Tropers: Pittsburghmuggle

Yep, I'm pretty spacey.note 

"Hey Dad, could you - oh, you're on TV Tropes. Never mind."
—Real quote from my teenage daughter, coming into the room to ask me something, 2013.note 

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.

The moment I finish reading/watching a work, I:

  1. Read the Wikipedia entry on it.
  2. Follow the link to the Internet Movie Database entry (not for books, obviously) and read that (Primarily Trivia and Goofs).
  3. Read/Create the TV Tropes entry and do any editing/adding that needs to be done.

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.

This Index:

The following Useful Notes pages:

  • Mensa (I've been a member since I was 10.)
  • Toledo, Ohio (Born there.)
  • Pornography (There hasn't been a page and I felt there should be - after all you can talk about pornography without actually talking about porn - people don't seem to get that. I had read a fair amount on the subject and gave it a shot.)

Created the pages for the following works:

Live Action TV
  • Bella Dancerella (I was stuck on the couch with a fractured kneecap when my daughter started watching it, I had to do something!)

Video Games
Western Animation
  • The Dot And The Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (My favorite quote of all time is from this.)
    "Freedom is not a license for chaos"
  • Peppa Pig (With the help of my daughter!)

Tropes which apply to my life.

  • Almighty Janitor: I'm a front desk attendant with a genius-level IQ. While my physical collar may be white, trust me it's blue.
  • Cursed with Awesome: I'm tall. Everyone wishes they were tall - trust me, you don't.
  • Extroverted Nerd: HI! I'M KEVIN!!! WHOOP-WHOOP! AARDVARKS!
  • Deadpan Snarker: I usually keep a tight lid on it, but it can creep out.
  • Doting Parent: Three kidlets! Love 'em!
  • The Eighties and The Nineties. They're my generation. Started elementary school in 1979, graduated from high school in 1992. Got married in 1999.

My favorite tropes to follow:

Movies filmed near me

  • Abduction filmed right in front of my workplace. Sadly I work nights and only got to see them set up.
  • The Dark Knight Rises also filmed in front of my workplace. Again I only got to see them set up, but I got some great pictures of the Gotham SWAT vehicles. As I left work, a Gotham Police car was behind me at a stop light. I had fun pretending I was about to be pulled over by the Gotham Police.
  • Jack Reacher was filming at a house two blocks from my house!!! (Around the corner from my in-laws!) I was so excited! Sadly the only part I could tell was the house was when the SWAT team kicks the door in at the beginning of the movie. You can see the awning outside as the SWAT team enters. Still - I've taken my kids trick-or-treating at that house!

You may leave a note on my page here: