Of course I played board games in my childhood. In High School we played Settlers of Catan, but I really discovered gaming as a hobby in 2004.
Today, I am the guy with the games. That's how I get introduced to new people. They are no extreme gamers and most of them even don't know about bgg ("Great you prepared those rule sheets!"). I try to guide them here, but none of them are registered.
Gaming is an important but not my only hobby. I try to keep the balance between gaming and canoeing (canoe polo and white-water), work, and, of course, my family (1 wife, 1 daughter). This year, I want to plan gaming events more than before.