Location and surroundings
(Hanover, MD): - Less than a mile from the BWI Airport &
Amtrak station. - Miles of woods & streams connecting to Patapsco
State Park. - Abandoned houses & underground facilities (bunkers?).
- Industrial parks full of warehouses & factories. - Lakes, ponds,
train tracks, tunnels, bridges, farms.
What I did for
fun (age 5 to 15): - Raced plastic tractors & trucks or
tank-like wooden go-carts, some with skateboard trucks for wheels &
steering. - Rode bikes (usually "borrowed" for the day) from
BWI to Annapolis & then back, for no reason. - Stole bags of golf
balls from Friendship Park to hit with a bat off my roof into the neighborhood
at night, to hear glass break & car alarms go off. - Ran as fast
as we could toward lightning during bad storms to see who had bigger balls.
- Built tree-forts, lit fires, caught frogs, lizards, fish, snakes, &
mice. Shot hundreds of glass bottles with my rifle. - Broke into satellite
testing areas to skateboard inside the giant dishes for a few hours.
- Made "bullet-proof vests" out of my collection of National Geographic
magazines & shot BB Guns at each other. - Made fireworks to blow
apart dead animals, abandoned houses, or cars in the junkyard. - Played
cat & mouse with DNR by doing donuts on four wheelers & dirt bikes
all over their marijuana crops. - Climbed radio towers that stretch beyond
anything you could see just to chill and get away. - Spent hours &
sometimes days on graffiti projects under bridges and sides of buildings.
- Found cars that worked (or fixed them) in the junkyard to crash into each
other, race, or jump ramps onto other cars with. - Explored unusually
hard to break in to abandoned houses of ex-military personnel left completely
furnished & untouched since the 70s. - Played video games, plus poker &
Monopoly games that lasted days in my OCD "museum kept" room.
In my "downtime" of Social Interaction: I
read books. A lot of books. At 1st about animals & insects, then of
the human brain. Much of which, being so young, I didn't understand.
So I wrote notes. Well, more like questions that every few years I'd
look through and see if I had yet come across the answer. My fascination
with symbols & secret knowledge started about age 7 when I'd leave
cryptic notes on friends' doors to decode & find me.