Yeah, kind of a goofy screen name, but i'm used to it. I've had it in some version for almost 15 years now. It's a mish mash of my initials, high school nick and the letter Q which was necessary because all the versions of jakal are always taken it seems.
I'm 53+ years old... the oldest mod on duty I believe. I existed on AMT back in the bad old days, although I never enjoyed the Wild West atmosphere and general dog eat dog tone that existed there. I joined the TMF very,very early, same day as dvnc I believe and have been fortunate to watch it "grow up" and emerge as (imo) the most prominent forum dealing with our particular paraphilia/fetish in existence. The advent of a community such as this was very precious to me as I had grown up feeling quite "abnormal" and out of touch with much of my peer group. No one else ever talked about what I was interested in and there were only vague references to tickling in some of the big mens magazines and of course our old buddy Dear Abby.
I was a straight A Honor Society type who lettered in many sports and worked a lot after school...no major trouble for my parents or the community...lol. College was fun and an opportunity to explore my fascination with tickling since it was back in the crazy 70's. I majored in business administration after veering off pharmacy after my 3rd chem course derailed that idea!
After school I worked at PepsiCo for a long time in middle management. Good money but not much as far as satisfaction. Eventually I began setting up my own business, having learned how to make mistakes using someone elses money, and at the age of 35 I ventured out on my own, where I've been ever since, owning and operating a variety of things ranging from routes to retail to laundromats. Mostly successful, definitely more fun than being a corporate drone/suit.
The coming of the computer age was a HUGE relief to me as I found "my people" and some sense of camaraderie. It was so nice to know I wasn't the only one "wired" this way!! I'm fairly "out of the closet" with my family about my love of tickling and not very shy about it if someone notices my fascination, but that attitude took a long time and was accelerated by this place!
I still own my own business (currently a restaurant), read a ton of science fiction (yes, Heinlein IS my all time favorite, hence the signature), am a state ranked racquetball player, like to lift weights and work out in general and do a ton of landscaping as I have time. I never have a bad hair day (see picture). I'm about 6' and 190-ish pounds depending on time of year and how much lifting I've been doing.
My first few pre-Mod years I was quite chatty on the forum, perhaps even a bit too much so at times, although I don't *think* I ever became an official problem child. These days I tend to read more and post very little as I like to remain unemotional about people and take being a moderator pretty seriously in that way.
It's not as much fun being a Mod as it might look from out there,btw.
Anyways, feel free to post up here and yak with me. Oh yeah...here's a look at me:
"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax
and get used to the idea."
-- Robert A. Heinlein