Welcome back!!!! And on a personal note, what's with your screen name??? I hope it's not what I think it is because if it is, I'm sure you're wrong. You're special because you are a knitter!
Okay, now, I was too taught english, but have switched to continental. I'm a 'combined purler'. It just sort of happened that way. I do like the continental way of knitting because it is faster IMO. It took a couple of weeks for me.
Glad you came back :D