Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.

And me? I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment…it lasts forever.

Name: Mike Bleser
Age: 42
Residence: Syracuse, NY
College: SUNY Oswego Major: Information Science, Minor: Computer Science


Marsha and I have been married since 2007. My daughter Cadence was born in 2010, and 2nd daughter Harmony born in 2013. We also have a golden retriever named Blossom.


I’ve been gaming since the Commodore 64 and Atari era and it remains a huge part of my life. Competition is something I thrive on, and without it I grow restless. I’m also big into board games, dabble in airsoft, love music and playing the piano, appreciate a good beer, and enjoy camping and people watching.


The key to happiness for me is to always have something to look forward to, and always be working towards accomplishing something.

Unusual fact

I was in the movie Billy Bathgate as an extra, and while on set kissed Nicole Kidman. One day I’ll detail the experience on this blog.