Hello! I'm a 22-year-old from the state of Michigan, where earthquakes (I'm being sarcastic, but we did have a small earthquake back in 2015), warm winters, and never ending road constructions occurs! Did I mention that it fries during the summer? Jokes aside, I do enjoy living here. We don't have to worry (usually) about life threatening weather events. And depending on where you go, there are some nice places to visit. But to be fair, I think northern Michigan and the U.P. are the best places to go for sight seeing. There are too many farms and cities elsewhere. lol
I've been a fan of Balto since I was a child. I don't remember when I first saw the film, but I think it was either in 97 or 98. And unlike like a lot of people (mostly newer fans), I consider myself to be a TRUE fan of the film and its history. I'm not saying all fans are like this, but a lot of people seem to love the film's merchandise more than the film itself.
Back in October of 2006, my parents took me and a friend down to the Cleveland museum of Natural History. I remember I could hardly contain myself once I caught a glimpse of Balto. I could have stayed there for hours, but we quickly moved on to other parts of the museum. I hope to one day make it back to the museum. I would also like to visit the statue in Central park, then make my way to Alaska.
I can come off as a grouchy user at times, but I'm really not like that. Anyone who knows me well can easily tell you that I'm a fun, loyal and kind person. I just don't respond well to annoyances or immaturity. I'm also not a social butterfly, so I don't warm up to people as quickly as some others do. But if I do happen to click with you (I don't do the whole friend request thing, you can be sure I'll stick with you.
I joined this site back in 2007 (I was once a moderator of Balto Source (from 2008 till 2010), then a admin for The Lady and The Tramp Source. Nowadays I'm a global site builder for the Sources) when it was just Balto and The Lion King Source. Animation Source didn't come into the picture until August (I think) 2009. The site was a lot better back in the day to say the least. While AS has improved within the last year, a lot of the current users aren't what I call fans. Role-palying, making characters (bad ones), and rendering is what mostly occurs these days. Most people could care less about the film of concern.
If you see any information that needs updating or correcting, please send me a private message. I just ask that you only send me messages about site building. I'm not a moderator, so I can't help you if you're having a problem with another user, a submission, etc. Please send those types of questions to the mods.
The tech stuff
I use a 13' Macbook Pro with retina display, and 8GB of ram. I know a lot of people frown upon Macs (because they aren't good for gaming, limited on applications, and because they're pricey), but I'm quite happy with mine. I've had a few hiccups with this machine, but that can happen to any device. But compared to most Windows computers, this has been a way better experience. I don't hate Windows, or any other OS (although I don't like the whole big brother approach Microsoft is taking with Windows 10), I just don't think Windows is for me. I like having a computer that just works. But I also respect those who use Windows. I'm not one of those people who bash others because of their operating system of choice.In fact, I've used all of the basic operating systems that I know of. Those being: Windows, Linux Mint (I use Ubuntu now because Mint will no longer load), Mac OS X, iOS, and Android.
I've had a handful of pets over the years (birds, rabbits dogs, a cat, and a mouse), but I'll just stick to the main three. I'll start off with my first dog.
Lila, a beagle mix, was my first dog. I don't know how old she was when my parents adopted her back in 2003, but she was at least six months to a year. She was a friendly happy, and a generally quiet girl. My mother had to teach her how to bark! However, when she was eleven years of age, her health began to deteriorate quickly. She had a heart murmur for several years, though it was at that time she was beginning to have noticeable problems with it. Her heart had become enlarged, which was pressing on her trachea, causing her to cough and gag. It came to a point, a year later, where the cough was constant. Unfortunately, on June 18th, 2015, she was to be put to sleep.
I adopted Melvin on 9/11/12. I was a volunteer at my local Humane Society (just to make it clear, I support animal welfare, not animal rights) at the time, and I was looking for a cat to adopt, as I was planning on moving out at the time. My mother told me to let the cat choose me, and I did. Of all the cats in the shelter, it was Melvin who interacted with me (he's a social cat who likes to play and cuddle) the most. The other cats could care less. lol I don't know much about his past, but I do believe he was a surrender. His adoption papers mention that he was born on August 15th, 2011. He's a good boy for the most part, but he can be annoying at times. lol
Lucy is a young Australian Shepherd that my parents adopted back in 2015. I don't know much about her past, but what I do know is she was found running in a rural area in Ohio for about two or three months. After she was caught she spent time in shelters, then a foster or two. At one point in time she was attacked by a Golden Retriever, so that one incident caused her to not be fond of other dogs. However, I think she's regaining her confidence. She would growl at other dogs when we would walk past these homes, but not so much now. Of course that isn't to say she's "cured", but I think it's a step in the right direction.
Besides her issue with dogs, and sometimes attacking the cat, she's a good girl. I've taught her how to give both of her paws, and now I'm working on getting her to "cross" her paws on command. Perhaps I'll post some pictures of these tricks once she learns "cross". I know I will also be teaching her other tricks as well.
Suomi, which is Finnish for Finland, is a male Vieltail Betta fish. Unlike a lot of Bettas, mine lives happily in a 10 gallon tank that I maintain on a daily baises. Never put Bettas (or any fish) in bowls or anything less than five gallons (if you lack the space, please reconsider getting a fish)! People believe that Bettas can live in these small tanks/bowls because they're found in rice paddy fields in Thailand. Placing them in these tiny tanks or bowls is simply animal abuse, even if you're taking care of them. Bettas, and every other fish, deserve the space to swim and explore. People also believe that fish are just something you look at, which is far from the truth. Fish have personalities like every other living creature, and they can also learn to do tricks. You also have to maintain their water (which is like a balencing act) on a regular baises, otherwise your fish WILL die.
That's awesome, and I will probably end up using it from
time to time. But I was thinking of a serious clock too. Or at
least a still image of one which has the words "tick tock" next to it,
perhaps in visible red letters or something. Heh.
(I like the new header on your profile presentation too, but aren't
you linking the both of us up in a rather, er...intimate way? Or at
least an involved one? I like the inspiration, but maybe this isn't
the most ideal place for it)