Hi! I'm Ray. Welcome to my little window out to the 'net.
This journal is Friends Only. If what you see below interests you, then see my public Friends Only post here.
Curious who some of the people I mention in my entries are? Here is a Cast of Characters for my LJ.
So, what am I about?
I've lived in upstate NY for my entire life, most of it in the Syracuse area. In high school I was the guy in the back that always got all the right answers in class and broke the bell curve on tests, yet had crappy grades cause I never did any homework.
In High School I had an experience hosting a Russian student in my home for 3 weeks, and then reciprocated to his home for 3 weeks....this led me to go to college to study Russian language, history, and culture. Yes, I speak Russian, no I don't do it very well anymore. I even spent a semester studying in Moscow, Fall '93.
My wife and I own a house in Nedrow, NY. I did support and repair for (mostly computer-based) POS systems for 6 years, now I do phone support for Verizon's FiOS service. Computers are my life, at work and at home.
If someone were to tie me down and force me to choose a label to describe my political and religious leanings, I would say I am a libertarian agnostic. I dislike labels however. I very rarely discuss politics in my LJ, and pretty much never discuss religion, as my viewpoint is that both are strongly personal and individual subjects.
I tend to have a rather sarcastic sense of humor, and I've been known to engage in some pretty biting snark sometimes. If I were on Friends, I'd be Chandler.
I have a pretty low tolerance for insipidness and stupidity. Whenever I see l33t sp33k I point and laugh. I despise seeing people talking on their cell phones when they are driving - see aforementioned stupidity.
I've been a homeowner since December 2001. My house is a vintage 1931, amateur built fixer-upper, and I am very much a tinkerer and a do-it-yourself-er, so I tend to have fairly regular bouts with the fun that entails. Hopefully I won't collapse the house around me one of these days.
I adore dogs. I actually like cats too, but I prefer dogs way more. My dogs bring much happiness to my life.
I have obstructive sleep apnea and I use BiPap to treat it.
I have an on-again, off-again ongoing battle with my weight. I dislike the current state of my body, but the trouble is I absolutely love to eat. Food = good. My willpower to limit it is unfortunately lacking.
I never miss new episodes of Lost, Heroes, CSI (Vegas only), Survivor, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica. I was a latecomer to the love that is Jericho, but now I've seen the light. I'll also catch the occasional episode of South Park, Family Guy, and The Simpsons. I heart my TiVo.
I am a movie fanatic and a DVD collector.
I'm an old school Star Wars fanatic, a Next Generation-era Trekker, and a staunch Browncoat. Actually, everything Joss Whedon touches turns to gold - thusly Joss Whedon is my master now.
I used to be a pretty hard core EverQuest addict, dual boxing and the whole deal. I've recovered from my addiction now. I had canceled my account for what I'd thought was probably for good, but recently some friends got me back into it. I only play for a few nights a week now. The only character I really play is Knord Rainhater, a lvl 72 warrior on The Tribunal server, but in the past I also 2-boxed a cleric named Dahktar Paynelusste. I tried both EQ2 and World of Warcraft, but never really got into either.
I am a rabid Miami Dolphins fan. RABID. During the NFL season I post nearly weekly about my 'phins. Someday they will make it back to the Super Bowl - and WIN.
I'm a St Louis Cardinals fan as well, but I'm not as fanatical about it. The baseball season's just way too long to get excited about it much before late August.
I follow Syracuse University men's Basketball and Football somewhat regularly during their respective seasons. It's hard to live in Syracuse and *not* be an SU fan. :)
Once upon a time I was into Genealogy, until I ran into some pretty hard brick walls and couldn't get any farther.
So, that's me. I do read my email every day, so if you want to drop me a line, I *will* reply to that. I also read my friends' LJs daily. Don't think I've dropped off the face of the earth if I don't update my LJ in a while though....I'll come back to it sooner or later.