Thread: hello and well met
About me - I'm 31, currently living in snowy Wisconsin. I've been a Tolkien fan since I first read the trilogy in 1992 (I know, late starter), and have been an avid fiction and fantasy reader all my life. I'm active in the Lord of The Rings fandom on LiveJournal, but other than visits to www.theonering.net, this is the first Tolkien site that I've frequented. You have a wonderful, friendly active site here, and I very much am looking forward to helping expand and fine tune it into what you all want it to be.
I'm not sure what to say here, so if you have questions or want to put me on the spot , drop a reply here. I look forward to getting to know many of you!
How did you meet Ant and get involved in all this? (Hey, never said I wasn't nosey!)
Good to see you in here. I am a late starter too, so don't worry about it. Better late than never.
We are very happy to have you onboard. You are a welcomed addition to the team.
It doesn't matter if one is a later starter, what matters is that one does start.
How did you meet Ant and get involved in all this?
I met Ant in 1996, when we both travelled to Edinburgh to study at Queen Margaret College in a Stage Management and Design university course. I was on a Rotary scholarship from the US, he was there from Northhampton. We were the only students on the course that were older than the typical 18 year old first year student, and we became good friends. We dated for a year, but then I went back to the US to finish my US university degrees (English literature and Theatrical Management) and it was all email and calls sporatically over the past years, with only one short visit in 1998.
Then in October, Ant flew here to Wisconsin to visit me and for a much needed rest and break from the work he was doing. He was supposed to stay for a month, but he's still here. (Well, until Friday). Anyway, when he decided to buy the site, he spoke to me about helping with it because a) I'm a big fan, and b) because I've served as moderator and assistant admin on other websites in the past (non-Tolkien) so he knew I had the skills. Plus as my job as a manager of a software support team is a standard 9-5, so I had a bit of time to put some effort into getting the site up quickly and helping him figure out how everything runs here. As I've said - I'm really excited about it.
I'm one of your neighbors to the south, as I live in Iowa. Been in your lovely state a few times....God was having a good day when he made Wisconsin.
Yeah, I'm from Michigan originally, and it was nice to move back to the open spaces and green of the Midwest when I moved to Madison from New York City. Talk about culture shock! In a good way. I grew up on a farm, so it was calming to move back to a place where farms are just a 15 min drive away. I haven't been to Iowa yet, but I bet the people are just as nice as the rest of the Midwest. I think it's the influence of all the trees, personally.
Good to see such an enthusiastic site manager!
I'm active in the Lord of The Rings fandom on LiveJournal
Where exactly if I may ask?
Wisconsin is beautiful -- many, many lakes and lots of waterskiing. I went there once for a friend's wedding, and she had me waterskiing almost the second I was off the plane .
Looking forward to seeing you around the site!
WELCOME TO PT!!!