I'm originally from San Bernardino(Rialto), CA., but my home for the time being is Saint Paul, MN. I teach math at a community college in Minneapolis. I enjoy reading, playing with my two dogs Junior and Shadow,  walking, and watching NFL football.    My brother(oldmetrodome) taught me to play when I was a teenager, but I really started playing more when one of my sisters(Zweita) bought me an electronic game. I've been playing here on chess.com since Aug. of '07 and I think I've improved quite a bit from playing many different players with different styles.  I usually play either d4 or e4 until I get bored and I try a few other classic openings.