I've been a lurker in this forum for some time now, but I realized I never got around to actually introducing myself.
My name is Oded Marom, I'm a graduate student living in LA. I found out about the Shire Society after I started an academic research into the FSP, and learned about the forum when I visited Keene last summer.
I am originally from Israel, and I moved to the US with my wife for school. We used to live in Chicago, and for the foreseeable future we'll probably stay in SoCal, at least until I graduate. I do try to make a habit of visiting NH at least twice a year, and I already made plans to visit the shire in June, after PorcFest.
I'm interested in activism, and building sustainable communities, both as an academic and as a personal ideology.