So, who is Kelly Adams? I was born in an igloo in Edmonton, Alberta to Margaret (hi, Mom!) at the beginning of 1964. I had lots of different homes in Edmonton during my childhood, so I know the city reasonably well. Only one of my childhood friends persisted into adulthood (greetings, Tim!). I attended McNally Composite High, where I met my two “best friends”, Chris and Jeff. I briefly attended University at the University of Alberta, but withdrew long before I could become educated.
I’m a computer geek of the first magnitude, having worked on everything from Timex Sinclairs to Mainframes. It all started when I saw a movie called Colossus… I now work for the company that, in fiction at least, built that fancy computer in 2001: A Space Odessy (“The HAL series has never made an error or miscalculation”).
I’m also a minor-key trekker, and am naturally a science fiction and fantasy fan. I read The Hobbit starting at the age of six, I, Robot at the age of eight, Dune when I was twelve, Foundation when I was thirteen, and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever when I was fifteen. Naturally, that isn’t all I’ve read 🙂
And, without a doubt, I am a role-playing gamer. I played AD&D since the age of 15 until my late thirties, and still game (albeit in other mediums) today: if you want some ideas as to why, check out my Old Gamer’s Legacy. I also play computer games, having spent a couple of years engrossed in the world of Norrath (EverQuest). I’ve also played Dark Age of Camelot, Asheron’s Call 2, Anarchy Online, EverQuest 2, World of Warcraft and then back to EverQuest 2 again. My wife Irene started playing EQ2 in 2006 and now regularly plays more than I do each week. It is fun having her at my side as we slay dragons..
Since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted animal friends. Allergies and my mobile childhood made this difficult, but now I’m making up for it. I started horseback riding when I was 25, continuing until I was about 35. My horse Topaz taught me a great deal about how to talk to horses during this time.
I met Irene, my wife, soon after I started taking riding lessons. I saw a smart, attractive lady who looked great in riding breeches, she saw a guy who had a steady job and could sit on a horse without looking awkward. It was love at first sight 🙂 We’ve been married now for over eighteen years: I’ve kept my job, and Irene still looks great in riding pants…
In 2000 I took advantage of an opportunity to relocate to the West Coast. I gave up Topaz, whom I was no longer riding actively, and we moved our seven cats and Irene’s horse Spirit out here. My wife and I now live in the Lower Mainland of B.C., a place I love more and more each year. And I never thought I’d leave Edmonton…well, you just never know, do you?
The rest continues to change daily…