I am 34, brown hair blue eyes, slightly chunky computer nerd.
I was born in philadelphia PA, moved to indiana when I was 4. I liked the area immediately, all the rolling hills and trees. Plenty of room for a kid to run around. When I graduated high school I breifly tried a military career, rapidly realized my uh.. temperment, wasn't right for that. I returned home and tried a few jobs before I gave up on the commercial world and went back to school, a 2 year tech school called RETS. After getting my associates degree, I went to work for a robotics company, that job convinced me to go back to school again. I started at IUS in 1989 and felt at home right away. I got a job at the computer lab almost immediately. In 1991 I met my first girlfreind, karen. She was a lovely woman, and very nice, but I could never feel truly comfortable around her. karen and I broke up early in 94, and I had a couple of very bad months recovering, and fell hard for another girl that made it worse. For a while after THAT I was dating like crazy, I guess trying to prove something, until I met my wife melissa. I couldn't believe how sexy she was at first, and after I got to know her better, I couldn't believe how cool she was. Melissa and I got married in the US virgin islands in june 2001. It was a lovely wedding and our marriage has been great.
As I said on my homepage, I am a dyed in the wool computer geek. I have been geeking professionally for about 12 years now, and started back in 1982 or so on a tandy radio shack 80 model 2 (TRS-80 baby!). One bad thing about being a computer nerd for so long is that a lot of your knowledge goes stale after 3 years. I could write at length about how to write code in such a way as to have what you want but stay inside the 4 kilobyte barrier!
I have a good family, now somewhat larger after getting married to my girlfreind of several years (OK, it took me a while, back off man!) my wife, melissa, and my boy, danny are wonderful additions to my life. After so many years of solitude, I don't know how I was able to get used to them being around me, but I find I cannot do without them now. I have 3 sisters, 4 cool nieces (I really wish I had more time for them), parents, and approximately 200 cats
I think a person is defined by their interests, and mine are many (too many, I sometimes think), quite enough to keep me busy most of the time.
I am a voracious reader, and have many bookshelves filled with books I have already read. Still, I cannot help but spend hours browsing inside large bookstores. When I was little, I spent many, many hours in the new-albany floyd county library. My favorite type of book is "alternate history", followed by military fiction and science fiction.
I like good movies of any era, princess bride, maltese falcon, casablanca, major leagues, rocky (only the first one, except for a guilty liking of rocky 3, Mr t. was SO cool as a villain) shawshank redemption, etc.
I also like to game a lot, wargames mostly, though monopoly and such are still fun. My favorite game is "Starfleet Battles" a board game of starship combat in the star-trek universe. It is VERY tacticaly rich, but at the cost of large rules, which makes it difficult to get other gamers interested. AOG's fleet action game is good, and WW2 miniature gaming is also fun.
I like to workout and be outdoors, which makes skiing a perfect activity for me. I usually go around 10-15 times a season to Paoli peaks, a small "local" hill about an hour away. over the last 5 years, I have typically gone once a year to a more serious hill, usually snowshoe WV, but I've been to vail, beavercreek, steamboat and jackson hole.