Geekhood in general runs in my family. My dad was a computer nerd and used to bring me in to work and let me play with the punch cards. Yeah... punch cards. My mother can tell you what episode of Star Trek: TOS is on about three words into the teaser.
Back in the late 80's I discovered gaming thanks to my friend Bill. Roborally, Scrabble, Talisman and the Illuminati CCG were most frequently played, though I think the Call of Cthulu theme nights are my favorite memory. When I moved away though, I never really found other gamers, and it kind of fell off my radar.
Cut to the winter of 2007. An old friend who runs a skill toy store, and also stocks some games, needs some help over Christmas and asks if I want a part time job. Even though games are the smallest part of his stock, they are the part I am most comfortable selling. He kind of forgot to let me go after the Christmas season, and as the store has expanded, I'm slowly expanding the games too. That, of course, has allowed me to meet a whole new group of gamers here in Tallahassee, and for that I couldn't be happier.