Howdy. I'm Forty Rod, a 65 year old, retired financial advisor, and published novelist. I am a long-time member of SASS and an avid reader and researcher of the history of our country. I have been married to the same very patient woman for over 42 years and have two children and a grandson...an an adopted "son", a dog named Peanut. Hobbies are pre-1900 guns and history, friends, eating, and (now that I'm thoroughly retired from a "real" job) working on my black belt in Gu Foff. I probably won't contibute much here because I'm an 'eater', not a 'cooker', but I'm always on the prowl for good recipes that even I can make without destoying the kitchen, cookware, or ingredients..