I just recently moved to Mishawaka (February 2014), although I was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago and spent the last eight years living in Mesa, AZ.
I'm not the sort of person who's overly comfortable tooting my own horn so I had some of my friends try to sum up something about me in one word or phase, good or bad; have known me over thirty years, others I've met more recently, while others had never met me in person but have followed some of the websites I have (or had). Hell, even a couple I'd dated over the years. So here's what they had to say:
Intelligent; Quaiattini (I had to look that one up – hahahaha!); Genuine; Insightful; Baseball; Cubbie; Friend; Prank; Entertaining; Competitive; Headstrong; Honorable; Witty; Well Spoken; Good Kisser; Sweet; Hilariously Sarcastic; Cuddly; Onion (I had to get a bit of clarification of that one seeing it came from my best friend. His reply: “Layers my friend, layers.”); Caring; Savvy; Loyal
I normally spend about half of the month away from home delivering vehicles all across the country; I enjoy meeting folks all over the US and get to see plenty of the sites. Since I'm self employed, I make my own schedule and luckily don't have a boss hovering over my head. I also spend quite a bit of free time working on my website (thegaminggang.com) so I travel to a lot of conventions, conduct interviews, catch a lot of things before the public sees them (like movies, games, comics, etc) and games before they hit the public. I usually host board gaming events at various pubs wherever I might live as a way to introduce a whole world of fun they have no idea exists; when you mention a board game to most people the first things that pop into their heads are usually Monopoly or Risk and those are certainly not the sort of games I cover.
Even though I may be kind of a big kid at heart, that doesn't mean I fluff off on the responsibilities of life. I just happen to be a very social person and like to have fun with friends.
I'm a pretty open and honest sort while I think I'm well grounded in reality for the most part. I consider myself a man and not a guy. There are quite a few boys in the world masquerading as men and that's just not my style. Not to say I'm going to judge other people on how they go about life but some lines from the classic 80's flick 'Say Anything' which stayed with me since I first saw the movie years ago:
D.C.: Lloyd, why do you have to be like this?
Lloyd: 'Cause I'm a guy. I have pride.
Corey: You're not a guy.
Lloyd: I am.
Corey: No. The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy.
What more to say?
I guess my hobbies drop me into that "geek" crowd and, although I have no problem with being part of it, I'm simply not a fan of the word "geek". Hey, maybe it's just me but when I hear the word I always think about the guy who's supposed to be biting off a chicken's head in the freak show...
Not to sound like all I do is work and play games, I love to kick back with a good book (or multitask with an audiobook on the old mp3 player), dig movies of all kinds, hanging out to grab a bite and a brew, and kicking it getting to know people. Some think the art of conversation is dead but I don't; granted there are a few folks out there who think a conversation is just sitting there waiting for someone else to stop talking so they can say something but I still remember it's all about listening and engaging in a bit of verbal back and forth.
Makes me a little old school I suppose?
Since I'd rather not have this intro run novella length, at least I've tossed out a bit about me so I welcome anyone who'd like to say hello to send me a "Howdy." I can't say I'm expecting to find some sort of true love online but I would like to meet new people and friends. I can say I'm a relatively normal person, fairly interesting to get to know, and at least capable of providing a laugh or three.