As a self-proclaimed GOTW, I now get to post a GOTW thread for a second time. Just think of the thumbs. (TWA eat your hearts out).
The new GOTW is somebody who I made friends with very early on this site and we have PMed and e-mailed each other pretty much every day since. He has a great sense of humour and a mass of enthusiasm which has gathered him a load of friends on here (not to mention well over 20,000 ). And, of course, he is a chit-chat regular (but we can forgive him that).
He has been a nurse (don't deny it J, a nurse by any other name), a FLGS manager, a Resources Centurian and is currently a Programme Legionary. J, Monty, "you over there speaking all the Japanese", call him what you will. I know him simply as Johnahthahn.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the one, the only, Chit-chats own......
When asked where I am from I tend to tell people that I’m not from anywhere in particular. I was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, but I moved away from there before I could even remember anything about--or before I started to glow as others have joked. From there we ended up in Bozeman, Montana, but only stayed for a few years. Next we ended up on Summerville, South Carolina, where my sister was born. After that we were off to Butte, Montana (sometimes I like to throw Charleston, West Virginia in here, but we were only there for the Summer). This is pretty much why I claim not to be from anywhere. I actually did grow and go to school in Butte, America, as locals call it, but who really wants to be from Butte? Except on Saint Patrick’s Day. I like to joke that Butte was the reason I joined the Navy.
When growing up my gaming was pretty much limited to just RPGs. My friends and I played about every D&D setting that we could get our hands one--Greyhawk, Dragonlance, Dark Sun, Ravenloft, Al-Qadim, Spelljammer, Forgotten Realms…My walls in my bedroom were adorned with the underground city maps of Menzoberranzan. In the area of board games, it was pretty much Risk and other box store games.
I didn’t discover the wider world of board games until a few years ago--I’ll say about 5. I was driving down Front Street here in Missoula, Montana with my now wife, Ayumi. While stopped at a traffic light I looked to my left and saw a store called “World Games of Montana.” I instantly knew I had to go in. World Games had lots and lots of games open to try out. Ayumi and I would go in on occasions, usually after visiting the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and sit down and have a quick game with each other. It seemed we would always play one of the games in the GIPF series, quite often GIPF itself.
My first purchase from the store was Betrayal at House on the Hill. I consider myself quite lucky for getting this game while it was available now. It was an instant hit with all my friends. I would invite them over as much as possible to play it since it offered so many scenarios. My coffee table wasn’t even big enough for the game, so the basement floor always had to go on a smaller, lower table that we would set up to the side. We enjoyed that game so much we even created characters based on ourselves--and gave each of us a “special power.”
My next purchase was Ticket to Ride (the one that the score track only goes up to 80) and it was all downhill from there. In the summer of 2006 I had to get another job to supplement my income, after I watched the entire World Cup in Germany, and managed to get hired at World Games. For that first year I worked with Smatt Read, who writes on the Gone Gaming blog with other BGGers like Gola, Tripp, and Koldfoot, to name a few. After that first year, he moved to Guinea with his partner Anne and I inherited the manager’s position at World Games of Montana.
Unfortunately the owner shut the store down at the end of 2008, but thanks to World Games of Montana I have hobby that I love for the rest of my life. Furthermore it has led me to this amazing community online here full of other people that share the same passion for board games.
And now for the customary 2 truths and 1 lie.
1. When working at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington I assisted in the deliver of a baby boy that had two thumbs on the same hand. 2. While performing a health inspection on the USS Patriot after she had returned from deployment I tried to back out of the ship’s Master Chief’s way and ended up falling overboard into the harbor. 3. I was responsible for the sudden violent, yet accidental removal of the lights and siren off the top of an ambulance.
whoa, it's like a classic day in Geekchat! I feel like I haven't been on BGG in ages. Congratulations Jonathon! I'm pretty sure that the first time I ran into you I noticed your Samurai microbadge and thought, "I have to get that!"
I never noticed how much respect you have for Rudiger Dorn's games and I have to admit, you have good taste there.
I'm pretty sure that you've never taken an accidental dip in the drink, so that's the lie.
Have you played with Dave's Minotaur? Of course I mean the game he designed.
This is a bit of a rhetorical question but, is there anything more awesome than this?
I think I disappeared from BGG last year before you got married so, congratulations!
If you could have a visit from any gamer on BGG to your lonely corner of Montana who would you have come play you?
Congratulations Jonathan! Now the first thing to remember, when picking your successor, is to make sure you get another Chit-Chatter! Don't make the mistake that nikku did and just give it to someone deserving. This is our chance to completely take over this place!
Last night I made my weekly avatar switch. This was right after I read the beginnings of this post. I recalled that you play the ukelele. In your honor, this week's avatar is a pic of me playing my friend's cigar box uke. I seem to recall that you had only started playing it recently. Do you play any other instruments?
What prompted you to learn Japanese in the first place? Do you have many opportunities to use Japanese in Montana?
I'm going to say that number 1, 2 & 3 are the lies. You are a Chit-Chatter after all!