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So, who are you?

Asked by LBM (893points) June 29th, 2016

Just thought it would be good to briefly describe yourself, for me, and for any other newbie that joins around this time.

I am female, 37, live in England. I live with my boyfriend. I work part time as a Receptionist. I like being at home. I have no children and no pets, though I would absolutely love a puppy or a kitten.

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Winter_Pariah's avatar

I’m a male at 25 years of age. I’ve been on and off of fluther since late 2009/ early 2010 and have had two prior accounts (Winters and King_Pariah). Gave about two years of my life to the US Army until unnoticed TBI from a training accident and some rather miserable side effects saw me discharged. In college now as a junior majoring in psychology with a focus on gerontology.

Seek's avatar

Ooh! Fun!

I’m 30, female, nerdy, married with one awesome, brilliant kid and a stupid but adorable dog. I’m a liberal atheist living in the hell that is central Florida.

I like books and coffee.

Coloma's avatar

Oh, I just asked you to tell us more in your question about ” What kind of clothes do you wear?” never mind, haha

Lets see, I am 56, female, heterosexual and have one daughter age 28, that I love dearly. I have been divorced for 13 years and was married forever before that and am very content being single.
I have been a hippie-ish, country girl for years ( I like to call myself bohemian ) and have lived on rural properties forever.
I am a former Interior design asst. and home stager.

I was wiped out in the great recession here in the U.S. and lost it all in 2013 and it’s been a rocky road but now I have now landed on a new lovely property and am working as a pet and house sitter which suits me just fine as I enjoy my solitude inspite of being an extroverted type as well. I am of a good nature, good humor quite creative. I love nature, animals and my space. I am also a fairly liberal atheist.

Cruiser's avatar

56 married father of 2 handsome really tall young men. Own my own adhesives and coatings manufacturing company. Love to garden, cook, take pictures, pottery, guitar and music in general. I love swimming and anything to do in, on or under water.

ragingloli's avatar

Ever since first man has walked this Earth I have been here,
To whisper seeds of doubt and evil thoughts into his ear.
I am the Beast, the outcast angel, fallen from on high.
I go by many names, by there is one you can’t deny:

My name is Satan!
Hi, everybody!
Ahh, let me tell you a little about myself…

My friends all call me Old Scratch, and I am a Capricorn.
My turn-ons are romantic walks and killing the unborn.
I’ve got little devil horns, and a little goatee,
And little devil eyes to help a little devil see,
And little cloven hooves make it kinda hard to ski,
I’m Satan!
Woo hoo!

My real name is Beelzebub, but you can call me Beelz.
I love to watch Fox News and then go club some baby seals.
Then I’ll take a bubble bath and drink a Zinfandel,
Try to wash off that baby seal smell,
And then I’ll make a toast to me:
Hey, here’s to my hell…...th
My name is Satan!
Ah haa!

And if I want to eat your soul, I’ll just throw it on a griddle,
Don’t need to make a deal, I don’t need to tell a riddle,
And fuck Charlie Daniels, I don’t care if he can fiddle,
I’m Satan.

dxs's avatar

20, turning 21 soon. Male. Aspiring teacher who just left working fast food to pursue a few good teaching opportunities. I’m in college part-time right now. I was born and raised in New England and I currently live in Boston. I like math.

chyna's avatar

I’m a 58 year old woman, divorced with a spoiled boxer. I have been here since 2008.
I live in WV which has just had major flooding in most counties. I was very fortunate that my little house didn’t flood.

LornaLove's avatar

I’m a 53 year old female how time goes by! I have really changed my life over the last few years. At 50 I, for various reasons, decided to move country and also change my occupation. I’ve been studying, which is not easy for a Bipolar sufferer with other issues. However, I do it bit by bit, day by day, or some days not at all.
I live with my doting boyfriend, who has the kindest heart on earth and the patience of a Saint.

I’ve been many people in my life and have done many things. I am wondering what adventures the 50’s still have in store for me.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

My screen name tells you 2 true bits of information about me.

I’m gay, and I have 3 children from a previous marriage to a woman who is now happily married to another woman. I’m in the market for a husband. If you hear of any good deals on a slightly used model with one previous owner who likes to bake, let me know.

ragingloli's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake
How do you get “gay” and “3 children” from your screen name?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@ragingloli You’re not reading between the lines.

johnpowell's avatar

Everyone in Hawaii is gay and everyone named Jake has three kids.

That or the carriage return was important.

ucme's avatar

My name is Alan, i’m 49 in a long term (24yr) relationship, my son is 20 & my daughter 16
I like pointing at geese, licking windows & honking tits <PARP>
I keep fit by running 3 miles every day & regularly work out with weights/sit ups/press ups
I have one “pet” his name is Carstairs & he serves me well

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I’m 31, agnostic with atheist leanings, and a native Oregonian who is extremely liberal. No kids, some cats (I’m a huge animal lover and can’t turn strays away), and I help my sister raise my adopted niece. I’m creative and I love DIY projects, art (I draw, paint and make digital art) and I’m a massive introvert, but still really friendly. I’m cynical and I think human beings (as a species, overall) suck, but I still love life in general and I have insatiable curiosity. I also love to read and I love spending time in nature.

NerdyKeith's avatar

Hello! I’m Keith, 31 years old from Dublin Ireland. I’m a gay, humanist, deist (I know a lot of labels, I try to condense them most of the time haha).

I’ve no boyfriend at the moment but on the lookout. I’m a part time retail worker, part time volunteer for a charity assisting those with Aspergers, a part time YouTuber and a wanna be writer.

Aster's avatar

I’m a senior , won’t tell my age because it’s sickening, but I’m chronologically over sixty ! Married, tall, 2 bichons, 2 daughters, one is married with 2 kids; one is divorced with one son. I’m a voracious reader and tv viewer, love autobiographies and TCM, and Smithsonian channels. I have major interests in alternative medicine, Facebook, stocks, UFO’s and quartz crystals, Mostly a loner after my s/o’s accident and moving from my dream hime in Arkansas due to that. People think UFO followers are crazy which is fine with me. Have anxiety and mild depression issues and they’re both well deserved.

Seek's avatar

if I were a boy and single I would totally date @NerdyKeith

kritiper's avatar

I’m the guy your mother DIDN’T warn you about!

Coloma's avatar

I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker….lol

Mimishu1995's avatar

A mafioso. Can’t you see my avatar? ~

Serious response: I’m a 21-year-old female, college student, still parasitizing living with my parents. I’m currently study language pedagogy, but right now I’m on my long vacation after my finals, so I have lots of time to spend here. I’m also an avid rare item collector.

I’m pretty weird, at least for people around me: I act more like a male, I have swimging mood, I think trends are stupid, I don’t care much for my look, I like unpopular ideas, I have crush for fictional character… The reason why I joined and stayed for so long is because I can’t fit in with people around me and this place provide me with a shelter. I have an ability to adapt very well, but I still want to be myself.

I have an obsession for film-noir and the mafia (did I tell you I’m weird?) I can’t seem to find anyone who share the same interest. I mostly keep my interest to myself. I’m also a bit too old and cynical for a 21-year-old another reason why I can’t fit in. I like talking with mature and thoughtful people who can share their knowledge and experience and have an interesting talk with me. I hope you are the one :)

Mariah's avatar

Hi! I’m 24 and my name isn’t Mariah. My name is Rachel. I’m a software engineer, except I got laid off a month ago, but I’m starting a new development job next week. I’m into bird-watching, fish-keeping, and math. When I have motivation, which I often don’t, I try to write or paint or otherwise spend my time in creative ways.

One thing you’ll probably see me talk about a lot here is having Crohn’s disease, just because it has had an enormous impact on my life. My health is OK these days but ages 14–20 it was really really rough. I had my colon removed in 2011 and was a Fluther member at the time and the people around here actually gave me a huge amount of support through the whole 15 month long process, which is something I appreciate so much.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

No. We’re all named Kimo, and we give birth like dolphins.

jca's avatar

I’m a single mother of a sweet daughter, and also living in the house are four cats, two red eared slider turtles in a tank, two aquatic frogs and some fish in another tank, one Beta fish in another tank and one mouse in another tank. I work full time for the government, advocating for employees with disciplinary issues (to sum it up without being too specific).

I have a bunch of interests but not a whole lot of free time. My favorite thing to do now that the weather is nice is just laying on the deck, under the umbrella, with a book and a glass of water.

I live in a rural area about an hour away from a major American city in the northeast.

Aethelwine's avatar

A girl has no name.

cookieman's avatar

I am a 45-year old husband and father. Born, raised and living in Boston, MA (US). My wife is my best friend and the most amazing person I have ever known. We adopted our daughter from China when she was one. She is thirteen now and is all around wonderful.

I’m a big geek. Been reading comic books since I was twelve. Love all sorts of music too.

Professionally, I’m a graphic designer, photographer, and writer. I’m also a professor of graphic design and digital media. Been teaching college for sixteen years.

And I really love chocolate chip cookies.

YARNLADY's avatar

Click on my name below and read my public profile.

cookieman's avatar

^ She’s the motherf¥€£!#@ YARNLADY goddammit!!

johnpowell's avatar

38 year old that had his wisdom teeth removed when he was 21 with money borrowed from his aunt since he was making 4.25 a hour and he couldn’t afford the 1K+ it cost.

I have never driven a car while eating fast food because I have never had my license. When I was 16 I was technically a sponsored skateboarder that was paid in shoes and pants from a place that made most of their income from selling bongs.

I was legally allowed to drink before I graduated high school. And that wasn’t because I lived in the UK. I was just really fucking lazy.

I lived in Utah for a few months in a small town where I pretty much spent all my time trying to slam dunk a basketball. I did eventually succeed but it was years later. This goes back to the skateboarding thing. I spent years of my life learning how to jump. Really.. There is a lot of technique in jumping.

And to finish things off. I am going to get pissed off right about now.

My mom has type 2 diabetes. And has had it for about a decade. She turns to shit with out insulin. First thing that makes me want to punch things. The doctor who originally said she needs it said it was around 500 a month so she never got it since she could in no way afford it. Within the last year a doctor that wasn’t a bag of shit told her that she could get a two months supply at walmart for 25 bucks.

So she has been doing that.. great.

I am currently living in her backyard. So tonight I walk in the house and Kurt says that my mom is out of insulin and can’t afford more. And he asks if I can swing the 25 bucks. I’m somewhat pissed that this that even had to be a question. She bought him Chinese food last night that was well over 25.

So I ran up to Walmart to get the insulin. No prescription or anything needed. It fucking kills me that she she goes without something that is essential so that bag of shit can eat sweet and sour pork and fried rice.

</rant>

At least we are gone in two months.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I’m 40. Live in London and spend my days inserting cameras into people.

Seek's avatar

giggity

Coloma's avatar

@Lightlyseared Oh joy, I am going to meet your ilk in a couple weeks for my 1st colonoscopy, I can hardly wait, oh shit…literally. Sadists, all of you. haha

Soubresaut's avatar

23. Female. Officially graduated college! I’m now knee-deep in a teaching program, and it’s exciting, and I’m increasingly enthused even as I’m increasingly aware of the various challenges that await me… And I thought I was busy last year!

I think of myself as cynical and pessimistic—but I’ve been told by people that I seem pretty calm and positive about most things, and I guess underneath, everything I am.

I’m too passive about some things, and too quick to draw on others. Working on fixing that.

I would like about a week just to sleep. Maybe I’ll feel caught up then.

Among other things, I enjoy running and hiking with my dog, and finding cozy coffee shops that have good selections of green tea. I used to be near two coffee shops that had fantastic and expansive loose leaf tea selections, so I’ve become a bit spoiled.

Once upon a time I danced for hours every day… Sadly, it’s a bit of a long lost love right now.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I’m a 60+, confident, capable, competent, and positive kind of guy. In the news videos, I’m one of the guys you see running toward the noise.
I’m not overweight, am reasonably flexible with none of the usual aches or pains my “classmates” complain about. My BMI is perfect – right in the center of the normal range. That sentence should tell you two things about me: I’m an engineer and a man of many talents. My size and health has enabled me to have a successful business and enjoy the (second) best job in the world.
I had a run-in with prostate cancer 7 years ago but fortunately left it all in a hospital bio-hazard bucket. I’m a lucky guy!
I have a strong tendency to fight for the underdog and the downtrodden – if they are fighting alongside me. I believe in hand ups rather than hand outs. I believe nothing should be free. There should always be a cost, no matter how small, for services rendered. I believe people should be free to make their own choices as long as they accept responsibility and pay the consequences of their actions.

Aethelwine's avatar

honest answer

I’m Janet. Not the janets. I’m 45 and have been married to Blondesjon for 24 years. We have two adult sons and a twelve year old daughter.

My husband joined fluther two weeks after I did in December 2008. It was his idea to use a username similar to mine. Most might think it was the wife’s idea to do this, but nope. We used to use similar avatars when we were most active years ago, like famous couples or things that went together.

Nature and landscape photography is my passion.

I have a hard time sitting still. I like to be moving around doing things, especially outdoors, but I can be really good at being lazy and watch hours of Netflix.

I lived in 4 states by the age of 6 until we settled for ten years in Las Vegas. My family moved to rural Illinois when I was 16. This is where I finished my last 2 years of high school. I went to the central California coast to attend college for 2 years, then moved back to rural Illinois. That’s when I met my husband and we are still here.

I like dark humor. Cards Against Humanity is my favorite game.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I love this Q! I wish more folks would answer.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Tell us the truth, @LuckyGuy. Aren’t you really a spy for an international cartel fronting widgets for their actual, nefarious wozzets?

cookieman's avatar

Ooh, a Wozzet Widget Wiseguy.

chyna's avatar

He’s AKA MacGyver.

MrGrimm888's avatar

36 yrs old. (Mentally 13) Male , single, me against the world mentality. I’m the head of security at a large music venue in Charleston SC USA.There I get to see lots of live music, which I love. If anyone ever wondered why my grammar and English is so poor, I was mainly educated in SC;)
I love Charleston, but it is a different place than most in SC. (In a positive way ) I canoe or kayak , and fish our many local water ways. I’m a firearm enthusiast who thinks that guns should be hard to buy. Play guitar (prefer accoustic ) Spent 9 yrs as a technician in an Emergency Veterinary Hospital. Love animals, and science. Atheist. Pessimist. Realist. I love the Earth, but don’t care for many people. I feel like an alien on my own planet. I don’t fit the mold of most people. That bothers me not a bit. I play my role in public. I ride the struggle bus , like most of my friends. We’re all just ‘trying to make it. ’ But I laugh a lot. Spend hours observing nature’s creatures. I could walk the Earth, slowly. Observing, and appreciating every plant and animal (except sharks) for eternity. I have a terrible fear of the water, but I have been paddling my canoe through swamps, black rivers, lakes and even the ocean to try and get a grip on my fear. I’m a face your fears guy. I think the answer for most fears , is to confront them, and conquer them mentally. I’ve been in horrible storms, and stuck laying flat in the swamps as water and every insect washed over me. Lightning 3 times a second, blowing rain in the pitch black. Stuck swimming next to my submerged kayaks in crazy rivers….I’m still afraid. But I know I can handle it. And sometimes, after a gale, the most amazing beauty anyone has ever seen. The swamp after a storm is a majical place.
And such is life , I have found.

Keep hope alive. Peace n love.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

You’re all leading such interesting lives.

I ate an apple and cheese for dinner last night.

Coloma's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake hey, that’s what I am having later too. Too damn hot to eat much here. My life, right now, is not interesting at all. It is beating the heat and forest fire smoke and gazing out the windows keeping an eye on the animals and fluthering.

Dutchess_III's avatar

My name is Val. I’m 57. I am a heterosexual, 3 kids, 10 grandkids, all of whom are each the cutest kid in the WORLD, and I have the pictures to prove it.
I have no weight problems or any other kind of physical or emotional problems, except my elbow hurts sometimes.
I have a degree in education and I’m looking for work. I thought I had a job doing computer work in a church, which would have been ironic since I’ve been an agnostic since I met Rarebear in 2007.
I love taking photographs, and I just ate a turkey sammich from Subway.
My ringtone is The Baby Elephant Walk.
My text notification is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” by the guy who did it with a ukulele. This is fitting because I am from Kansas.
My husband’s ring tone is “Top Gun,” because he’s always balls to the walls, trying to kill us.
I am regretting not getting a double chocolate chip cookie from Subway.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III You forgot to mention your darling Dakota and I forgot to mention Marywn, goose love of my life that turns 18 on July 9!

Seek's avatar

OMG! Marwyn is going to be old enough to buy porn!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Coloma Yum! I had some English cheddar and some Spanish mancheco (I think that’s correct). It was a Fuji apple.

Coloma's avatar

@Seek LOL…yes, and then he can gooseterbate with the garden hose in his pool while watching big breasted girls waddling around. He is a compulsive masturbater with the garden hose as it is. The old perv. haha

@Hawaii_Jake Sounds great, I love cheddar of all kinds, especially white, extra sharp.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Goose porn…...

Y’all gonna scare this newbie off.

LBM's avatar

I daren’t even Goggle goose porn, I don’t know who will be watching my activities.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

^^^ Wise choice.

chyna's avatar

@LBM Here for your reading enjoyment is a Fluther question about seahorse porn.

LBM's avatar

@chyna Why would someone, even hypothetically, think about seahorse porn?! What have I let myself into here.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake @cookieman Well, I must confess… With the right contract I guarantee we will make the best wossets on the planet. A one hour meeting with the hardware guy, the embedded software guru, the RF expert, and the test lab leader and we can come up with a decent proposal for anything.

@chyna Yes, I do know how to improvise. Give me some chewing gum, duct tape, a paper clip and can of pop and I can create something that will turn heads.

If anyone is interested, we have the equipment to produce high quality sea horse porn in situ.

dxs's avatar

@LBM “Goggle” anything and you’re bound to get a bad result.

dxs's avatar

Now all this stuff is in my history. Great.

Dutchess_III's avatar

We think about a lot of stuff, hypothetically. It’s a wonder they haven’t tossed us all into the loony bin.

Coloma's avatar

@LBM Haha, that’s adorable. I love geese, have kept them for years. Cheeky and smart.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I want to make sure…are you and Marwyn back together, @Coloma?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

~I’M BATMAN! Seriously I am a 38 year old man who lives in Red Deer, Alberta , Canada.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Batman time traveler.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Fluther’s resident queen of gloom and misery.

Coloma's avatar

@Dutchess_III We were, for the last 2 years but now he is only one mile away at my old housemates ranch since I moved 3 weeks ago today. I still see him all the time but he has adjusted to his life their so not going to move him again. He has 2 girl friends there since losing his pal Sonora last Feb.

I could bring him over here to the new property but he would be all alone so being only one mile away is the next best thing to being here.

flutherother's avatar

Recently retired guy with two grown up kids. I am divorced and live in Scotland. I plan to do a bit of travelling before I get too old for it. I have just returned from travelling across Europe by train with my girlfriend.

Coloma's avatar

@flutherother Sooo…have the Nessie remains been deemed a hoax?
Has your beloved monster of the Loch gone belly up? haha

Coloma's avatar

@LuckyGuy

I’ll have you know that I just used some cool, turquoise colored duct tape to cover a too bright nite lite, the effect is charming.
101 uses for spiffy, colored duct tape. haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

I ♥ duct tape!

flutherother's avatar

@Coloma The last time the monster was seen it was eating a tourist by the shores of Loch Ness. Nothing was left except sunglasses and a pair of orange beach shorts. Horrible!, especially the beach shorts.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

39 male married with no kids. We have weathered many storms together and still remain thankful for each other. We have a spoiled chihuahua that is our “kid.” Both of us just changed jobs and have recently moved into the home we have always wanted. The wife and I have worked extremely hard to get to a point of being content and finally getting here seems to make it all worth it.
Right this moment I’m looking over at the vacant lot next door and scheming a way in my head to acquire it, plant a bunch of fruit trees and place a few bee hives. Perhaps even a small pond.

I’m an engineer by trade and can pretty much do anything mechanical or electrical. I have worked in some amazing places and done some amazing things with technology. I have been blessed in that area and am quite thankful in that regard. I’m not the typical stereotype though I’m still somewhat artistic. I like gardening, wrenching on old motorcycles, tinkering with electronics and playing music. I’m about to jump full speed ahead into a luthier hobby that I hope one day will be my retirement job. I’m getting tired of the rat race and would love to get out of the corporate world though.
Politically I lean conservative except on a majority of social issues where I’m pretty far left.
Recently I have convinced myself that reality is probably computed somehow. I suppose that puts me in the agnostic with deist leanings camp…for now.

jca's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me: I had to look up the definition of “luthier” because I thought it was a typo. New word of the day!

Cruiser's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me Where are you located as I have 2–3 axes that need some TLC.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

East tennessee, at the moment I’m fully competent on solid body electrics. Will be moving to acoustic instruments as I collect tools and skill.

SmartAZ's avatar

I am a male, older’n dirt. I was raised HERE except those buildings were not there when I was a kid.

syz's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake I had a Pink Lady apple and peanut butter.

I am a 52 yo bi female, recently unemployed for the first time in my life (started working at 15). Decades of experience in veterinary medicine, used to work with big cats and other exotics. Still like travel and hiking and camping and motorcycles and rock climbing, even though I am appalled by the betrayal of a body aging faster than my psyche. Since I’m poor, I’ve narrowed my current hobbies to bird watching, designing and growing a pollinator garden, and gifting everyone that I know with milkweed plants to help support the monarch population.

Strauss's avatar

I can’t believe I haven’t answered this one yet!

I’m closer to 70 than 60; married for almost 30 years; dad to adult twins and a teenager—oh yeah, and a dog; grampa to one, so far; retired from wage slavery; in addition to my family, two things I am passionate about are music and my garden.

Kardamom's avatar

I live in California. I love to cook, and write about food, and talk about food and will wax poetic about it to anyone who will listen. I am a vegetarian. I love animals, especially dogs and cats. I am a female in my early 50’s. I love to take photographs. I am an Anglophile and I have a sick obsession with Martin Clunes. I have a girl crush on Fran Drescher. I went into deep mourning when Alan Rickman passed away. I love figure skating (participating and watching) I get a little stir crazy if I can’t visit the woods every now and then, I love to read. I enjoy watching British crime dramas and period pieces on Netflix. Eating nachos is one of my guilty little pleasures. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a trekkie, but I do love Star Trek, especially Patrick Stewart, and I actually cried when Leonard Nimoy passed away. I am an agnostic. I do not have a religious bone in my body, but I love all the trappings of Christmas: the carols, the decorations, the lights, Christmas trees and ornaments, going to Christmas parties, making gingerbread, drinking eggnog etc. I like a lot of different types of music (except for rap and death metal) but if I had to choose a favorite type of music, it would probably be classical, although I love banjo and bagpipe music. I love spicy food, especially Indian and Thai food. My idea of a dream vacation is to rent a big motorhome and take several of my friends on a cross country trip of the United States, stopping at restaurants (and trying out the vegetarian fare) and thrift stores, and National Parks. Hmmmm what else???

Oneoff's avatar

I’m Mike, an 81 year old male on my second marriage (first wife died of cancer in 1991). I live in North Norfolk UK and have two children, both living in the Dordogne, France. I am so old and senile that I can barely remember what it is that I’ve forgotten. The boring ‘Religious me’ is described at length in my profile.
Peace and love to everyone…..Mike

Mariah's avatar

Hi Mike, welcome!

Coloma's avatar

Hi @Oneoff ( Mike ) welcome to the pod!

LuckyGuy's avatar

I just revisited this Q while eating supper and found myself staring at my screen with an ear-to-ear grin. You people are awesome!

And welcome @Oneoff, Mike ! Stick around. You’ll like it.

Kardamom's avatar

Welcome to the tidepool @Oneoff : )

SmartAZ's avatar

I learned to read at age 3. By age 5 I was doing experiments with my brother’s chemistry set. Gilbert chemistry sets were a popular item in those days. My only problem was that I didn’t know how to pronounce phenolphthalein. I eventually got into radios because I could find information about radios and there is none about chemistry. After the period known as “Nixonomics” I realized that I had held EIGHTEEN full time permanent jobs in electronics in ten years, not counting part time gigs. Not knowing what to do, I left town and volunteered to be a missionary with a bible research institute. This outfit was rocking the world by teaching actual knowledge instead of religious traditions, so of course all the organized churches were calling it names and it was doubling in size every year. Of course a group can’t double in size every year for more than a few years because you can’t train new people that fast, so by the time I got in, the leadership was sketchy at best. At the end of my year I went my own way and the ministry collapsed when the main man died five years later.

I got a job with a little company that was developing uplink equipment for satellite radio and designed the mux/demux system to put VH1 on the air. “Dolby Digital Stereo” means a flood of digital signals which all have to be encoded into a singe stream for the satellite uplink, and the trick is to separate all those streams at the downlink end. It worked so well that I stayed there for eight years with no other job to do. I finally got so bored that I quit and hit the road again just to see what would happen. I didn’t have a degree so I decided to put myself through college, but in chemical engineering, not electronics. By the time I got to the junior year I realized that chemical engineering was being outsourced same as everything else, so I got a degree in computer science instead. I finished just as the tech wreck dropped the bottom out of the computer business. Needing an income right away, I took a job driving limos and that was so pleasant that I drove until I retired. I bought the limo I had been driving and went to take care of my mother until she died in 2014.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Call me Ishmael.

Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

^^^ That made me smile from ear to ear. Applause

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Graciously acknowledges Melville and takes a bow.

Strauss's avatar

Applause for “Ishmael Crow”!

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Sneki95's avatar

I guess I could try this.

I come from Serbia. I am 21 (so far) years old female philology student.
I like literature, linguists, animation and whiteness. I’m kind of obsessed with whiteness.

My dreams and goals are to have my own small, minimalistic apartment (which will be all in white), having a cat, traveling the world, losing weight and earning money which I could give to charity.

My biggest fear is having to survive a war. (which is not implausible in the Balkans. Technically, I have already survived one.)

I wish I could be a writer or a painter, but I’m way to lazy. Super lazy.

People know me as a relaxed person. I don’t get upset much around other people.
I am mute around strangers, but quite talkative around my friends.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I am a woman who wants sauteed onions right now, but yes, we have no onions.

Coloma's avatar

I am a women who spent 3 hours walking all over this 12 acre property here looking for my wayward pussycat between 8:30 and 11:30 am. He is not allowed out unsupervised and he ditched me when I ran back in the house to grab my cup of coffee. I walked all around the giant pond, all over the garden and orchard area, all over the mill site, horse paddocks, under the hay and tack barn, over hill and dale, jumping across the creek FOUR times.
No sign of hm anywhere.

Then, lo and behold, he just walks up and rolls over at my feet. Pretty sure he was just lolling under a bush somewhere laughing at me. Asshole.

BellaB's avatar

I’m a woman who just spent a bit over three hours in the community pool.

Came home and Setanta said… hi Mom.

The neighbours’ littlest girl saw him when they got back from the pool and told him she’d seen his mom at the pool.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@BellaB so now we have another mother-son pair!

BellaB's avatar

Don’t encourage Setanta @Mimishu1995 . :)

ragingloli's avatar

soooo, helicopter mum?

Lightlyseared's avatar

I was borderline for a while…

Then I crossed the border.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I thought Sentanta was female!

BellaB's avatar

@Dutchess_III , I guess I left out something vital in the details of my what’s in your pockets answer. One of the things on my keychain is Setanta’s dog tag from his army days.

Coloma's avatar

I thought Setanta WAS a DOG! Oops. haha

BellaB's avatar

Setanta’s avatar is the real Bella :)

It confuses me since I’m using her photo on FB right now.

Wait, who am I right now?

Kardamom's avatar

OK, now I’m confused. @BellaB has said (on this thread) that @Setanta is both a male and a female.

@BellaB, is @Setanta your son or your daughter? LOL

Soubresaut's avatar

I think their dog, Bella, is the “she” in Setanta’s photo

Mimishu1995's avatar

I didn’t know we have a dog as a jelly.

Coloma's avatar

I’m totally confused now. haha

Strauss's avatar

Jelly-dog?

Coloma's avatar

<————- Here’s my “dog”, “Marwyn.” lol

Strauss's avatar

Can Marwyn play fetch?

Coloma's avatar

^ No, but he can get his loaf of Oatnut bread out of the bread basket on the pie rack. haha
He also loves to go on walks and swim with you and he “barks.”

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