I recently mentioned to a new-found friend and fellow Carpenters' aficionado that "Carpenters' fans have to be wonderful people." That has been my firm belief all along. And this thesis, if you will, has made me question whether a typical Carpenters' fan fits a certain profile. Many fans who grew up with their music are now of a certain age, yet younger fans have also found K&R to be similarly "groovy." People tend to pigeon-hole fans of other music genres, such as rap, metal, New Age, and hard rock. Does it not take a certain type of person to appreciate "soft rock?" Is there not a certain sensitivity for one to appreciate the angelic beauty of Karen's voice? Many have listed the Carpenters as a "guilty pleasure" or referred to themselves as "closeted" fans. Does it not require a certain indignation for one to value and treasure the Carpenters and their music in the face of so many who treat the Carpenters with disdain? Must we all be "nerds?" I would assume a certain type of fan would seek out this website and participate in these discussions. And these discussions, many times supportive, other rare times antagonistic, keep us interested in the continuing dialogue. In that vein, I offer my sincerest public apologies to Jeff (djn) and Moderator Harry for an occasion or two when I might have offended (but honestly, without intending to do so). So for anyone interested in such psychological exploration, does a typical Carpenters' fan fit a certain profile? I would gladly and greatly appreciate any feedback. But maybe, just maybe, it's my nerdy, sensitive, indignant nature that compels me to ask these questions... Thanks for your indulgence with this lengthy post.