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My self-summary
Greetings Fellow Humanoids, I'm Brandon. Gear Head and Roving Jack of Many a Mechanical Trade at your service. I was born in the wrong time period, and in the wrong country (I belong 110-20 years ago in Victorian/Edwardian Era England). For this reason I'm known affectionately as "The Eccentric Engineer" or "Steamboy" by most of my friends, for those of you who have seen the movie. Other nicknames include Cogs, Cogsy, and Steams. I'll answer to any of those :P.
What I’m doing with my life
Primarily as my Day Job I'm a Fire Apparatus Mechanic, I make sure Fire Engines are ready to go at a moment's notice and I'm always on call in case one breaks down. Aside from that, my life consists of operating, restoring, maintaining, repairing and preserving all kinds of Old Iron, whether it be steam driven (primarily), gasoline, or diesel and is either a stationary engine, a locomotive, a ship, an automobile or a truck (mostly of the firefighting variety), antiquated heavy equipment in general pretty much. I'm a jack of all trades in everything mechanical.
I’m really good at
Making People Laugh, Finishing other people's sentences, Cooking, Writing (short stories, etc), Debating, Inventing, Designing, Building, Fixing and Operating machinery.
The first things people usually notice about me
Depends on the mood I'm in... usually my Nerdiness and my endless supply of useless or useful information depending on who you are. I have Asperger's syndrome so it kinda sticks out like a sore thumb, but I've been told nerdiness is cute.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Prepare for an overload of useless information! As far as food goes, I'll never turn down a Cheesburger, Hot Dogs, Ribs, Steak, or Pizza. Then of course there's all the sweet stuff. I absolutely HATE Vegetables, the only one I'll eat is a Potato. Yea, yea, I know I'll probably die of a heart attack by 30 or 40 but I'm gonna die of something, and If I kick it at 40 or 50 I'll likely dodge cancer (hopefully), though diabetes is always a possibility too. Long story short, I'm living it up with all the tasty stuff that's horrible for you while I can. Though I never really got the point of smoking or drinking, or drugs for that matter. All 3 end up making you feel like shit in the long run, and they're a waste of money. All for what? Next Topic! Books: The Complete Sherlock Holmes Stories (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Atomic Awakening, Atomic Accidents, The Story of George Stephenson, IT, The Shining, Christine, Any Clive Cussler Novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Anything Horror, Mystery, or Machine/Steam Engine/Fire Engine/Automobile related (too many else to list). Movies: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Steam Boy, The Polar Express, John Carpenter's Christine, The China Syndrome, Emperor of the North, The Train, Von Ryan's Express, The African Queen, The Manhattan Project, VIRUS, Backdraft, Ladder 49, The Towering Inferno, The Sand Pebbles, Go to Blazes, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies, The Great Race, Back to the Future 1,2, and 3 (3's my favorite because it has Sierra Railway #3 in it), Grease, American Graffiti, The Blob (with Steve McQueen), My Fair Lady (with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn), Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Brave Little Toaster, The Original Herbie the Love Bug series (NOT the one with Lindsay Lohan! Herbie Rides Again is my Favorite), The Aviator, Titanic, The Green Mile, Matewan, October Sky, The Shining (Not The Retarded Stanley Kubrick version, that douche can kiss my ass. It was King's Story! King's was done much better, classier, better storyline, and included the Old Boiler!) , Jekyll and Hyde (with Michael Cain), The Prestige, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, and pretty much any decent Horror Movie and Mystery/Supense Movie, etc. Shows: Emergency!, Adam-12, Chips, The A-Team, Mythbusters, House M.D., Frasier, Cheers, Southpark, Futurama, Family Guy, Tosh. O, Trailer Park Boys, The Simpsons, Squidbillies, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head, American Dad, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Oh Doctor Beeching!, You rang M'lord?, Hi-de-Hi!, The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals (or Hal Roach and his Rascals during the silent film era), W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle, Keystone Cops, Modern Marvels, Overhaulin', American Chopper, Chasing Classic Cars, Mecum Auto Auctions, Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, The First 48, Dad's Army, Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, Top Cat, Wacky Races, Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, etc. Music: Bluegrass, Country, Doo-Wop, Swing, Big-Band, Jazz (Dixieland being my favorite sub-genre), Classical, pretty much anything from the 1980's back to the beginning of time. I HATE Rap, Pop, Hip-Hop, and most modern music. Don't even mention Lady Gaga or Katy Perry in my presence or I'll throw up. My kind of music comes from a time when "50 cent" was 2 quarters of an American Dollar, and you could buy two gallons of LEADED NON-ETHANOL GASOLINE with it, an "Eminem" was a little round piece of sugar coated chocolate with an M stamped in the center made by Hershey, Hip-Hop was something a bunny or a Kangaroo did to get around, Pop was the nickname for a flavored carbonated beverage better known today as "Soda", and Cars were actually made of Steel! If you drive a prius or a smart car, we are not a match. My favorite Musicians are Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Boxcar Willie, Conway Twitty, The Glen Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Ray Anthony, Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, The Dovells, Dion and the Belmonts, The Temptations, The Supremes, Fats Domino, The Beatles (and anything Paul McCartney afterwards), Thurston Harris, Little Richard, Martha and the Vendellas, The Chords, The Chordettes, The Isley Brothers, Perry Como, Freddy Cannon, The Left Banke, The Cyrkle, Pink Floyd, Lou Christie, Buddy Holly, etc. and pretty much anything old (Classical, to the 1910's thorough the 40's and 50's, on up to the 70's, 80's and SOME of the 90's. Pretty much the more modern/contemporary the music is, the less likely I am to enjoy it.
Six things I could never do without
Steam Engines, Fire Engines/Antique Cars, Tools, My Books, My Laptop, and My Truck.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My Hobby and Passion, What I'll be doing at work the next day, New Innovative Designs of Steam Engines and Associated Apparatus, Inventions, Industrial History, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
It ranges rather widely really, more recently I've been regularly going to Rocks and Waterworks Pub on Fridays, but if not, I would be reading my Books, On my laptop, Going out to Dinner, Watching a Movie, in Barnes and Noble, Working on my Engines, at a Model Engineering, Train, or Engine show/club meeting, at an Antique Car/Truck show, or on an Adventure! I Enjoy Urban Exploration quite a bit.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Admitting something private seems counter-intuitive.....
You should message me if
You're inquisitive and can carry on an intelligent conversation.
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