Here are the rules which should typically be appended to the new thread:
1. The current OTer of the Week chooses the next OTer of the week and starts a thread in their honor.
2. That person's week in the spotlight runs from Monday to Sunday, after which a new OTotW takes over.
3. To keep this interesting please choose someone with whom you typically disagree here on OT, and also someone you don't know well. We'd hate to see it get clubby.
4. Current OTotW should set about picking a successor within a few days in case the search for a new OTotW takes awhile. And also so that person can prepare and write a brief bio like this week's OTer of the week did below.
5. Have fun, and LEARN about each other.
My name is Barry, and I live in Miami, FL. Done so my whole life. I have also been a scifi fan my entire life, starting with STAR TREK. I also greatly enjoy horror and fantasy. I will be 31 yeasr old at the end of this June. I am a huge classic rock fan... pretty much the only music I listen to, really. Anything from the 60s up until the early-mid 90s... after that, I feel that music, rock in particular, has just turned to utter garbage.
I greatly enjoy classic black and white movies. I certainly have not seen all there is, but I welcome any and all chances at viewing those classics. I find there is something more magical with black and white versus color... particularly with horror, it gives a greater sense of actually being there, and can be quite menacing with the way they used shadow and light.
Speaking of my mom, my family. Quite literally, she is the last one left. I do have relatives throughout the country, but they are not really FAMILY. My family was really only 3 people... mom, nana and pops. I am an only child. Nana and pops were my grandparents from my mom's side... I was particularly close to nana. Her and I were a team in every regard... in fact, that is how I learned how to cook, by helping her out in the kitchen at an early age. She was diabetic, and had a LOT of other health issues. She later got to the point, because of diabetes and various other issues, that she could barely get from her chair in the living room to the bathroom. I did my best to help her as much as I could every day. I gave her a promise many years ago that as long as she was alive, I would be by her side, no matter what. I make it a point of personal pride that I have never broken my word to anyone. Even though people these days seem to not value a sense of integrity, I like to think that is one of the things I hold most dear. I lost nana a week before Thanksgiving in 2005, and for a long time, I felt like it was my fault that I wasn't good enough to keep her alive longer. But I later came to finally realize that no one lives forever, a fact I knew years ago, as I lost pops to lung cancer when I was a senior in high school... he was the closest thing to a father that I ever had.
I also consider honesty to be a very valued commodity, as I am honest with everyone. I prefer to be that way, and it has gotten me in trouble from time to time, because I sometimes have no diplomatic skills whatsoever. I also prefer people to be honest with me, especially if I come off the wrong way or offend someone, because sometimes I do that without realizing it. This way, I can prevent it from happening again.
I also have the reputation to a number of people, including a bsg forum that I have been part of for years, as someone called "Factoid Man". I have a vast memory of scifi/horror/fantasy series... I have entire episodes and entire series all but entirely memorized. A walking encyclopedia of scifi knowledge, one of my friends called me. I take pride in being able to answer any and all questions about anything in that realm.
I also collect dvd box sets of scifi/horror/fantasy series. I currently have 452 sets containing over 7,300 episodes and 100 movies across 146 different series. And it continues to grow...
I go to DragonCon every year for the last 4 years. So if anyone goes there, look for me!
I am a pretty open person, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask, and I'll answer!