Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I am a geek, and I like it!

Hi.  My name is Bill... and I am a GEEK!

(Hi, Bill)

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!


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