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All right, fine. I'll introduce myself. But don't say I didn't warn you. You're about to discover one of the most negative things about me: long posts.

Cue the Alfred Hitch**** theme music.

My identity here is nightwng2000. Why not nightwing2000? Because we're moving from the LJ system to this one so why confuse the issue?

I have held the nightwing identity, in one form or another, for over 20 years.
I was nightwing on the now defunct DELPHI online service and the also now defunct GEnie online service.
On Bulletin Boards, online forums, blogs, etc., I have held the ID of nightwing, nightwng, nightwing2000, and nightwng2000.

Offline, my name is Andrew Rhodes. I am the 38 year old parent of one 10 year old son, Zachary (whose last name isn't the same as mine, for the record). Zachary's girlfriend's name is Gina and she will turn 11 in May of 2006.
I have considered writing a book about myself, as I'm sure many individuals have. But then, I've also considered writing several science fiction books as well. And though I think I may have some moderate talent, I don't have the endurance to go beyond even the first page of such endeavors. Which probably explains why many of my posts are so long. So much built up inside that needs to come out.

I was born in Durham, NC and attended, for 10 of my 12 years of elementary school life, the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, NC. The other 2 years, of the junior high level, were spent at 2 other public schools. Because of my life experiences, events did not work out there at those public schools because of me. I eventually graduated from GMS in 1986 as salutatorian (which is nothing to brag about considering I was 2nd in a mere class of 15 students graduating).

I started college in a 2 year degree program at Wake Technical Community College in Business Computer Programming. It was because of my prior life experiences that I felt no real desire to go to a 4 year college, such NC State in Raleigh where someone from GMS had tried to make arrangements for me to attend, at no cost to myself. It was also those prior life experiences that cause emotional difficulties which led to me dropping out half way through my 2 year degree program and nearly commiting suicide on the night before moving back to Durham. While in Durham, I slowly recovered some of my wits and completed my 2 year degree at Durham Technical Community College in the Spring of 1989.
Not finding a job in computer programming, however, I began a Data Entry job at a medical billing company, where I stayed for 5 years. In the Spring of 1994, I won $5,000 from a local radio station. Which, in a sense, could be described as a bad thing. Though I'll skip the exact details here, since the full explanation would require backtracking to my school years, let's just say that prize money led me to make a decision that took me from a fairly decent job and led me to move to Wilmington, NC, where I've been since.

During the last nearly 12 years, I've had jobs at:
(1) The home office of a jewelry company (including positions of data entry in the credit department, collections (not a job for the weak willed), skip tracing, and the bankruptcy division). After 7 years, the accounts receivable department (credit, collections, etc) was sold off to a thrid party and we were laid off.

(2) A year and four months living on first unemployment then Social Security Disability (legally blind). The Social Security is definitely not a think I recommend you get involved with. For the most part, the SS Administration is not honorable. There is a great deal of hassle to deal with, you don't receive much funds, and it can be a trap because getting off of it can seem like a trap considering what they put you through.

(3) After searching for jobs I was capable of doing (education and experience weren't the only considerations. My vision limits me in many ways, even in travel capability), a Temp Agency FINALLY found something I could do in town. The ability to get to work was difficult (it's improved since, but still isn't perfect) but I wanted a job, badly. I was assigned to work data entry for a clinical research company. I proved myself, and was kept on as a Temp for a whole year. After the year, I had proved myself worthy of hiring. I've been with them since. As a permanent employee, I've been there for a year and four months. I have no desire to quit. And only the failing of my vision or the closing of the company will end my career with them.

I warned you this was going to be long.

My son:
Zachary is 10 years old. He suffers from ADHD. He is currently on Adderall and doing well in school where he is currently in the 5th grade, expected to pass to the 5th next year. If it hadn't been for a single C in one class two grading periods ago, he would be on the A-B Honor Roll for the year most likely. He has one girlfriend, Gina. They love to play the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh card games, though Zachary hates to loose. They play Pokemon on their Nintendo GBAs linked. Zachary, because of the ADHD medicine is required to see a counselor on a regular basis and has been since he was 4 or 5 years old. And because he has being seeing her, certain very negative events in his life were handled far better because he already was prepared to speak out more freely to myself and others regarding it. Or so I strongly believe.

As to personal computers and video games in the last 25 or so years:
I was using the VIC 20 and the Commodore 64 when they were new. I had also had many of the IBM PC clones, from the XT level all the way up to using my current computer, an AMD Athlon XP 2100+.

I've had an Atari 2600, Colecovision, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, Dreamcast, Playstation, Playstation 2, and probably a number of other consoles that I have long since forgotten.

I like RPG, driving simulations, some strategy games, medical simulations (not many around, but want them, badly).
Books, movies, TV:

Sci Fi, Horror, Action drama, medical drama, legal drama, comedy

Favorite Book: None that I can think of. But the Xanth series, and much of what Piers Anthony writes, are up there.

Favorite Movie: If You Could See What I Hear, Millineum Man, AI, Good Morning Vietnam, Star Trek movies

Favorite TV shows: ER and MASH

I hate:
Sound bites, scalloped tomatoes, oysters, shrimp, intentional deceit, half truths, corruption in the legal and political system, studies that don't fully recognize the extreme complexity of individuality, and people who use other people's tragedies for their own personal agendas.

I like:
The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth and people who follow it, playful puppies and kittens, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, reading (when I could actually do so and relax, but can't because of the hassle my vision puts me through now), having a decent, respectful debate (written as I have really bad oral communication skills), and many other things.

I love
My son and my mom (too long to go into the problem with my father, maybe in a book).

I lust
We won't go into that.

I want
In the Real World: An honorable legal system and an honorable and ethical society. Yeah, I know, that sounds more like fantasy, doesn't it?

In the Fantasy World: We won't go into that either. I guess you'll learn more along the way, I suppose.


NW2K Software

"Wait... was that my outside voice?" - Harper, Andromeda series
"No... we're not naming it 'Enterprise'!" - various TV shows.

Nightwng2000 can now be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nightwng2000
Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000

Nightwng2000 is now admin to the Facebook group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation", and on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

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