Bugger, I guess its time I got around to posting! I've read through this whole post on two occasions with the express purpose of figuring out if I've posted something heretofore.
Name's Nic as one might be led to believe, 28, been married about 8 years, have a sweet (and somewhat crazy) almost-two-year-old daughter. I work as an IT jack-of-all-trades for a small manufacturing company in Kansas City. Do a lot of work with USB camera development, which is rather fun. Originally hail from Pasadena, CA, and half of my wife's and half of my family are still moored out there, so we enjoy visiting every other year or so.
Hobbies include brewing...in that respect I was heavily influenced by Charlie Papazian, whose books were the first ones I read on homebrewing, and thus I am much more an experimental homebrewer that tries really weird ideas like wheat beer/cider hybrids, fortified meads, smoked beers of all kinds, and basically anything weird and strange interests me. Some have been great, some have been learning experiences! Also cooking is a big hobby, and I haunt the cooking boards here. I used to enjoy shooting and gunsmithing related stuff a bit, haven't done much in the past few years thanks to cost of the hobby.
Music would be the other hobby...mostly working as a bassist (in between gigs at the moment, outside of a weekly church gig) and prefer jazz/funk/r&b, but have played gone back and forth between guitar and bass as my primary instrument, depending on what's needed when. Have built a half-dozen guitars and basses for myself and others, but that's another hobby that's gone by the wayside due to expense!
Lastly, am a committed Anglophile who reluctantly admits that, had I been born 250 years ago, I might very well have been counted among the Loyalists on this side of the pond, though with the blessings of hindsight I'm rather pleased to be born here rather than there! Great fan of Python, Douglas Adams, and particularly P.G. Wodehouse, and the various works of Fry and Laurie (including the Blackadder series) still amuse me. Throw W.C. Fields movies in there as well, something I inherited from my father's family.