I am the left-handed, asthmatic, illegitimate son of a coal miner’s daughter, born 53 years ago and jaundiced, and hospitalized at least once every year throughout my childhood. As a child I discovered things like comic books, movies, video games, books, and gaming and realized years later they were all forms of escape from a pretty fucked up childhood that still haunts and shapes me a half-century later.
I joined the internet in 1996, having just finished a MA in English Lit at age 31 and with absolutely no idea what I was going to do for the rest of my life; I had managed to turn my protracted college career into yet another form of hiding from the Real World. But sometime between the undergrad and grad years I’d discovered PC gaming, and taught myself how the machines that brought me so much joy actually worked. This naturally led me into an IT career that has now lasted for over 20 years. Today I work for the Air Force’s research labs and help run over a dozen networks as one of the main admins of my org, a level of responsibility I’d spent decades of my earlier life assiduously avoiding.
I’ve been with my wife since 1989. We met through a mutual friend and for whatever reason she took a shine to me and for months showed up at my work, my apartment, talking my ear off and absorbing my sagely advice (I was 24, she 19) on college, dating, life, etc. She eventually lost patience with my denseness and asked me out. So on June 2nd, a Fri night, I picked her up as she was getting off from work at her waitressing job to take her to a pizzeria inside a building with a log cabin facade on the north side of town. We didn’t see each other the next day, but have been together ever since. Today we have two kids, no pets, a nice house (our only debt), some good neighbors, and a few close friends. An ironic situation for a person who spent a lonely boyhood vowing to never marry or have children. Yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. I saved her from her family; she saved me from myself.
I joined Qt3 around 2002, having learned of it from a Usenet mention. I currently have installed on my system Vermintide 2, Shadow of War, Titanfall 2, Grim Dawn, Xcom 2, Battlefield 1, For Honor, Prey (2017), Total War: Warhammer 1, Diablo 3, and the Pillars of Eternity: Deadfire beta. I spend too much time on social media arguing politics and too little time reading and relaxing. I’m semi-literate in both Middle and modern English, love hiking, walks in the rain and on beaches, puppies, good food, and good music. I’m a child of the 70s and will duel to the death anyone who dares deny that decade as the zenith of American culture.