introvert by nature and this shared interest of ours increases that reluctance to open up. My very encouraging SO, however, has recently really helped me to open up (at least a little) so I'm getting more comfortable. I'm so lucky to have her.
On a day-to-day basis I have a reasonably stressful, but quite rewarding, engineering job. There's so many decisions to make; everything must be done perfectly. The relaxation that comes from... well, you understand all that, I'm sure.
Thanks to whomever it is due for putting this community together and maintaining it. I look forward to finding new ways to explore my interests here - there are a lot of clever folks with more experience (and bravery, at least so far!) than I.