First of all, the initial idea parameters as quoted by Drew:
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 Bad Wolf did below.
5. Have fun, and LEARN about each other.
Now from the man of the hour:
My name is Brian.
I was born on Edwards Air Force Base on August 22, 1969 as my dad was stationed there during his stint in the service, I'm a Leo although I think I am actually on the cusp between that and Virgo, and as such people stay I do not really show the strong attributes (or downsides) of either and express a little of both.
So yeah, I was born under a fire sign (literally, the day after I was born a contractor made a terminal WHOOPSIE and almost burned the base hospital down!)
My family moved to a small town in Oklahoma named Chouteau when I was about a year old or so, and at the age of six I moved to a slightly larger town in Oklahoma called Claremore.
In school I was the card-carrying nerd, professional loner, and designated weirdo, a certainly different path considering your typical student body in the later part of the 80's in Claremore consisted of a lot of redneck types (and I can say that pretty accurately) with a smattering of other groups thrown in for good measure.
I graduated from a local college with an associates degree in one subject, got my bachelors two years later in a completely different major once i discovered my brain tries to self-destruct when presented with any math problem tougher than algebra...LOL I work security dispatch on the graveyard shift where I live.
I'm a geek and proud, spending most of my time on the computer, with friends, watching movies, reading, drawing, or gaming. I started gaming back in about 1980 or so, and have been at it for about 30 years, having started with science fiction roleplaying games like traveller, star frontier, and gamma world - although I played dungeons and dragons like any right-thinking geek, the games I ran were primarily science fiction and modern day games like the original top secret. I also play tabletop games like Battletech and Warhammer games.
I draw (*points at the art forum* primarily sketch concept art of the science fiction nature, and primarily mechanical devices and structures ranging from guns and swords to bases and battleships. Some of my sketches are for and have been converted into CGI models for amateur productions and things like some of the Trek fanfilms. I also have been known to scratch out poetry and short stories from time to time (if i ever get to finish some of them, LOL!)
I am a native american mix: with the blood of the Muscogee Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Blackfoot nations in my veins, and am proud of that fact, I attend powwows, and tribal functions as I am able.
Although regged Republican (ducks hurled fruits and vegetables) I tend to vote for whomever I think who can actually do the job without completely malfing it up - easier said than done in this days.
I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, and have attended honor missions for fallen veterans, my family is full of veterans as my dad and both my grandfathers are veterans (though my maternal grandfather has since passed from this world) and my great-uncle is the first native american (as i recall correctly) to be recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor (in part by tossing rocks at the Germans, but thats another story)
Physically: i will be 40 (or 25 for the 15th time) in less than two weeks, I stand six foot six inches tall (my girlfriend is four foot eight) and definately look native american.
In 2007 I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic, and at the time weighed 389 pounds, I now weigh about 300 or so (it bounces up and down)
And yes, I speak with an Okie TWANG! in my voice.
Terribly exciting? Nah, Filled with academicand world-shattering accomplishments? Are you kidding?
But there it is, thats me
So here are a few questions to get the ball rolling:
What is your favorite thing about Oklahoma?
What are your views on spirituality and how have they developed/changed over say the last ten years?
What issue do you most view as a deal breaker when it comes to voting for a president?
K....off we go!