Welcome Mike, and sorry about the link thing, but as you've been told, we have a few rules to follow to keep it fair.. I'd like to have a silly link in my signature just to my little shooting sub-forum, but we were asked by management to keep the links in signatures out, and that included moderators..
Anyway, get a few more posts in and you'll be able to toss up photos.. Another hassle with the photo thing, but that's to combat spammers which were a really bad problem a while back..
So, again, welcome!! We have a good time here and while the few rules we have are sometimes a hassle, they're mostly meant just to make it easy on everyone..