Hey there gang. Just writing a quick note to thank you for making July one of our best months ever at NerdAppropriate.com. Despite being scattered unto the winds we managed to produce four podcasts (thanks Scott), conducted a bum load of interviews, ran an incredibly fun community game night, and Matt, Hilary, and myself even managed to provide a wee bit of Comic-Con coverage out in San Diego. So how the heck do we top July? August! *Explosion Noise*
We’ve been meaning to update the “About” section of our site since December, but real life has kept us very busy! The rest of NA’s profiles will be updated … well.. when they’re updated. Enjoy!
I’ve always been a nerd… always. Oddly, I grew up on Sanibel Island (a small Island off the coast of Florida). Most people assume that if you live there you’re a millionaire or something, but we lived on a dirt road and had a pretty average life. The great thing about Sanibel was the fact that I had my own video rental card and would ride my bike down to our local video store, Pick-A-Flic, on a daily basis. The owner apparently had no qualms with renting terrible films to kids, and it was there that I fell in love with movies. Week after week, I’d find change in my grandfather’s favorite chair (I found out later in life he’d purposely put it there for me.. thanks gramps) and would use those precious coins to rent whatever movie had the craziest box. I saw hundreds of films over the years this way; from Return of the Living Dead, to Killer Clowns from Outer Space. Seeing so many films as kid made me a lover of all movies, especially the terrible ones. Why did my parents allow this? They had no clue! Although on one occasion, my mother savagely smashed our only VCR rather than let me finish watching The Toxic Avenger. “How much for a kid on a Bicycle?” About 75 bucks…
Like most of you, I grew up with a controller in my hand. My thumbs and are strong enough to break bones and shatter skulls. I could probably be a thumb-assassin, if such a thing existed. Video games have always been a huge part of my life, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be who I am without them. When I was five, I remember getting my first system, the Atari 2600. I think I’ve played video games in some capacity almost every day since then.
Fast forward a few decades. I started off going to school for journalism and then went for film. I learned a lot, but I was also too dumb at that point in my life to really utilize the knowledge. Sure, I worked on commercials and made a few of my own shorts, but things didn’t really pan out. Do I regret not “making it”? Not really. In retrospect it all worked out!
So what now? I went back to school and became a social science teacher. I currently teach A.P. World History at a local high school and work on Nerd Appropriate in my off time. I have an awesome wife, a couple dogs, an average home, and I still play video games and watch crappy movies every chance I can get.
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