Last Updated April 23, 2003
Greetings, salutations, so on and so forth. If you're expecting fancy borders, nice pictures, and other such accoutrements, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. There are a few reasons for this. The first and least important reason is that this is my first attempt at making a web page, so you'll forgive me if I start out easy. The second reason is speed – I hate it when I have to wait forever for a page to load because of all the bells & whistles, so at least for now I'm keeping them to a minimum.
The most important reason was best summarized by Sam Brown of the Washington Post on 01/26/1977 when he said "Never offend someone with style when you can offend them with substance." Which is not to say I'm purposely trying to offend anyone (far from it), but if it comes down to me being right or you being offended, sorry about your luck. Either way, I'm far more concerned with content than appearance. That doesn't mean appearances are unimportant, but that I believe in keeping priorities straight.
Since the vastest majority of you don't know me, an introduction is in order. As stated above, my name is Tom Huskey – and yes, it's spelled like the dog, not the pants size. I'd be categorized as SWCM in the personal section of the newspaper. I live in New Miami, Ohio. I spent my last two years of high school at the D. Russell Lee JVS, and consider myself to have graduated from there as opposed to my home school for various reasons.
I consider myself an author, but I work in a "regular" job to pay the bills (because there's no way I could make a living for what I'm being paid as an author right now). I am a Christian – and have been since 3 days before my eighth birthday. I have a number of hobbies, not the least of which is that I'm an avid gamer. You'd be surprised how many people believe those last two points are mutually exclusive; speaking for myself, I’m disappointed that’s the case.
Name: Tom Huskey
Age: "I'm as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth." (Miracle on 34th Street).
The last time I checked that was 32 years old.
Height: "If I stand tall, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants."
According to my last physical, I stand 6'2".
Weight: Can I get away with saying "more than I should?" No? Okay, 245 lbs, and it isn’t muscle. Actually, most of it is a noticeable pot-belly – I’ve been described as looking permanently seven-months pregnant.
Hair: Brownish blond.
Eyes: Brownish brown.
Occupation: MIS Night Operations at an unnamed factory in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. I usually describe my job as being “The computer version of a janitor – I do the jobs that can’t be done while other people are there.”
Career: Fledgling author. I write enough that I really can't call it a hobby, but I don't get paid for it often enough to call it a job or occupation either.
Religious affiliation: "I love the Lord too much to be religious."
Church affiliation: I attend the Hamilton Dream Center.
Marital Status: Terminally single.
Primary vice: Comic books, although I'm hardly what you'd call a fanboy. Truth is, I have grown to realize that comics share something in common with soap operas: once you have begun to care about these characters, they never truly get out of your blood.
Four words that best describe me: Deep, Open, Honorable, & Real. (Honesty is part of honor)
Absolute Biggest Dislike: Hypocrisy in any way, shape, or form. The example I hate the most is people who claim to be Christians but have no empathy for the lost ("God may have accepted you just as you were, but OUR standards are higher."). The example I seem to run into the most are women that complain about how guys want them for their bodies instead of their minds, yet act incapable of returning the favor.
Second Biggest Dislike: Victim syndrome/mentality. I find the variant of this where people almost go out of their way to do whatever they want and then blame God for the consequences particularly annoying.
Far-And-Away Biggest Dislike I Have About Myself: I'm too critical. Bet you didn't notice...
My Mottos: Yes, mottos. I've yet to find a single statement that sums my beliefs up.
#1 -- Jesus is the Answer. The question is irrelevant.
#2 -- I am Me. If you can't handle that, the problem is on your end.
#3 -- It's never so good it can't get better; it's never so bad it can't get worse. Therefore always be content, yet never satisfied.
#4 -- I hate to break it to you, but life sucks -- especially if you're not watching out for the straws.
#5 -- Offending people is not my intention, but if it comes down to me being in the right or you being offended, sorry about your luck.
Corollary to #5 -- Some people NEED offending.
Favorite Secular Quote: "Never offend with style when you can offend with substance."
Sam Brown of the Washington Post, January 26, 1977.
Hobbies: Perhaps it is an outgrowth of the type of work I have generally done for a living (my current job gives new meaning to the phrase "hurry up and wait") and my general "indoorsy" nature, but I have always maintained a wide variety of interests. My primary secular hobby is that I'm an avid gamer (cards, board, RPG, wargame, computer, etc.).
As mentioned above, I still read comics. Over the last several years, I've picked up the habit of going to see movies by myself (that way I don't have anyone telling me to quit picking the movie to death). Although I don't read much in the way of secular fiction, I do read quite a bit of non-fiction -- I'm something of a news junkie.
Favorite Worship Song: I don't know the name or author, but it goes like this –
I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you; oh my soul, rejoice.
Take joy my King, in what You hear.
May it be a sweet, sweet sound, in your ears.
Sweet, Holy Spirit. Sweet, heavenly dove.
Stay right here with us, filling us with your love.
And for these blessings we lift our hearts and praise.
Because without a doubt we'll know
that we have been redeemed, when we shall leave this place.
Favorite Secular Song: Track 3 of the soundtrack to the movie The Phantom.
Favorite Book: Weird as it sounds, I'm partial to the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. It's a long story, so let's just say it was in the right place at the right time.
Favorite Fictional Book: The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan. The Pilgrim's Regress, by C. S. Lewis, runs a close second.
Favorite Secular Book: The Dilbert Principle, by Scott Adams. The book that 'woke me up' and made me realize I was being played for a patsy at a previous job, and led in no small way to my decision to begin taking my writing seriously. And not because he was such an inspiring writer either, so don’t take this as an endorsement.
Favorite TV Show: Currently, I don’t catch any show often enough to call it a favorite. I tend to watch a lot of History Channel.
Least Favorite TV Show: Little House on the Prairie.
Side Comment About Me & TV: I call it the kiss of death – almost without exception, any fictional show I like either gets canceled in the first season or is radically changed in the second season (Nowhere Man and Snowy River: The McGregor Saga being examples of each). Any show I utterly despise almost invariably becomes popular (Friends, Beverly Hills 90210, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman are good examples).
Favorite Movies: The Empire Strikes Back STILL holds the honor of being the only time a movie has ever genuinely surprised me (as opposed to shocking me). Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is in my less-than-humble opinion vastly better than any of the live-action Bat-flicks. I will always remember Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade as the first time I ever saw my mother bust a gut laughing. Finally, I couldn't call myself an unrepentant Phantom buff without listing the movie of the same name.
Least Favorite Movies: There are three times that, after seeing a movie, I've had to ask God's forgiveness not only for buying the ticket but wasting the time spent. Those movies are Batman & Robin, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Godzilla. Street Fighter was at least so bad it was funny…
Honorable Mention Movies: I haven’t paid attention to the Oscars ever since Beauty & The Beast didn't get Best Picture. I feel the original Batman movie (the one with Adam West & Burt Ward) is better than the rest of the live-action Bat-flicks. The Undefeated is one of the few westerns I can tolerate.
Favorite Comic Strips (in descending order): The Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes, Dilbert, and Hagar The Horrible. None of the local papers carry The Phantom, unfortunately.
Favorite Web Comic: Nodwick (www.nodwick.com) is way out in front.
Favorite Active Comic Book Series: Right now, Ruse (Crossgen) is first with Sojourn (Crossgen) coming in 2nd. Green Lantern and JLA used to be on this list, but I can barely stomach the new writers.
Favorite Comic Books, Period: Kingdom Come was a taste of what the medium is capable of, although it uses the term "God" far too loosely. The Ray Annual is my personal favorite single issue. JLA #5-9 (the Zauriel & Key stories) were extremely good. Finally, the X-books have never been able to follow up the Age Of Apocalypse storyline (in fact, I stopped picking them up about three years ago).
Favorite Board Game: RoboRally. Personally, I like this game better than Richard Garfield's better known contribution to gaming, although I know I'm in the minority there. It's as close to a perfect board game as I've ever played.
Favorite Computer Game: Civilization 2. All things told, this is probably among the best ways I've ever spent $40 bucks. I doubt very seriously if you combined the amount of time I've spent playing every other computer game (except the original Civilization and EverCamp – I mean, EverQuest) it would equal the amount of time I've spent on this monster.
Most Disappointing Computer Game: Civilization 3. That it beats out EverCrack and Ultimate Victim Online (UO) should tell you something.
Favorite ROLE-Playing System: SAGA.
Favorite Role-PLAYING System: The Hero System, Fifth Edition (also known as FREd).
Favorite Physical Sport to Watch: American Rules Football. My four favorite NFL teams (no particular order) are the Patriots, Eagles, and whoever is playing the Cowboys this week. I have what is best described as "soft spots" for the Chiefs, Seahawks, Colts, Packers, Dolphins, and the Rams (which replaced Tampa Bay when they fired Dungy). And yes, there's a reason I don't like the Bengals; if you’re actually from SW Ohio you probably know why.
Favorite Physical Sport to Play: Volleyball. This is the only physical sport I have even the slightest bit of confidence in my ability to play it (although I'm currently rusty). The only reason it isn't my favorite sport to watch is that it's hard to get volleyball on TV around here that doesn’t involve women in bikinis.
Gaming Consoles: I’ve owned either 2 or 3 consoles in my life – depending on whether or not you count the Sega Game Gear (which I mostly used as a TV) as a console. The other two are an Atari 2600 I bought in a yard sale around the time the NES came out, and my XBox. I’ve been disappointed with the quality of the XBox games I’ve tried to date.
Gaming PC’s: I have two – my “work” model and my “home” machine. The work PC is rather old and is currently experiencing an odd sound-related bug that keeps me from playing a number of games. The home PC is sweet, but my work schedule keeps me from playing at home much.