I'm Richard. I live in SW Missouri. Work for a company out of St. Louis. I travel quite a bit. I'm kind of torn about giving free advice, but at the same time I feel I can now give advice if I choose to, unlike some other sites.
Welcome --and I do hope you consider helping with "free" advice! I have done so for many years. I guess it's a form of "karma" in my case. I've been personally helped both in my personal and professional life thanks to web forums (all free) and just feel it's my duty to return the favor. I also hear 'ya on the time sucking factor! I've actually left another rather large online forum just to spend my time here (mainly because I'm getting out of the computer business and need another place to spend my time working my brain --and remodeling my home)!!