was born on April 28, 1979 at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. I'd
survived a prenatal car crash that put my mom in the hospital. It was to
be the first of many car crashes in my life...most of the other ones
occurred within the first few years of getting my driver's license. One
near-miss car accident involved me rolling down the driveway in my
parents' truck, straight towards the lake across the street.
I spent my first few years in Glen Este, OH just east of Cincinnati.
I was joined in 1983 by my sister Kim and in 1985 by my twin sisters
Steph and Kate. As the oldest, and the only boy, I made it my duty to
prevent excessive girlishness in the family. Barbie dolls had their body
parts ripped off. Kim's favorite doll had her face squished repeatedly
until it no longer popped back out. Harry the Bunny had all of his fur
ripped out. My grandmother, however, took pitty on Harry and Steph and
patched things up a little...Today you can find Harry sewn into a fur
suit the approximate color and texture of his head and legs. Instead,
the Comisar girls were directed to join me and the neigborhood kids. It
was usually the four Comisars against the neighborhood, or Katie and I
against Kim and Steph. Even though Steve would like to claim fatherly
wisdom, I'd like to think I might be slightly more responsible for their
superior sports accomplishments today.
I developed a love for games early in life. At age 3, I was
fascinated with my Mom's Atari 2400. Unbeknownst to me at that
age, Pac man did not have an end boss... or an end for that
matter. I moved from Atari, to commodore 64, to Nintendo, to Super Nintendo,
etc. When I was a kid I would visit grandma's house and play gin
rummy, yahtzee, scrabble, and jigsaw puzzles (in addition to
"playing" with my cousins Jeremy and Jackie which sometimes
drove my grandparents nuts [things sometimes got out of hand]).
Me wowing my sisters Kim (in pink) and Steph with my computer gaming
skills [now all I need are bow-fighting skills and Nun chuck skills]
The kippah in this picture is ridiculously huge. I've scaled up
since this picture and the kippot have scaled down.
In Jr. High my best friend who had moved away to Maryland, Aaron
Skrivanek, came back to Cincy. He introduced my friends and me to
a card game called Magic the Gathering. I've been playing ever
since. While some of my friends (Aaron Norton, Steve Chung, Todd
Sostaric) played casually, Matt Davenport showed me true tourney style
Magic. This kind of Magic soon became stressful so I temporally
took a Magic hiatus. I found out that my co-op boss at ENSR
also had a casual Magic group. I started hanging out with them on
the weekends and it renewed my interest in Magic. In Michigan, I
have found some people to play Magic with (Ben Gould, Aaron Zima, Dylan
Heldsinger, and Morgan Burns). My newest Magic concoctions can be
found here. A note to Matt, these decks are for FUN. It
may sound appalling but not all cards are optimal; In fact some cards are
thrown in for flavor.
It was also in Jr. High that I made friends with fellow saxophone
players Grant Smiley and
Tom Herbort. I went from saxophone to
bass clarinet and now I'm slowly trying to learn the guitar. I
also sing in the temple choir... though nothing will replace the concert
band days of yore.
In High School I also met one of the nicest most responsible people
in the world, Trevor Shibley. He likes to hang out with hopelessly
irresponsibles (a trend which he continues to this day). He's a
lighting tech wizard and an all purpose fix-it guy. After High
School, I went to University of Cincinnati, where I met my now very
pregnant wife Wendy (who also thinks I'm irresponsible). Currently
I am at University of Michigan working on my Ph. D. I work in the
area of Environmentally-friendly Reactions in High-Temperature
Water. See an abstract to my first published paper here.
If you're not a Green Chemistry subscriber, you can get your very own
copy for only 20 pounds (though I doubt people are beating down their
door). Ann Arbor is an
awesome place. I spend time nowadays playing basketball, soccer,
disc golf, Magic the Gathering, and Playstation 2 if there is any other free time.
Is it just me, or does it look like I don't have any pants on in this
picture. Yeah, its probably just me.
Nope, Wendy just commented that it looked like I don't have any pants
before reading the caption..... then again maybe we're both wierdos.