As I began to explain in chapter one, I was born in western Maryland, but I cannot say that I grew up there. I grew up all up and down the east coast of America, being a child of divorce, I was shipped around between my parents all my young life. My parents are decent people, and I wish to express my sincerest apologies to both of them if any of my expressed thoughts here hurt or disappoint them. However, I must admit to my view of things as they occurred in my life, and if I view things objectively, and remain factual in my disclosure, then no hard feelings should surface. At least I hope not. If in the event my disclosures hurt anyone in my family, I can only say that I love the person that I am, and if it weren't for the influences, good and bad, that my family has had in my life, I would not be the person I am. So for all of my experiences I am grateful. I would not in fact, change a thing.