Born and raised in Springfield, IL I've never made it out of the little town and I think I prefer it that way. I'm just not a big city person; they are nice to visit, but I don't think I'd want to live in one.
I love BGG. As a resource its amazing. As a community, even more so! I love Boardgaming as much as I love my other hobby which is Warhammer Fantasy. I got into gaming in general around the age of 14 and have been pretty involved in it ever since in our area. I host a Warhammer Podcast and go out to tournaments and conventions and play a lot of games with family and friends.
I've been married since 2004 and have two children. The eldest doesn't seem interested in my Warhammer hobby so Board Games it is. Our youngest has no particular interest in any of it. I definitely envision soon having a night just for us as a family to sit around the table and game with each other. A real bonding experience.
While I own and love some heavy weight games I'd say personal taste is mostly medium weight. I like some good strategy; but any game over 2 hours is going to see little play in my household.