Boardgames have been a life-long fascination and it's great to have discovered and become an active participant in this wonderful website.
I am a teacher, and teach I must whether it be geometry or Puerto Rico, hence the Game Explainer Microbadge. My wife of over 40 years and I reside in Grand Prairie, Texas, but my working world is centered in Arlington, Texas.
My work history includes 25 years of public school teaching, 13 years working in the private sector for businesses including Frito-Lay, 2 years on active duty with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sam Houston for training while Fort Leonard Wood was my permanent duty station.
Here is the unit badge of the 93d Evacuation Hospital. "Fide et Fiducia" is Latin for faithfulness and confidence. I'm wearing the badge on my epaulets in the following picture:An obviously photohopped image!
I've also contributed useful variants to popular games such as T&E and New England. I'm always looking for ways to improve the games I cherish.
This is how I appear nowadays. I have a long part time association with the Home Depot, and this image was captured at my store in South Arlington. A customer lent me his macaw.
Here I am playing a game of Medina 2nd Edition at the current meeting place of South Arlington Gamers, a gaming group I started, and has met more or less continuously, since 2007.
I'm seen here teaching three Arlington Sam Houston High School students how to play Mahjong."Has Parts" note: Requested parts are absolutely free if included in a game trade. Otherwise, the cost will be $5.00 for the Continental U.S. deposited in my PayPal account.
“Nowadays, we have Christian values floating around
detached from one another. Consequently, we see
scientists who care only about truth but have no pity,
and humanitarians who care only about pity but have no
truth.” - G.K. Chesterton
"Christianity, and nothing else, is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights and democracy. . . . To this day, we have no other options. We continue to nourish ourselves from this source. Everything else is postmodern chatter." (Jurgen Habermas)
"We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life’s course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person—of every human person." - Richard John Neuhaus
When Nancy Mitford asked novelist Evelyn Waugh how he could behave so atrociously while claiming to be a practicing Catholic, he responded, "You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic." - Michael Gerson