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Personal History

08:56 Apr 25 2006
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  • 09 NOV 1974: Michael Leonard Singer is born at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California

  • 1983: Michael sees his father for the last time. It will be 20 years before they reunite

  • 10 JUN 1992: Michael graduates from Herbert Hoover High School with a class of approximately 350 seniors

  • 22 JUL 1992: Michael reports for Basic COmbat Training (US Army) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

  • SEP 1992: Michael begins MOS training (74C, Record Telecommunications Center Operator) at Fort Gordon, Georgia

  • JAN 1993: Michael reports to his first duty assignment: 16th Medical Logistics Battalion (formerly 6th Medical, Supply, Optical, Maintenance Battalion), based out of Camp Carroll, South Korea

  • JAN 1994: Michael reports to his next assignment: Fort Belvoir, Virginia

  • 21 JUL 1996: Michael completes his enlistment and joins the California Army National Guard as a 71L (Administrative Clerk)

  • FEB 1997: Michael meets Michelle for the first time, meeting at a mutual friend's apartment. They become friends

  • APR 1997: Michelle takes Michael to a gay wedding of two of her co-workers. They begin to date seriously shortly afterwards

  • 14 APR 2001: Michael Leonard Singer marries Michelle Lynn Pryor in a small ceremony in the picnic area of Morley Field, near Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Those that attend include Michael's parents, Michael's best man, Michelle's maid of honor, and a friend of Michael from his National Guard unit

  • MAR 2002: Michael is selected to serve as Operations Clerk in support of Operation Noble Eagle (homeland defense). The mission is to mobilize and support INS and Customs operations at the northern and southern borders of the United States. His particular unit is placed in San Diego in charge of the California-Mexico border

  • JAN 2003: Michael completes his National Guard service and signs on for active duty again, this time as a 91W (Health Care Specialist) (aka combat medic). He reports to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for training

  • MAY 2003: Michael reports to his next assignment: 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Drum, New York. He is attached to Charlie Company as a platoon medic

  • JUL 2003: Michael deploys to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom IV

  • APR 2004: Michael returns to Fort Drum

  • 01 JUL 2004:Michael is promoted from Specialist (E-4) to Sergeant (E-5

  • AUG 2004: Michael is attached to Bravo Company to serve as the company's Senior Medic

  • 02 NOV 2004: Michael completes Primary Leadership Development Course

  • 08 NOV 2004: Michael receives a letter informing him that his natural father, Mark Leonard Singer, was looking for him and his siblings. Michael responded and Mark came to Fort Drum to visit. Michael and Mark begin to make up a little for 20 years of no contact. Both men are glad to close that area of their personal history

  • JAN 2005: Michael deploys to Camp Blanding, Florida for urban warfare training, in preparation for deployment to Iraq

  • MAR 2005: Michael deploys to Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Louisiana, in preparation for deployment to Iraq

  • AUG 2005: Michael deploys to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • 01 JAN 2006: Michael is promoted from Sergeant (E-5) to Staff Sergeant (E-6)

  • 27 MAR 2006: Michael joins the Vampire Rave community




My Family

07:49 Apr 25 2006
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This is a photo of mommy (Michelle), daddy (Michael), and baby (Gwendolyn) Singer, taken in February 2010.

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This is the clan. Top Row: Angel (sister's husband), Dennis (stepfather), Christopher (brother), and me (with hair). Bottom Row: Michelle (sister), Ma, Matthew (sister's son), Michelle (wife). This picture was taken in 1998.


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This is the Avila clan, minus daddy, who was away in Iraq when this picture was taken in FEB 2005. Michelle, Matthew, and Angelina.




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This is my oldest cat, Chianna, named for a female character from Farscape. Michelle found out the hard way when she got him wet during a bath. Mazel Tov, it's a boy!


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We got Piper just before I left for Iraq in 2005. She is our little diva.


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Michelle found Pru hiding in a snow bank near our apartment. She was cold, wet, and hungry. So, of course, Michelle took her in and adopted her.



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This is my boy, Leo. We thought he was female as well, since they appear to have the same color scheme as babies. We took a shot and named him Phoebe. It was a few months before I left for Iraq when we figured it out and so we renamed him Leo. He seemed to like that name better, as he started being a little nicer to Michelle after that (lol)




Movies I Enjoy

07:23 Apr 25 2006
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These are some of the movies I enjoy watching numerous times:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (all)

  • Freddy vs. Jason (go Freddy!)

  • Jason X (love the sci-fi tangent)

  • Star Trek (all)

  • The Grudge

  • The Ring

  • The Others

  • Stir of Echos

  • Ghost Ship

  • 13 Ghosts

  • Gothika

  • Underworld (both)

  • Blade (all)

  • Shadow of the Vampire

  • Phantom of the Opera (Lon Cheny)

  • Dracula (Bela Legosi)

  • Dracula (Francis Ford Copola)

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  • A Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Corpse Bride

  • Transformers: The Movie

  • Highlander (all)

  • Toy Story (both)

  • Godzilla (all, especially the later ones)




Television Shows

07:19 Apr 25 2006
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  • WWE Raw is War

  • WWE Smackdown!

  • Star Trek

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

  • Star Trek: Voyager

  • Enterprise

  • Battlestar Galactica (classic)

  • Battlestar Galactica (reinvented)

  • Stargate SG1

  • Stargate Atlantis

  • Charmed

  • Medium

  • Ghost Whisperer

  • Supernatural

  • The Transformers (original)

  • Dark Shadows (classic)

  • Dark Shadows (1990s)

  • Quantum Leap

  • Forever Knight

  • Highlander

  • Scrubs




Musical Interests

07:10 Apr 25 2006
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  • Metal: Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Type O Negative, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Paradise Lost, Disturbed, Drowning Pool, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil

  • Rock: AC/DC, Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, The Eagles

  • Soundtracks: James Horner (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Braveheart, Titanic, Twister

  • Soundtracks: Jerry Goldsmith (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis

  • Soundtracks: John Williams (Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, Hook, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Stage Shows: Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard)

  • Gothic/Industrial (and related genres): Siouxsie and the Banshees, Switchblade Symphony, KMFDM, Ramstein, And One, Cubanate, Apoptygma Berserk, Cruxshadows, Qntal

  • Other: Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Sarah McLachlan, Dead Can Dance, Laurie Anderson




Personal Interests/Hobbies

07:09 Apr 25 2006
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  • Reading and writing supernatural fiction. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good ghost story.

  • Occult-related issues (who isn't, huh?), ie, ghosts, vampires, and those who practice magic

  • As a hobby (meaning, I'm not quite the subject matter expert), I study Judaism and the Kabballah

  • Watching professional wrestling with my wife (watch her sometime when the Undertaker comes on. She goes from sickeningly sweet to bloodthirsty she-devil in a matter of seconds). Who knew WWE could be such a potent aphrodisiac?

  • Huge Godzilla fan from way back (the Toho version, not the "Jurrasic Park" attempt), especially the late 90s/Millenium series entries.





07:07 Apr 25 2006
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Combat medic for the US Army (Staff Sergeant, E-6). Presently serving as an Instructor/Writer for 232nd Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade, Army Medical Department Center & School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The red castle tower recalls the battle of heavily mined areas. Its three battlements represent campaigns for the Aleutians, North Apennines, and Po River Valley. The fountain (a disc bearing wavy blue and white strips) stands for the crossing of the Po River that brought the 87th to the foothills of the Alps. The catamount, or wildcat, represents the fighting spirit, cunning, and aggressiveness of the mountain infantry, while the lance and pennant allude to the province of Bologna, where the unit emerged after fighting its way through the Apennines.

The shield bears a snow-capped mountain to represent both the rigion where the organization first received its specialized training and the normal home of mountain troops. The crossed ski pole and ice ax are some of the tools used by mountain troops, while the horseshoe represents the pack elements of the unit. The single red horseshoe incicates the fact that the 87th Infantry was the first organization of its kind. The motto on the scroll reads "VIRES MONTESQUE VINCIMUS", Latin for "We conquer power and mountains."

Platoon Photos

Here are a couple pictures I took during my deployment. The first one is with B Co 1-87 (the unit I deployed with), taken AUG 2005. The second is with HHC 1-87 )the unit I was reassigned to when I got promoted to Staff Sergeant), taken JUN 2006.




About me

07:05 Apr 25 2006
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This is the part of the profile where I try to describe who I am and what I'm about to you all. I tend to think of myself as the Average Joe, the guy who feels a little more comfortable sliding into the background at parties and watching the festivities. I'm also a little odd in many of my interests (see below). I'm somewhat of a pessimistic cynic at times (but not all the time, or I couldn't be happily married to my lovely lady mlsinger).

I do have a romantic and caring side, which doesn't get out as often as I'd like. I can be a little selfish and egotistical, but I don't get off on being an asshole (at least, not all the time).

That should be enough for now. For the rest, you'll just have to get to know me to make your own judgments...



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