An Introduction (that should have been first?)

Hello, Ladies and Gents

First off, I really, REALLY appreciate you all coming to read my stuff like this.  I know you don’t have to, but I still want to say thank you for doing so.  

While I was going over topics to talk about here, I realized something.  I realized that I had not really introduced myself on here like I should have.  I know a lot of you that are reading these early posts are friends of mine and that you probably already know all this information (and thanks for listening to me babble on BTW), but this is for those of you who don’t know me really.  To get things started, here’s the nitty gritty on ol’ CNB (CAUTION: I may get a little deep and emotional here)…

My name is Brandon, I’m 28 years old, and I like to talk (when I get to know you…).  I love video games, sci-fi and fantasy movies/television, card and board games, writing, and sports of different varieties.  I have a sister and a brother (who passed away 5 years ago), a loving mom whom I don’t give enough credit in raising me, and a lot of aunts and uncles and cousins who made my life growing up just a little bit easier than it could’ve been. I grew up in a single-parent household, and I have been the man of the house for most of my pre-teen-to-adult life.  It wasn’t easy, but it had to be done and I wasn’t going to rely on someone else to come in and do it.  I have some amazing uncles and aunts (one who has passed away) that did everything they could to help me along and make me a better person and take care of the ones closest to me.  I am also the oldest child in my immediate family, so there is some (almost implied) responsibility that I also had to take on.  My childhood wasn’t easy, but I’m glad it wasn’t because it help make me the (hopefully) responsible and awesome adult I am today.

I have some of the best friends in the world, who check in and make sure I am getting through life okay.  They would do anything for me and I would do the same for them, and we all know it.  We have (mostly) common interests and geek out about the same things.  We can look at something and instantly know if the others would smile, or cry, or die of uncontainable hilarity when we see it.  We are there for each other when we are down and out, and celebrate when we reach new highs.  We are a fun (if not always politically correct) bunch.  

For some not-so-cheery info, I do suffer from clinical depression.  It has been something I have been battling for a long while, which I finally decided to do something about and seek professional help.  I have always wanted to be more productive with my writing, and getting help has finally given me the drive to hunker down and just start doing it.  I will do my best to keep you guys informed if I’m going to be a little light on content when I am going through… things.  Anyone with some form of depression knows that there are just days where we can’t function, sometimes even make the effort to get out of bed, and those days will come.  They are fewer and farther between, but they still happen, and I will keep you guys in the loop on things going on.  Just writing all of this is helping power through some darker thoughts that I have had recently, and my hope is that writing consistently will help with these issues more.  

Details on my job are not important.  If I know you personally, you know what I do.  I like my job, it pays the bills, and still gives me enough free time to do what I want within reason of having an adult job.  If I’m lucky, one day I’ll be doing this writing/blogging/video blogging thing as a full-time career.  Until then, I’m happy where I’m at.  Nuff’ said.

A Few of My Favorite Things:  Mac n’ Cheese (homemade, not that box s***), Mass Effect and Red Dead Redemption, professional wrestling (It’s still real to me, damn it…), Magic: The Gathering (see previous post), novelty and graphic T-shirts, not eating Chipotle with a fork (but with the chips), and when my cat tries to lay on my head everytime I sit in my favorite chair…

Okay that last one is a lie.

Sorry I’m rambling…

Holy crap its 4am.  I’m going to bed.  Good night guys, thanks for reading!