What I’m interested in learning, primarily, is how did you get yourself aware of the existence of the SDMB, and the Straight Dope in general?
For me, I was cruising the humor shelves at the bookstore at Pealridge Center in about 1989 (for something humorous and enlightening to read, ya pervs), when I came upon a book called The Straight Dope (A Compendium of Human Knowledge). I picked it up, devoured it in a couple of days, and went looking for more the following week. I found it in More of The Straight Dope. Both volumes traveled with me as I ended my Naval sojourn and returned to civilian life. I used them as both light reading and reference guides.
One evening in 1999, while driving home from work, I turned on the Mr. KABC show on the radio, and was surprised to hear Mr. KABC mention to his guest an interview he had once had with Cecil Adams. Immediately, I called the station, blew off the guest, and inquired about it. Mr. KABC was kind enough to tell me about the Straight Dope website. I didn’t have internet access at home at the time, so I dejectedly resigned myself to not learning much more about the phenomenon that is the Straight Dope. When we obtained our first Earthlink account later that year, I immediately corrected that deficiency.
Now, for some reason, I do not think of my experience as being typical. I have the sense that most people who become aware of the existence of The Straight Dope do so by encountering the feature in their local alternative press (what I self-deprecatingly refer to as “commie rags”). Because of this, I also have the sense that the SDMB membership’s left-leaning tendencies are wholly to be expected (right-wingers, by my expectations do not tend to pick up and read commie rags, much less become fans of their featured columns). In point of fact, the presence on this Board of as many conservative posters as we do have strikes me as anomalous.
So, all you Reagan-lovin’ tighty-righties, how did you manage to find us here?
Everyone’s introduction stories are welcome, of course, although I can’t help thinking that it’s been done before. I’d really like to learn about the conservatives.