Christopher Snider, A Consequence of HypoglycemiaPost #1
I'm a son. Hi Mom, Hi Dad.
I'm a brother. (waves to sister). I pester because I care. I am her biggest supporter and fiercest advocate. And even though she's enrolled in a Graduate Program at the University of Maryland (see below), I know she is on her way to BIG THINGS. Watch Out World.
I'm a Hokie. I have an 'Alumni' License Plate Frame. I have a Virginia Tech sticker for my rear windshield. I have a Hokie Bird sticker for part of the rear window that doesn't roll down. I have a Hokie Bird Headcover for my Nike SQ Sumo 5000. I look GREAT in Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange. I know that you do not come into my house and expect to win on a Thursday Night when ESPN stops by. Metallica's "Enter Sandman" stimulates my calf muscles (at least through the intro) into a jumping frenzy.
I'm a Blogger. I've only been doing this for half a year, but posting every week day has given me a special kind of purpose. I've connected with so many people through my thoughts and words. I think I almost have a faithful audience now. I still get *those looks* when I mention that I have a blog. But I feel fairly certain that those that visit my blog for the first time are quickly converted into true believers. I'm not the best, but I learning. Everyone has a voice worth hearing, I've chosen to use the Internet to host mine.
I'm a Writer. What once was a weekly diversion into gaming has now become a featured article on TalkingAboutGames(.com). I'm not looking for a Pulitzer or anything, but I think at this point it's safe to say that I've upgraded from blogging to writing. Which, considering my academic career, is one of life's greatest ironies. No chance Mr. Kraner would have expected any of this from me. But he was kind of a dick.
I'm a Podcaster. It's a new endeavor, part of my evolution from blogger to writer. Being a part of the TalkingAboutGames(.com) Community Team has opened a door to new and exciting possibilities as I develop my voice, both in text and now in speech.
I'm a Gamer. I go way back. NES, SEGA Genesis, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii. Even various forms of the GameBoy, PSP, and my iPod Touch for mobile use. I will be a gamer until my thumbs fall off, as morbid as that sounds. Even as Grandpa Chris, don't think I'll be holding back in Call of Duty 16 just because we're family. If you pick up the sticks, you better be ready to do work.
I'm a tad bit obsessive. Those of you that know me know that I demand order and organization. My clothes are arranged per the Rainbow's Roy G. Biv setup, my DVDs are arranged alphabetically, as are my Blu-Rays my (yes) HD-DVDs, and all of my video games. All of my MP3s (acquired legally) have a specific naming scheme that must be applied before being transferred to my iPod.
On rare occasions, I'm a Golfer. For at least one shot per round, I know what I'm doing out there on the golf course. That one shot brings me back for another round of golf. That one shot somehow convinces me that I might know what I'm doing. If only I could start to string together multiple "shots", then we're talking.
Funny, not one of those "I'm a" mentioned Diabetes, eh? As much as this thing is a part of me, it's not the only part of me. Diabetes is not the defining characteristic of my core. Diabetes is not the first thing out of my mouth when I introduce myself to someone new. Diabetes is important, but it shares the spotlight with my other defining traits, both good and bad.
We all talk about not letting Diabetes win. We talk about having lives outside of Diabetes. We talk about not getting caught up in the day-to-day grind that we have lived with for days, weeks, years, decades, lifetimes. It is important to remember that there is more to life than Diabetes, even though remembering Diabetes is important to our lives.
Christopher Snider, A Consequence of Hypoglycemia
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