Hi there fellow RoFers. Its the dog days of summer, basketball talk is all but equivalent to watching paint dry, crack, and peel. We gather here on a regular basis to talk about Bobcats/Hornets basketball and the NBA in general. Sometimes things get weird, but for the most part we all seem to have a good time on this site.
Anyway, I thought it would be nice to get to know some of you beyond basketball ramble, so I'll start with myself.
My name is Daniel, I live in Seattle. I moved to Charlotte in the 4th grade...in fact, I moved there on November 4th, 1988. It was a monumental day, not only in my own childhood, but for the city of Charlotte as well. It was the day the brand new Charlotte Hornets played in their first ever game. From that day forward, basketball was my favorite thing. I begged for a basketball hoop for Christmas that year, and on March 8th, 1989 I got to go to my first game. It was against the Nuggets and we were all the way at the top of the coliseum, in the last row. That team was not very good, but the fans were loud and the city was in a state of madness over them.
Later that year Hurricane Hugo hit on my tenth birthday, and all of the presents I received that year had something "Hugo the Hornet" related. Eventually, I and the Hornets grew up. However, I did not lose my passion and love for them like the rest of the city had. I kept going to games even when the Panthers came to town. I kept going to games even when Zo and LJ and Muggsy and Dell left. I kept going when Bobby Phills died. I kept going when George Shinn lost his mind. I kept going until they stopped playing.
In the years that followed before the Bobcats began, I lost my sense of identity with the city of Charlotte. I moved away to Asheville to be with a girl I liked. I pursued my interests in music, and went off to school to learn how to record and produce music on a professional level. I had ups and downs in the 5 years I lived there, but I still followed the Bobcats and Panthers.
When the proverbial shit hit the fan (economically speaking) in 2008, I decided to move to Seattle...yeah, right when the Sonics skipped town. Didn't matter to me at the time, I was used to being away from my team. I was more focused on getting my career on track in a new town. Seattle had some rough patches for me, but I can say since the Cats started sucking, life has been really great for me...except for the Cats sucking and all...
I envy those of you back there. These are exciting times for Charlotte sports. Even thought I have been away from Charlotte for 10 years, I still feel like I am part of the fabric in that community. It's home to me. Even though most of my friends left long ago, family all moved away. I grew up there, graduated from Myers Park. I went to church there. I was heavily involved with community service there. I miss it, and when the time is right for me and my lady, we will be there again. In fact, we will be there in a couple of weeks cheering on the Panthers as they take on the Seahawks. I will be in town for a couple of days and would be glad to have a beer with some of you fine folks.
So, that's a smidge of my story. I write and record music. I am a video editor by trade, part of a great up and coming company, I have two parakeets named Miso and Ebi, after three years they are still apprehensive about me. Probably because they watch me watch Bobcats and Panthers games on TV... I enjoy hiking and going to desolate beaches. I lived in Ocracoke for a summer. I have been to 47 states, just missing Alaska, Hawaii, and North Dakota. I love astronomy and hiking out to dark places to see stars. I enjoy movies of all sorts. My top 5 favorites are probably Braveheart, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, The Shawshank Redemption, The Bourne Identity. My favorite TV shows are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Lost, Seinfeld, Top Chef. My favorite bands/artists are the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Jack Johnson. I go to Trailblazer games, not too often as Portland is about 3 hours away from me. I got to see Paul McCartney play at Safeco Field a few weeks ago, and then went to Vancouver and saw Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake, which was cool. I go to Mariners games once or twice per year. I have been to one Sounders game, but I don't really care for soccer. I have a great woman in my life who had no interest in sports before she met me and is now a supporter of our teams. She loves Cam and Kemba and MKG. It all started when Gerald Wallace was traded, she could see the pain behind my eyes. It made no sense to her at the time. Although, if you ask her right now, she would probably register as more of a Blazers fan. She loves L.A. and Batum. When Gerald was traded to the Nets, I could see the pain behind her eyes.
Get a little weird. I think it would be cool to hear from you all. What are ya'll into?