Just a simple, average sorta guy. Came to the US as a kid, have been playing and having fun ever since. Got into electronics early on, pivoted to computers when I saw everything getting chipped/commoditized. Served a hitch in the US army - infantryman, turbine engine mechanic, military intelligence... a bit of this and that, sort of a preview of how the rest of my life has gone. Worked at a everything and anything - low-level grunt in construction, senior technician at the millimeter-wave shop at Hughes Aircraft, taxi/limo driver, marine diesel and electronics repairman, efficiency expert, professional instructor - actually, that one stuck; it's a thread that runs through the rest of my working life. Programming at first, security and architecture added on after that, Big Data (everything from ETL to high-level system design and programming) in the recent times. While all that was going on, I took some time out to bum around the Caribbean. When the job market crashed around 1993, I bought a cheap sailboat with the last of my money and took off for places unknown. In a sense, I never came back: my independent streak, never less than a mile wide to start with, has grown so broad that the only work I'm suited for is where I am the key decision-maker, and stand or fall on my own. Fortunately, between consulting and teaching, the world seems quite happy to provide me with quite a good living, and leaves me plenty of time and energy for doing everything I want to do - which, these days, is trading. Over the past year or so, I've fallen in - let's call it "quite strong like" - with trading. Not because of illusions of millions of dollars raining down on me within the next five minutes, or pictures of private jets... I'm honestly not that excited by those things. The thing that does excite me, very much, is the match between my abilities/desires and trading: it is the closest thing I have yet found to my need to stand on my own, to rise and fall by my own decisions and abilities. I've spent a bit of time (OK, a couple of days) being bitter about not having run into it when I was younger - dammit! I needed all those life lessons then! - but have settled down to just enjoying the hell out of it now. Yes, losses included... because they teach plenty of lessons of their own (many more than wins do.) Up until now, I've been keeping a private log of my trades, but based on an excellent suggestion by @sonoma (which I initially thought would be like boasting about my plain-jane trades, but changed my mind after reviewing other people's journals), I'm starting this one. Items of note: 1) I'm just starting out, and my trades are generally not anything fancy or brilliant. For the most part, they're not about P&L as much as they are learning opportunities for me... although the overall P&L is a pretty good indicator of how I'm doing. Hopefully, it will remain positive as time goes on. 2) The thing that I'm hoping to get really, really good at is risk management. This doesn't just mean using stops on higher-risk trades; it means really, deeply understanding risk - and following the best practices connected with that. That's perhaps the part of trading that really speaks to me more than anything else - and it absolutely does not mean hiding under the bed when risk is in the picture (and it always, always is.) 3) I don't have a whole lot of ego invested here, but I do try my best to manage my time, space, and energy. Positive, useful - even when strongly contrary to my opinions - comments are joyfully and gratefully welcomed; negative idiots and trolls will be ejected without ceremony or any but minor warnings (if I'm feeling generous.) This may well discriminate against folks who are not especially good at expressing themselves, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. Onward.