People Foolish Enough to Hang Out With Me

"A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway." -- Christi Mary Warner

Yes, even I have a few friends. Check out their cool home pages (if they have one). Everyone's listed alphabetcally within their group, just to make my life easier.

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Fellow role-players

* Lisamarie Babik: One of several friends that I met through gaming, she's the author of the Ask Aunt Flora 
Syndicated Site, which contains several rather humorous columns. Check it out!

* Sol Foster: Fellow Amber and Drageara player (not to mention Dim Sum enthusiast), Sol's one of those people I've known for years, but only recently have our orbits begun to intercept again. It's funny how life works that way. He runs one of the funniest AmberCon games I've ever played in.

* Sean Frost: An aspiring writer and Tick fanatic, his latest project is an online comic called "Johnny Public." For several years he ran a game he created based on Steven Brust's Dragaera books, which was a lot of fun, even if the plot sometimes got so convoluted that it made my head hurt. :)

* Kristen Gibbs: Our paths just seem to keep crossing. We both play Amber, we both have an interest in Japan (well, my interest was mostly in anime), for a while I worked where she was going to school, and we have a lot of friends in common. Plus, I sort of introduced her to her current boyfriend. :)

* Liam Hoekenga: Singer, actor, a genuine Renaissance man. No wonder he spends so much time working at the Renaissance Festival every year. Plus, he has the most incredible blue eyes. :)

* Andrew Inman: Computer guru, Amber GM, masochist extraordinare, and man in perpetual need of a vacation. He never sleeps. Really.

* Lisa Leutheuser: Or Evil Eal, as some call her. Designer/gamer/writer/belly dancer. Really. I am not making this up.

* Jill Pritts: My roommate for two years while I was in college, which just goes to show you that some people never learn. :) We've known each other for so long that we often finish each other's sentences. I've even picked up the phone once or twice when she's called before it even rang. Spooky.

* Julie Raybon: Fellow nerf warrior and role-player, she's the only person I've met whose characters wallow in more angst than mine. This takes some doing, believe me. She is a craftswoman extraordinaire, and all the people at Jo-Ann's Fabrics know her by name. She will try to convince you that she really is *perfectly* sweet, innocent and harmless, but I don't buy it for a second. :)

* Matthew Richardson: The things this man can do with Photoshop are truly impressive, and he is one of the many excellent Amber GMs in the area. He also has one of the most expressive faces that I've ever seen, and giggles like a Japanese school girl.

* Joe Saul: One of those people who seems to know everyone. We all like him, despite the fact that he went to law school. :)

* Wendi Strang-Frost: Wendi is an artist, and another evil Amber GM. She's done the artwork on a couple of different comic books, including the last "Wavedancers" story in Elfquest, not to mention a few commissions that I now have hanging on my walls. :) Check out her home page or "Wavedancers" for examples of her art, or her latest online comic, "Johnny Public."

* Jarrod Van Kirk: Fellow gamer, sewer, and all-around fun person to hang out with. Pity he's allergic to my cats.

* Tony Winkler: And you thought Kramer was a fictional character...

* Dan Winningham: "Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies." He thinks he's Robert of Bruce. He also thinks he's a very good boy. *snicker* Check out his cool beard. What, you can't see it? Well neither can the rest of us, but we like him, so we play along. :)

"The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship." - Ed Howe

The housemate

* Bob Geier: My housemate for two years, in the coolest house I ever rented, he left to go back to school at Notre Dame (a most appropriate place for a vulture), then moved out to Oregon. A wandering spirit, if ever there was one, he recently decided to roost in Ann Arbor again, conveniently when I was looking for a new housemate, and the rest is history.

"A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring." -- La Rochefoucauld

The out-of-state contingent

* Chris Bickford: One of my growing number of friends who lives out in Chicago, fellow gaming and computer geek (although he'll deny it). Hates the Merlin series of Roger Zelazny's Amber chronicles, so you know he can't be half bad. He recently got married, which is less surprising when you learn that he met his wife on the net.

* Paul Estin: Ironically, we almost met several years ago, when a mutual friend suggested that Paul look me up, based on our mutual interest in comic books. One of the few people I know who can actually talk my ear off, as opposed to the other way around.

* Chris and Sarah Kindred: Role-players and big dog lovers, they dwell in the desert known as Las Vegas. I only get to see them at the various AmberCons, which really isn't enough. I'd say they were kindred spirits, but that would be an awful pun. :)

* Ian Ng: I've known Ian for several years, primarily through our interactions at various AmberCons. Don't ever put him together with Sean Frost in a game if you want to maintain a serious tone - together they reach some kind of critical mass for silliness, with hilarious results. If you don't believe me, check out some of their quotes from AmberCon 2000.

* Scott Nolan: I met Scott at an Amber gaming convention in 1999 and had an absolute blast talking to him. Pity he lives in DC. Some of the stories he told had me laughing so hard I almost wet myself. Ask him to tell you the one about the Atomic Sit-up, sometime.

"Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends." -- Arlene Francis
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* Heather Coon: Fellow Bab5 fanatic and BoSox sufferer. She also makes a mean Chicken Teriyaki.

* Troy Wollenslegel: Owner of more cool toys than I could ever even dream of affording, and the creator of "Troy-sequitors". If you have to ask, you don't know Troy. I almost managed to get him to take flying lessons, but he decided to get a new motorcycle instead. :)

"A friend is a present you give yourself." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

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