I'm from the state of Michigan, where the weather changes every five minutes, and where road construction is considered a season! Jokes aside, I do enjoy living here. Our summers are typically short (summer goes from about June to September) and hot. Our winters, depending on the year, can be quite cold.
A bit random, but I will say that when it comes to a good ginger ale, Vernors is the only way to go in my opinion. I know that some places in the U.S. don't carry Vernors, but if you do happen to come across it, give it a go. I know a lot of people prefer Canada Dry over vernors, as Vernors is known for making people cough, and it has a cooling effect on your throat. Canada Dry is tame compared, which is why I don't care for it. It also isn't uncommon for fellow Michiganders to offer you Vernors when you have an upset stomach.
I just want to throw this out there, but if you ever happen to see anyone talking about a "party store", please know that people outside of Michigan don't know what they're talking about. While it's true that party stores do sell alcohol, that's not the store as a whole. A party store is nothing more than a convenience store. Believe me, I've been in party stores before.
I can come off as a grouchy user at times, but I'm not really 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 what you would call a extrovert, so I don't warm up to people as quickly as some others do. But if I do happen to get along with you (I don't do the whole friend request thing, you can be sure I'll stick with you.However, if you betray my trust, that's a whole other matter.
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 staff.
The tech stuff
I'm currently using a 13 inch Macbook Pro with retina display as my main computer. I know a lot of people like to bash Mac users for various reasons, but I think all of that is utter nonsense (use whatever makes you happy). I switched to a Mac because I never had any luck with PCs softwear and hardwear wise. I can't say that my Mac has never given me any trouble (no product can ever be 100% perfect), but all in all, it has been a smooth ride.
A lot of people will tell you that Macs can't run games, however this isn't true. Macs CAN run games, there are just fewer titles avaible, and hardware wise, some games will perfrom better on a lower quaility setting. I don't know about the higher end Macs, as they do cost more than people are willing to pay, but I don't think saying a Mac can't game is a fair argument. Unless you're a dedicated gamer, most people who play games for fun aren't going to have a power house of a machine on either side. And from my personal expierence, my Mac can play games without any problems. But that being said, I think, if you're mostly using your PC to game, then use Windows.
I know I said I think the war between Apple and Windows is nonsense, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on this particular argument.
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.