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Since I was last on WDC, a lot has happened. Some good, some not so much.
         Well, I'm not really sure where to begin, nor what specifics to get into. I thought I'd just use the K. I. S. S. principle, and see what goes from there. First, there will be a few self-descriptors, followed by a short account of what's happened since I was last on the site.

         Formerly, I was known here on WDC as the screennames, DreadStorm, TheDread, and some variations. However, throughout the internet, I am still the original DreadStorm before the name was pirated or stolen. Now, everyone and their brother wants to use it, it seems.

         I am a retired IT technician. Before health issues arose, I had intended to make a full Enterprise-level network in my house. Unfortunately, for reasons described below, that project was scrapped. I own about 9 computers and four laptops, and enough junk to build about a dozen more desktops. I am one with a black-and-white perspective on a number of issues and topics, and I'm generally unbending on them. I love to learn new things - that's never changed - and I recently quit smoking. I am heavily sarcastic, often accused of being an asshole. I'm not afraid of using colorful language, and I seem to have this odd satisfaction when I catch someone off-guard with a witty comment.

         Allow me to describe my political overview. If you were to take a ruler, the six-inch mark would be centrist, 12-inch mark would be a right-winger, and 1 would be Leftist. You'd find me around at about at the ten-inch mark. I'm a solid conservative, with a few liberal viewpoints. Basically, I vote conservative, but I really don't like the current Darth Cheeto. With the available candidates out there, I recently was forced to skip voting altogether. And it's looking like I'll be doing the same thing again this time around.

         Now, before you go off on a tangent, remember what George Carlin once said: "Everybody complains about politicians. ...But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. No, they come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and they’re elected by American voters.This is the best we can do, folks. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote - who did not even leave the house on Election Day - am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created."

         I spent the past several years - after leaving WDC - by "picking fights" on such venues as YouTubeless, Fartbook, Twatter, and others. Not in the physical aspect, of course, but in debates. A vast majority which I've won, I might add - but that's beside the point. It taught me a great deal about various cults and religions, and combined with my own personal experiences, I was pretty much a terror to the ignorant. But after a few years of that, I decided I'd had enough with being contentious, and began to focus on bettering myself and those around me.

         By the time I ended my last presence on WDC, I was working for BMW (the car manufacturer) in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Plant 10, AKA MCBMW1, QT59407 - if anyone else has ever worked for them. I was there from 2008 through 2013.

         After that contract ended, I moved on to other contracts; some long, some short. But about five years ago or so, I broke it off with my then live-in girlfriend of 12 years, and lit out to Arkansas, where my nephew pretty much rescued me. I was there for about 6 months, worked for the Arkansas Department of Health for a while. That one was a wild ride, I can tell you. Anyway, when I left there, I went back down to Mobile, Alabama, my second-favorite place ever. Well, it used to be. That was about a 19-month nightmare. Everyone I ever knew there had either died, lost their minds (Alzheimer's or other dementia) or moved away, so I was kinda stuck.

         So I left Mobile again, for the last time. Lord willing, I won't be returning. But I then came to Oregon, where after a year, I was married - finally, for the first time - to someone 2 days younger than I am. But here is where things got dark very quickly.

         Less than a month after the wedding, I had a heart attack. This resulted in an Aortic dissection Type-A, and a double-bypass CABG surgery. Kicker was, I had bad reactions to various chemicals and "medicines" they jammed into me. I was out of it for over a month, and wouldn't wake up. I died twice - full, complete death - during the ordeal. I suffered some brain damage, too. Large chunks of memory are gone, among other issues. On the bright side of that, I'm not quite as bad an asshole as I used to be. Seems something of a personality shift had occurred.

         Various appendages went necrotic and I lost toes and a thumb, as a result. I have third-degree burn scars all over my right arm from one reaction. After waking up, it took a ful 18 months and more to recover. I still hover around 70% health. Due to the dissection, I am still at risk of dropping dead any minute, without warning. This dissection is the same thing that killed John Ritter. I am one of only 2% of victims that survive it.

         So like I said in my Bio, I know my time is limited. Therefore, I'm doing the only thing left that I can do: Write. Hopefully, I can leave something positive, give a smile, illicit a "wow" or otherwise make a positive impact on someone else.
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