I am 39 years old and have worked in the human services field for the last 15 going on 16 years now. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, but have been a "science" geek all of my life. My degree came from a conservative Christian University, and was my first foray into the world of academia as regards religion. I was flabberghasted to learn about the OT and NT from a historical perspective.
I am divorced as of 5 years ago, but have since found a rather accepting female who puts up with my weirdness. She is tall, blond, and rather stacked, and I honestly think she has salvaged me from a life of lonliness and desperation. To top it all off, she's a nurse. Man, does SHE know her anatomy...
We have a stormy kind of relationship. The kind where we love to rib the other for any little thing, and no transgression is EVER forgotten. (You never know when you will need to remember who was driving and made the wrong turn and got us lost for 5 hours.)
Most of it is all in fun though, and I think the kids get a bigger kick out of us "fighting" than we do.
Between the two of us, we have 3 children. They are (Hers) Kris 15 yr old girl/woman/mutant ninja turtle, artsy, craftsy, talks too fast to understand, never sits still, and drives ya nuts. Jess (Mine) the 13 yr old/girl/woman/mutant whose world totally revolves around her cell phone complete with 19,000 text messages an hour, 14,000 calls, and a friends list on Pogo that would make most of you *boggle*. And finally, there is, "the boy." (Mine) Heh. He's 9 and he's dad's biggest cheerleader, and a bigger, more wonderful nerd you will never find. His whole world is football at recess, anything animated with superpowers or kung fu, the Marx Brothers, and currently, "Shaun of the Dead" from which he endlessly quotes lines.
I found Beliefnet by accident, and met Godlesspagan there, who ultimately introduced me to ODN, and I have been a steady member every since.
I read. A lot. I have my father's apparent genetic mutation of being a vast repository of useless information. I prefer fantasy/science fiction, but in a pinch I'll read the ingredients on the back of a cereal box. I have been known to keep "emergency reading material" in the trunk of the car. (Ssshhh. It'll be our secret.)
I listen to very little music, though I do like Norah Jones quite a bit. I watch 3-4 TV shows a week. These are: House, Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted, and primarily the occasional show on TLC, History, or NGC. (Damn, I am so dull now.)
*A little known fact* I carried a towel for over a year in memory of Douglas Adams.
Overall, I lead a fairly dull life and I am content with it for the most part. Like most, I could use more money, more vacation time, and less stress, but hey, it all works out I guess.
I have 4-5 good friends, and 1-2 that I could actually call to hide the body, so to speak. Together we are a strange mix indeed.
A social worker.
A dock worker.
And the other guy who does something with concrete pipes for a private company. (He has a company vehicle and makes more money than I do, but I have no idea what it is he actually does...)
I used to play D&D, and yes I still have most of my old stuff. I also used to do live action role playing and that was a blast. I have been a member of a Renaissance Quartet, apparently I sing tenor ( who knew ) and do okay at it, though I don't see those folks much anymore.
More so than most, I probably fulfill the biggest NERD slot on ODN. But hey, I'm okay with that.
I love to debate, and I sometimes wish we could have a spot where debate happened, but we didn't have to be quite so careful of the language and so on. The current one seems too geared for venting than debate. To each his own, I suppose.
I suppose those are the high points such as they are. Fairly normal, fairly boring, but ultimately not a bad place to be...if you're me.
For the record, I think ODN is a great place to hang out, and even though I have my differences with some of you, I'd still buy you a beer if you came to my town.
Biggest celebrity I ever met: Stephen King.
Second: Robert Bloch
Third: Hank Williams Jr.