"Hey Dad, could you - oh, you're on TV Tropes. Never mind."Hey, visitors - if you're here, feel free to leave a hello at the bottom of the page! I'm 40, a Troper who lives in Pittsburgh, but born in Toledo Ohio because someone had to be. When not on TV Tropes I'm busy with my wife and three kidlets. I love wikis and the ability to crowd source information for all. I'm the creator and administrator for The Frushour Wiki, my own family's genealogical database. I came to TV Tropes (sometime before 2008) when a friend on Livejournal complained that it was sucking up so much of his time. The first thing I looked up was something that had long bugged me about kid's shows - shows where a character thinks his birthday is forgotten. To my total shock, there it was: Forgotten Birthday. I've been a convert ever since. I love movies, books and some TV. TV shows are far Better on DVD - I prefer my information through a fire hose rather than trickled week by week. I don't really closely follow (but don't have any problems with) Anime, comic books, or fanfiction. My favorite genre is Science Fiction. I prefer the hard end of Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness. A story set on a spaceship does not a scifi story make. I'm also a huge fan of Apocalyptic Fiction - but I don't follow it as much as I used to. Having kids makes the idea of scrounging for necessities rather sour. A show or work is tops to me if it plays with its premise well. Some shows consider the premise to be a backdrop in front of which character development takes place, and I find that annoying. Take Falling Skies, where most of the show is what the characters think of each other and the fact that aliens have invaded is only truly developed in season finales. Then take True Blood — great characters, and the premise that vampires have come out into the open while other, still secret, supernatural beings are dealing with that, intertwines with the characters. Yes, I know my name has "muggle" in it. Yes, I was a big fan of Harry Potter back in the day. The series is over now (the movies are nice, but story's over, folks!), and I've moved on - but the name remains.note While I'm not really into Fan Fiction, I adore Wild Mass Guessing. Just little ideas about a piece of fiction are far more interesting to me than fleshing out a full story. I got yelled at a few times for not running new tropes through YKTTW first, and I do now - but I find it annoying because more often than not when I do no one comments at all on them, positive or negative. I don't hit the forums here much, and don't participate in discussions on guidelines, etc. I trust the Powers That Be - whoever they may be. When a rule comes down I don't like, I live with it. I'm far too busy watching and reading fiction and trying to contribute to the wiki to get caught up in the nuts and bolts. I've never been very good at that and am quite content being a foot soldier. I miss Troper Tales, but I see why it had to go.
—Real quote from my teenage daughter, coming into the room to ask me something, 2013.note
The moment I finish reading/watching a work, I:
I have started the pages for the following Tropes:
And thank you to everyone who has gone on to work on those pages. Each change makes me proud.
The following Useful Notes pages:
Created the pages for the following works:Comics
Live Action TV
Tropes which apply to my life.
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Movies filmed near me
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