This looks to be a great site and I hope you won't mind if I climb aboard too..I've met a few of you over at e-sangha and am glad to find you here. I'm 42, a married father of two, live in central Maryland, have had a casual interest in Buddhism since my teens but began to look into it more seriously a couple of years ago -- after, of all things, finding a dhamma text in the drawer of a hotel where I was staying. Yep, right there with the Gideon's and the Book of Mormon.
Still at an early stage in my practice and study, and haven't yet decided on a tradition to follow -- I'm most interested in Theravada and Zen, though there are aspects to Pure Land which I find appealing as well. Looking forward to the sutta study group and, in general, some lively discussions.