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I am me.


Feel like I've known you for years after that.
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Some random things about myself (pretty much copied the subjects from nadgamgee)

Name: Chris
Race: Caucasian (German/Norwegian and I can't find Caucasia on the map)
Origin of my username: "Shacky" is something I came up with when I was in High School cause my Dragonknight99 name seemed a bit cliche. So I looked around the room and saw my dad's Radio Shack 28.8k modem. I took Shack, then saw another word that ended in "y" and added that on the end. Did a yahoo search to see if it showed up and got no results, so I went with it. The 22 at the end is my lucky number, and sometimes I put an 81 at the end (my birth year). Which that started when I got my xbox 360 and couldn't figure out how to access my shacky22 account from my xbox. They wanted the original credit card I had signed up with which was 3 credit cards before that. So I had no way to prove it was mine.
Birthday: Virgo - Sept 18
Occupation: Master Control at a TV station
Languages: English, that's it. Took 2 years of Spanish in High School and don't remember a thing.
Religion: Christian (Methodist), my dad is a Methodist Minister.
Hobbies: boardgames, video games, tabletop rpgs, hunting, photoshopping, and coming up with ideas for projects that I never start or finish.
Authors and Books: Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore, Harry Potter series, Sword of Truth series, just started reading Game of Thrones
Movies: Serenity, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, Transformers.
Actors: Nathan Fillion, Jim Parsons, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Carrey.
Actresses: Scarlett Johansson, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Julia Stiles, Kristen Kreuk, Angelina Jolie.
TV Shows: Firefly, Big Bang Theory, Castle, Lost, Once Upon A Time, Dexter.
Food: Tacos, Beef and Brocolli, Rice, Pretzels, Animal Crackers
Animals: Cats, Falcons, Dragons
Likes: BGG, Dwarves, Dwarven Armour, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, SWTOR, Pies, Singing Telegrams, Slapstick comedy.
Ultimate Obsessions: Gaming, dragons, common sense.
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My name is David and I'm a boardgamer.

I was born in La Mesa, California, but moved to Canada when I was a couple months old. My dad was never what you'd call stable, changing work and professions frequently, so we moved around in several cities in Alberta, California, Utah, and British Columbia, although I spent a majority of my growing up years in Canada. I identify myself as Canadian - unless I'm in Canada (that way, you get the best of both words and can make fun of all countries).

I didn't do much when I was little except play with friends. I have a nice fracture in my skull where I'm sure I took a hockey puck to the head during one of our spirited shinny games. I started gaming when I was in grade 3, but no one in my family really appreciated gaming, although I still have my original copies of Battleship, Mouse Trap, Chess, and Connect 4. I was the champion of Connect 4 in grade 4, going 400-and something wins with only 7 losses. My family still refuses to play that game with me.

About grade 6, I started branching out. I competed in swim club, badminton, track (middle and distance events, and long and triple jump), cross country, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and football (American). I also started cartooning, teaching myself piano, and I continued singing (which I loved as a child).

The problem with being a sporty guy was that I never actually had a growth spurt until the end of grade 11, so from grade 8, I was one of the smallest in my grade. By grade 9, I quit most sports, except gymnastics, and took up musical and regular theater, art, Jazz and Marching band, and choir. I coached gymnastics and started a breakdance crew (which soon led to swing dancing).

I moved back to Utah my senior year of high school and did cheerleading (I got recruited by some of my Football friends after Football season ended - I used to tumble down the hallway), ballroom dance team, show choir, Jazz Band, and was in 5 musicals. It was a blast and I lived at school. It was this year, I started to pick up gaming again with Apples to Apples and Cranium.

College brought on new challenges, including pre-meds, a two year Mormon mission to Brazil, switching majors to an Area Studies emphasis, ballroom and folkdance teams, university chorale, and a discovery of new types of boardgaming.

My friends introduced me to Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot my senior year and I was hooked. That was my gateway game (I still have a tender spot in my heart for it). Soon, I found myself cracking out copies of Munchkin or Fluxx and I had to get my BANG! fix every Sunday.

This dependency opened me up to heavier stuff to get a fix. These lighter games, though fun, started failing to satisfy. I discovered heavier stuff. Catan, then Yspahan, soon followed by Ticket to Ride, Citadels, etc.

It was a slippery slope that led to many Boards and Bits, Boardgame Revolution, Coolstuffinc., White Dragon, and yes, even Amazon orders. I even bought a Crokinole board. By this time, I had a fulltime job as an academic librarian at BYU in Provo, Utah. I was single with a disposable income and well, it was a good hobby. I started thrifting games and selling them to offset the cost. I was addicted.

Upon this realization, I did what any responsible addict would do. I decided to quit my job, move to Europe, and pay for another masters degree, with the hope of having a higher income, so I can fill my fix even better.

Thus far, I've only purchased Hamburgum, Oregon, Batavia, and Aqua Romana since I got here three months ago.

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Dave

I see there is a branch of The Works in Leeds then.
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Stolen from my profile:

I'm an avid gamer who'll try anything once. I've a tendency to like things with meeples and miniatures in though...meeple

I currently live in beautiful and historic Durham...



...though I was born in Huddersfield and raised in North Yorkshire. I spent most of my youth living in a village called Austwick, near the foot of Ingleborough.



This was cool, due to the large number of glacial erratics and long walks through the countryside that you could go on.



During my early teens I discovered Games Workshop and became deeply involved with all things Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy - having both a large Dark Angels 40k army and a substantial Chaos army for Warhammer Fantasy. Shortly thereafter, I was gifted the original D&D boxed sets (Red through to Gold!) by the local vicars wife, and I soon became enamored with roleplaying games. This only increased when I moved up to the local grammar school and discovered their gaming club - Warhammer, Blood Bowl, Magic: The Gathering and more RPG goodness than you could shake a stick at. Eventually I took over the club and ran it for about 3-4 years until I left for Durham University and my Undergraduate degree.

University was a black time for gaming...I sold off most of my GW stuff and my RPG books and got down to some serious socialising and work...

It wasn't until I started my PhD that I got back into games, having been introduced to Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan by a few friends in the Archaeology Department where I work. Since then I have reverted very firmly to my old ways - my boardgame collection is blossoming at an exponential rate and I have dipped into various RPG systems (many of which I have been very impressed with). I even started collecting comic books again - it is a good and geeky time

Currently my favorite game is Twilight Imperium (Third Edition), which I will play any day of the week for as little or long as possible. However, my main gaming partner is my fiancé, Elizabeth, a lovely girl from Portland, OR. Therefore, a large number of the games that I own and play are geared towards two players. Also, I have a big hole in my heart for games dripping with theme - meaning games like Arkham Horror, Descent: Journeys in the Dark and Mansions of Madness will always be high up on my to play list.

mbOh, and if you hadn't noticed - I like H.P. Lovecraft a lotmb


As for other details, I'm a student at Durham University studying for a PhD in Archaeology (as mentioned above). My specialism is the Lower Palaeolithic of Britain and Europe and the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic Transition. I'm currently studying aspects of idiosyncratic technique in handaxe manufacture and whether this can be used to isolate individual hominid knappers in Lower Palaeolithic assemblages. Details of my research (if you're interested) can be found here and here.

I spend most of my time looking at, and handling, these...



...which are about 500,000 years old.

My other half also studies archaeology, but her specialty is Iron Age Britain, specifically glass bead manufacture and use. So we share the same love of our subject, but most of the time we're jovially taunting each other over who's period is the best

And both of us are Steampunks...



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I'm a 41 year gamer. My user name comes from the fact that I was trying not recycle any of my old user names from other sites when I joined the Geek, and wasn't feeling particularly creative that day.

I'm currently working on finsihing my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (better late than never!) and I work in an inbound call center for a major insurance company selling auto and renter's insurance in several states. I'm also licensed for Ontario and Alberta, but they now have a separate team that handles them exclusively, so they're off my plate.

I started gaming as soon as I could understand the rules to Hi Ho! Cherry-O and have never stopped since. I discovered Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Edition) in 3rd grade and Ogre and the other microgames in 5th grade, and I've been a diehard geek ever since. Becoming a geek so early in life was almost like being a Boy Named Sue, with similar results.

I was recently blessed by getting married to the love of my life, my wife, Amy. While she has an account on the Geek, she's seldom on, as she prefers to spend her online time playing Urban Dead.

I'm also lucky enough to have a group of friends that I game with locally, though only one of them is really active here on BGG. This gives me even less excuse for not boardgaming more often than I do.

Alright, this is about as much coherence as I can manage this early in the morning, so now I'll just spew some semi-random facts.

Religion: Christian, no particular denomination but generally tend to agree with Brennan Manning, Rich Mullins, and Rob Bell.

Politics: Oddly, I find myself getting less conservative as I get older. I suspect this is because I've been through enough (largely due to the consequences of my own mistakes) that I'm a great deal more understanding than I once was.

Interests outside of boardgaming: Film, Video and Roleplaying games, Literature, History, Philosophy, Theology, and Music (though, sadly, only as an appreciative ear, I used to play clarinette rather well, but I have no musical ability these days).

....And, that's all I've got at the moment. Have a great day, all!

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Some random things about myself (pretty much copied the subjects from nadgamgee)

Occupation: Master Control at a TV station


Master Control sounds darkoverlordish

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Does it mean I've been watching too much Babylon 5 if the first thing that comes to my mind after reading "Who are you?" is "What do you want?"?
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Does it mean I've been watching too much Babylon 5 if the first thing that comes to my mind after reading "Who are you?" is "What do you want?"?


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Dave

I see there is a branch of The Works in Leeds then.


Missed them at the Works. I had to settle for 9.99 on Amazon.
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I will follow Shacky (Christopher)..

Some random things about myself (pretty much copied the subjects from nadgamgee)

Name: Daniel
Race: Caucasian (Euromutt/ ie English, Dutch, German, French, etc. etc.)
Origin of my username: "dandechino": my name is Dan and I am from a city in Southern California called Chino
Birthday: October 18
Occupation: Academic Advisor and Graduate Teaching Associate at a university in Kinesiology
Languages: English, that's it. Took 3 years of Spanish in High School and don't remember a thing
Religion: Christian. I became a follower of Jesus in high school. I fall short so often but His Grace is greater than my sin. I am forgiven because God came in the flesh and paid my debt by taking my place on the Cross to satisfy the Father's justice and holiness. His love is what gives life purpose, hope, and light
Hobbies: boardgames (mostly games with tactical/area command/strategy), fitness, weightlifting, running (really trying), hiking, outdoors, and BGG (FTL)
Authors and Books: Theology esp. John Piper books such as Desiring God. History, philosophy, environmental exercise physiology & other brainy topics. For sci-fi I've enjoyed Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Starship Troopers and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein
Movies: Night of the Living Dead (classic), original Star Wars trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Young Frankenstein, The Producers (classic), Platoon
Actors: Don't really pay attention
Actresses: I notice a few ( whistle )but again don't really pay attention
TV Shows: Bones, The Daily Show, CSI/Law&Order type shows
Food: I'm happy with a good carne asada burrito in my two hands
Animals: Dog- man's best friend
Likes: reading good books, dynamic friendly people, spreading the love, church
Goals: Perhaps get a PhD or EdD, teach/advise college students, get married if I find the right girl perhaps, no bad days because God is good
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And both of us are Steampunks...






Such awesome photos! Words can't describe the awesomeness!
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Shacky, what exactly is a tabletop rpg? Which ones do you play? I've only played adventure games like Talisman, Runebound, and Prophecy.
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*flushes deeply* Thank you, Beans. That means a lot.

And I've always wanted a sister I could actually get along with and even like! My real sister and I...we are...opposites...to say the least. I am unworthy of her time, attention and money because as far as she's concerned, I'm some kind of loser geek. But I'm certainly good enough to watch her kids. All the time. For free. Taking them places, paying for them myself most of the time. Watching them all night just so she can sleep in when I'm the one with the health issues... *sighs* It is good that she trusts me with her children since she's like me, extremely careful and protective, so I'm just going to focus on that.


My sister and I haven't spoken in three years. There have been a few times that our dad has tricked us (yes, tricked) into being in the same space, but even then, nothing. She's six years younger than me and we're total and complete opposites in every way. Growing up, we got along incredibly well...but not so much as adults.

With her, she wouldn't leave her kids alone with me at all (or with anyone for that matter). Unless it's her husband's side of the family.


My sister and I are almost five years apart, she being the baby, and she is...well...the baby. We don't talk unless we have to regarding the kids. We're both teachers, but we don't even talk about that. In her eyes, I get everything and she gets nothing, but reality shows almost the opposite. I hardly get anything, but she gets a ton. Even when it comes to things outside my parent's control, like having healthy children, being healthy ourselves, I get the short end of the stick but am still a happy person, she gets almost everything and is hateful, spiteful, and judgmental. Strange.

Now that is just wrong! Surely there is no justification for that!
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My sister and I are almost five years apart, she being the baby, and she is...well...the baby. We don't talk unless we have to regarding the kids. We're both teachers, but we don't even talk about that. In her eyes, I get everything and she gets nothing, but reality shows almost the opposite. I hardly get anything, but she gets a ton. Even when it comes to things outside my parent's control, like having healthy children, being healthy ourselves, I get the short end of the stick but am still a happy person, she gets almost everything and is hateful, spiteful, and judgmental. Strange.

Now that is just wrong! Surely there is no justification for that!


Grass is always greener and blame other people for your own problems syndromes. Very common unfortunately. Human nature.
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dandechino wrote:
Shacky, what exactly is a tabletop rpg? Which ones do you play? I've only played adventure games like Talisman, Runebound, and Prophecy.


That's just what I've always called games like Shadowrun and Dungeons and Dragons.

I have played Shadowrun, Warhammer, Serenity, and a few others I can't recall. I have also DMed Dungeons and Dragons 3.5. Currently I like DMing Pathfinder.

I introduced my wife to this type of gaming with Pathfinder and she loves it and can't wait for me to start up a group again.
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shacky22 wrote:
dandechino wrote:
Shacky, what exactly is a tabletop rpg? Which ones do you play? I've only played adventure games like Talisman, Runebound, and Prophecy.


That's just what I've always called games like Shadowrun and Dungeons and Dragons.

I have played Shadowrun, Warhammer, Serenity, and a few others I can't recall. I have also DMed Dungeons and Dragons 3.5. Currently I like DMing Pathfinder.

I introduced my wife to this type of gaming with Pathfinder and she loves it and can't wait for me to start up a group again.


I like D&D, but we just cannot find a gaming group here soblue
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VikingPrincess wrote:
nattitude wrote:
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*flushes deeply* Thank you, Beans. That means a lot.

And I've always wanted a sister I could actually get along with and even like! My real sister and I...we are...opposites...to say the least. I am unworthy of her time, attention and money because as far as she's concerned, I'm some kind of loser geek. But I'm certainly good enough to watch her kids. All the time. For free. Taking them places, paying for them myself most of the time. Watching them all night just so she can sleep in when I'm the one with the health issues... *sighs* It is good that she trusts me with her children since she's like me, extremely careful and protective, so I'm just going to focus on that.


My sister and I haven't spoken in three years. There have been a few times that our dad has tricked us (yes, tricked) into being in the same space, but even then, nothing. She's six years younger than me and we're total and complete opposites in every way. Growing up, we got along incredibly well...but not so much as adults.

With her, she wouldn't leave her kids alone with me at all (or with anyone for that matter). Unless it's her husband's side of the family.


My sister and I are almost five years apart, she being the baby, and she is...well...the baby. We don't talk unless we have to regarding the kids. We're both teachers, but we don't even talk about that. In her eyes, I get everything and she gets nothing, but reality shows almost the opposite. I hardly get anything, but she gets a ton. Even when it comes to things outside my parent's control, like having healthy children, being healthy ourselves, I get the short end of the stick but am still a happy person, she gets almost everything and is hateful, spiteful, and judgmental. Strange.

Now that is just wrong! Surely there is no justification for that!


My sister is six years younger and has pretty much always gotten what she wanted. I have kinda always felt like the Danny Devito to her Arnold from the movie Twins. She's incredibly judgmental of me and the decisions I made that brought me to Kansas away from my kids - that was a very hard path for me to follow and it wasn't a decision made quickly. Rather than talk to me about it, she's just treated me like dirt. Which isn't hard because her husband hates me so it works out well for her, she just supports him and his psychotic nature.

At any rate, my kids are well adjusted and happy and I'm pretty sure my relationship with my boyfriend is about a zillion times better than hers with her screwed up husband.

BUT ANYWAY! lol
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shacky22 wrote:
dandechino wrote:
Shacky, what exactly is a tabletop rpg? Which ones do you play? I've only played adventure games like Talisman, Runebound, and Prophecy.


That's just what I've always called games like Shadowrun and Dungeons and Dragons.

I have played Shadowrun, Warhammer, Serenity, and a few others I can't recall. I have also DMed Dungeons and Dragons 3.5. Currently I like DMing Pathfinder.

I introduced my wife to this type of gaming with Pathfinder and she loves it and can't wait for me to start up a group again.

I love pathfinder!
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nattitude wrote:
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*flushes deeply* Thank you, Beans. That means a lot.

And I've always wanted a sister I could actually get along with and even like! My real sister and I...we are...opposites...to say the least. I am unworthy of her time, attention and money because as far as she's concerned, I'm some kind of loser geek. But I'm certainly good enough to watch her kids. All the time. For free. Taking them places, paying for them myself most of the time. Watching them all night just so she can sleep in when I'm the one with the health issues... *sighs* It is good that she trusts me with her children since she's like me, extremely careful and protective, so I'm just going to focus on that.


My sister and I haven't spoken in three years. There have been a few times that our dad has tricked us (yes, tricked) into being in the same space, but even then, nothing. She's six years younger than me and we're total and complete opposites in every way. Growing up, we got along incredibly well...but not so much as adults.

With her, she wouldn't leave her kids alone with me at all (or with anyone for that matter). Unless it's her husband's side of the family.


My sister and I are almost five years apart, she being the baby, and she is...well...the baby. We don't talk unless we have to regarding the kids. We're both teachers, but we don't even talk about that. In her eyes, I get everything and she gets nothing, but reality shows almost the opposite. I hardly get anything, but she gets a ton. Even when it comes to things outside my parent's control, like having healthy children, being healthy ourselves, I get the short end of the stick but am still a happy person, she gets almost everything and is hateful, spiteful, and judgmental. Strange.

Now that is just wrong! Surely there is no justification for that!


My sister is six years younger and has pretty much always gotten what she wanted. I have kinda always felt like the Danny Devito to her Arnold from the movie Twins. She's incredibly judgmental of me and the decisions I made that brought me to Kansas away from my kids - that was a very hard path for me to follow and it wasn't a decision made quickly. Rather than talk to me about it, she's just treated me like dirt. Which isn't hard because her husband hates me so it works out well for her, she just supports him and his psychotic nature.

At any rate, my kids are well adjusted and happy and I'm pretty sure my relationship with my boyfriend is about a zillion times better than hers with her screwed up husband.

BUT ANYWAY! lol


She sounds so much like my sister it isn't funny! Just tonight, she decided she just has to wrap Christmas presents right away, but even though I told her how sick and weak I was, how I'd been up most of the night with terrible cramps and vomiting from some illness, you'll never guess where she left her kids...with me. It hurts just to pick the baby up a little, let alone lift her to the changing table or to the crib. My mom and I don't understand why she just doesn't wait until the kids are in bed and then wrap like I do and like she did when my sister and I were little. That is what most parents do, after all. They don't hire a sitter, or abuse the free sitter when she is so ill.

To make matters worse, if I get the kids sick...she'll kill me. Not like it would be my fault. And that's not all...knowing I am sick and could be contagious she brought her kids over and left them with me even though they are leaving for a cruise on Wednesday! What happens if I accidentally get the whole family sick and cause them to miss their cruise? You better believe she will never forgive me. But all I'm doing is taking care of my poor niece and nephew. *shakes head*

She and a few other people are very judgmental about me leaving my husband, though I easily got custody of the kids without even having to mention much of the abuse, but my kids are a billion times happier now than they were, and they dearly love my fiancé, and he loves them so much. We are a much stronger family unit than what we had when I was married. And the kids had been asking me to leave their dad anyway. You know it had to be bad if they wanted a divorce from him, too. But even though I am in a loving, giving relationship with somebody who adores me, some people blame me and think everything is all my fault like the divorce was a bad thing. Divorces aren't really good, but this one certainly wasn't bad!
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dandechino wrote:
Shacky, what exactly is a tabletop rpg? Which ones do you play? I've only played adventure games like Talisman, Runebound, and Prophecy.


That's just what I've always called games like Shadowrun and Dungeons and Dragons.

I have played Shadowrun, Warhammer, Serenity, and a few others I can't recall. I have also DMed Dungeons and Dragons 3.5. Currently I like DMing Pathfinder.

I introduced my wife to this type of gaming with Pathfinder and she loves it and can't wait for me to start up a group again.

I love pathfinder!


Me too! I'm trying to gather up us Pathfinder lovers together to perhaps do some RP over Skype or MSN or something with my fiancé (whom I finally got to sign up for the site - he isn't much of a talker at all, but he uses it for reviews for board games, rpgs and video games).
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VikingPrincess wrote:
nattitude wrote:
VikingPrincess wrote:
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*flushes deeply* Thank you, Beans. That means a lot.

And I've always wanted a sister I could actually get along with and even like! My real sister and I...we are...opposites...to say the least. I am unworthy of her time, attention and money because as far as she's concerned, I'm some kind of loser geek. But I'm certainly good enough to watch her kids. All the time. For free. Taking them places, paying for them myself most of the time. Watching them all night just so she can sleep in when I'm the one with the health issues... *sighs* It is good that she trusts me with her children since she's like me, extremely careful and protective, so I'm just going to focus on that.


My sister and I haven't spoken in three years. There have been a few times that our dad has tricked us (yes, tricked) into being in the same space, but even then, nothing. She's six years younger than me and we're total and complete opposites in every way. Growing up, we got along incredibly well...but not so much as adults.

With her, she wouldn't leave her kids alone with me at all (or with anyone for that matter). Unless it's her husband's side of the family.


My sister and I are almost five years apart, she being the baby, and she is...well...the baby. We don't talk unless we have to regarding the kids. We're both teachers, but we don't even talk about that. In her eyes, I get everything and she gets nothing, but reality shows almost the opposite. I hardly get anything, but she gets a ton. Even when it comes to things outside my parent's control, like having healthy children, being healthy ourselves, I get the short end of the stick but am still a happy person, she gets almost everything and is hateful, spiteful, and judgmental. Strange.

Now that is just wrong! Surely there is no justification for that!


My sister is six years younger and has pretty much always gotten what she wanted. I have kinda always felt like the Danny Devito to her Arnold from the movie Twins. She's incredibly judgmental of me and the decisions I made that brought me to Kansas away from my kids - that was a very hard path for me to follow and it wasn't a decision made quickly. Rather than talk to me about it, she's just treated me like dirt. Which isn't hard because her husband hates me so it works out well for her, she just supports him and his psychotic nature.

At any rate, my kids are well adjusted and happy and I'm pretty sure my relationship with my boyfriend is about a zillion times better than hers with her screwed up husband.

BUT ANYWAY! lol


She sounds so much like my sister it isn't funny! Just tonight, she decided she just has to wrap Christmas presents right away, but even though I told her how sick and weak I was, how I'd been up most of the night with terrible cramps and vomiting from some illness, you'll never guess where she left her kids...with me. It hurts just to pick the baby up a little, let alone lift her to the changing table or to the crib. My mom and I don't understand why she just doesn't wait until the kids are in bed and then wrap like I do and like she did when my sister and I were little. That is what most parents do, after all. They don't hire a sitter, or abuse the free sitter when she is so ill.

To make matters worse, if I get the kids sick...she'll kill me. Not like it would be my fault. And that's not all...knowing I am sick and could be contagious she brought her kids over and left them with me even though they are leaving for a cruise on Wednesday! What happens if I accidentally get the whole family sick and cause them to miss their cruise? You better believe she will never forgive me. But all I'm doing is taking care of my poor niece and nephew. *shakes head*

She and a few other people are very judgmental about me leaving my husband, though I easily got custody of the kids without even having to mention much of the abuse, but my kids are a billion times happier now than they were, and they dearly love my fiancé, and he loves them so much. We are a much stronger family unit than what we had when I was married. And the kids had been asking me to leave their dad anyway. You know it had to be bad if they wanted a divorce from him, too. But even though I am in a loving, giving relationship with somebody who adores me, some people blame me and think everything is all my fault like the divorce was a bad thing. Divorces aren't really good, but this one certainly wasn't bad!


My marriage was awful - it ending was the best thing that ever happened to me. Thankfully, no one really blames either of us. Certainly no one in my family (they all knew what kind of person he became).

People who truly care about you won't judge you - just support you in whatever way they can.

That really sucks that your sister does that to you. Moving away from my sister has been so good for me because I didn't have to deal with her anymore. Prior to our last falling out, we had gone a good year at another time without talking.

I hope you are feeling better soon - taking care of a gaggle of children is not easy when you're not up to snuff.
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On a more serious note, you can read more about me in my profile. I was born in 1979, in a small town. me and my brothers were playing the commodore 64! After years of playing computers, nintendo and watching screen, I got bored. I turned to board games in 2008 with Descent, and now I'm an addict.

I am a professionnal land surveyor, and during winter, I am a ski instructor. I train and teach 8/9 years old kids who want to start competition. At the end of the season, there is a round of selection, and the club choose only the best kids. Our program consist of 6 coach, each of us having 6 kids, and about 20 kids are selected, plus the other kids who show up wich are not part of our training program. Maybe 50 kids shop for the selection. Last year, 4 of my kids were selected, the other 2 didn't show up at the selection, so I was proud. I live in Sherbrooke, Qc, canada, and ski at Mount Orford. I like to visit the US, and have been to Costa Rica once and it was an awesome experience.

This is my view from my neighborhood (mount Orford):
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Martin518 wrote:
On a more serious note, you can read more about me in my profile. I was born in 1979, in a small town. me and my brothers were playing the commodore 64! After years of playing computers, nintendo and watching screen, I got bored. I turned to board games in 2008 with Descent, and now I'm an addict.

I am a professionnal land surveyor, and during winter, I am a ski instructor. I train and teach 8/9 years old kids who want to start competition. At the end of the season, there is a round of selection, and the club choose only the best kids. Our program consist of 6 coach, each of us having 6 kids, and about 20 kids are selected, plus the other kids who show up wich are not part of our training program. Maybe 50 kids shop for the selection. Last year, 4 of my kids were selected, the other 2 didn't show up at the selection, so I was proud. I live in Sherbrooke, Qc, canada, and ski at Mount Orford. I like to visit the US, and have been to Costa Rica once and it was an awesome experience.

This is my view from my neighborhood (mount Orford):



Awesome!!! Glad to know you more!

That would be a really rewarding job to be a ski instructor! What are the main things you have to teach competitive skiiers?
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