I was born in 1971 in Niskayuna, NY. I am the 4th of five children (3 brothers and a sister.) I am an openly gay man and adult child of an alcoholic. I play trombone a little, draw a little, crochet a little, knit a little, cook a little, and wish I was better at all of it. I like drawing and once dreamed of being a comic book artists. Instead, I became a civil servant in 1998 and will remain one until I retire in 2026.
I have lived in upstate NY for most of my life. However, I lived in Phoenix AZ with my family from age 1 to age 10. I will likely live in the Northeast the rest of my life, even though I hate the winters here.
I have been with my husband since 1997, married since 1999, legally recognized as married in NY since 2006, and Federally recognized since 2013.
I’ve been a comic book reader and collector since the age of 5; I have over 10,000 print comics; I switched to digital comics in 2018 because I ran out of space to store them. I have added about 1800 digital comics to my collection since then.
I love animals. I have had pet mice, fish, cats, rabbits, and ferrets. I currently live with 2 dogs that I adore, both rescues: Rita Mae (Jack Russel Terrier/Dachshund mix); and Harvey Milk, (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix.) I’ve had to have one dog euthanized (Clyde) due to untreatable illness – it was the worst loss I have ever experienced.
A few years ago, my love for Giraffes went into overdrive and I now collect them with a passion. My house is decorated in giraffe imagery and figurines, and I have a giraffe-themed guest room with over a hundred stuffed giraffes and another hundred figurines. Seeing a live giraffe (which I’ve been fortunate to do multiple times) still fills me with excitement and awe.
I am not a healthy guy. While I have a variety of health issues (and more than my fair share, if you ask me) I primarily struggle with Crohn’s disease & Gastroparesis. Additionally, I am Gluten Intolerant.
I was raised Catholic, but I am an atheist. I am a pacifist and avoid confrontation at all costs. I obviously support LGBTQI+ equality. I believe black lives matter. I am pro-choice. I support transgender equality. I support non-binary self identification and actualization. I believe manners, civility, and decency matter.
My favorite cocktail is the Cosmopolitan.
My favorite superhero is Green Lantern. (All of them, for those in the know.)
I have no idea how I’ve survived life this long. It scares the living hell out of me and I still feel like a 10 year old pretending to be an adult and trying to do the right thing…and failing miserably most of the time.