Hi. My name is Bill... and I am a GEEK!
As of today, I have been a geek for 36 years, 353 days, 5 hours. Well not quite that long, but I have been a uber-geek since about the 6th or 7th grade. You remember me, right? I was the guy in the glee club (it was termed choir, thankfully, to lessen the amount of beatings by the jocks). I was in the band? remember that too? I played with G.I. Joe (Dutch, Snake-Eyes, Cobra Commander and Destro) and I even had the G.I. Joe Hovercraft (damn that was so cool). I liked Star Wars, but was a huge fan (and still am) of anything Star Trek!
My best friend in Middle School was a guy named Greg Gierke - we played G.I. Joe together. Unfortunately, I never really go into Dungeons and Dragons like some of my other friends. I was introduced to it in the 6th grade and I fell in love right away. Where else could I play a character in a fantastic world of fantasy, rolling dice for the outcome and enjoying good times with my friends. I am still fascinated (to this day) with AD&D, Warhammer, and all sorts of board games. I bought the first edition of World of Warcraft board game - still in it's cellophane wrapping, in my closet! I am awaiting my son's further development to start to understand the wonderful world of RPG's.
But I took my love for gaming in the mid 80's and parlayed it into a love for computers and technology. I am a super Apple Nut and have created for me a job that allows me to play with computers all day long and help companies develop into thriving I.T. organizations. In less than 2 weeks, I turn 37. I have three children, Andrew, Erica and Ryan. I have a cat. I have been happily married for 12 years and love my wife and her family very much. But... I am still a kid inside. I know when I have responsibilities I need to take care of and I know when it is OK to have fun.
I like my life. I like how I was raised. I enjoy the many benefits of having such a blessed experience from God. and... I am a geek!
I just ordered my AD&D 4E set of books (DM, Player's Handbook, vol. 2, Monster Manual and another book) and I may never play, or might not play for a few more years, but I enjoy having them, reading them and being swept away in the nostalgia of my early life. Someday - I will play again and I hope that the experience is fun and memorable.
My son is too young to play, but someday - he will be just right and what adventures we shall have!