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Remembering that you might get tired, be warned if you read the following, you'll have to commit for a long read. Hello. My name is Adam Moss, aka User:Mitchazenia. I am a nine-year editor of the English Wikipedia (since November 2, 2005) and an admin for seven of those years (since January 2, 2008). I am an administrator on the Wikimedia Commons as well. I am a board member, and the unofficial, but yet official, caterer for Wikimedia New York City. A job I enjoy, spending hundreds of dollars yearly on food just so we can feed the brains of editors. I do various writings on different topics on the English Wikipedia, from where I started in 2005, the Tropical cyclones, roads (specifically New York), and my focus on the Erie Railroad. I am an accomplished (not monetary) photographer of roads and railroads, many of which can be seen in the commons category next to this description. Note that some of these were taken when my skills were less accomplished.
I am a weird Wikipedian. Yes I have the admin tools for two projects, but I have some really lackluster statistics when it comes to the idea of how much I've actually used them. Just look at the table next to this drab biography. I am a very vocal person when it comes to citation formatting, because when I review articles, I really rip citation formats to pieces because I want accuracy and detail. I am not very template oriented, being I can't ever seem to do much correctly. (Hell, I am still learning HTML for websites). I avoid them like the plague if ever possible. I also have had issues in the last five years about the idea of adapting to new technology on Wikipedia, and am starting to really lose my interest in the Foundation's interest in the future look of this site (hell, look at the greeting message.) I used to use AutoWikiBrowser, and stopped. When Twinkle and Huggle became insanely popular, I got really sick of the technology, and when it came to Rollback, I just said no. Hell I have a script that removes the rollback tools from my view. I also still use Monobook. Vector looks fine as a backup, but please, Monobook > Vector forever. With the addition of Wikidata, I've now defined the term "Foundation trash" and refuse to step anywhere near it. I just like the way it was and is. Come 2020, and I'm still like this, then it is.
I am a graduate student and graduate assistant of History at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois starting August 24, 2015, and will be making my first pay ever ($943/mo) and working towards my Masters in History. From 2009 to 2013, I was at Middlesex County College, getting an A.A. in Education and A.A. in History on May 16, 2013. As an alumnus, I helped publish a book on the 50th Anniversary of the college. From September 2013 to May 15, I was a student at the State Normal School at Montclair, getting a B.A. in History with a 3.56 GPA, allowing me to graduate with honors for the first time in my entire educational career on May 20, 2015.
I was originally born at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York (the Queens section) some years ago, and was originally raised a co-op just off the Cross Island Parkway. When my father's company moved from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Kenilworth, New Jersey, we picked up and moved out of New York to a small borough of 14,000 people (13,982 if you ask the 2010 Census, but who's counting?) called Highland Park until October 2014, when they moved up to Tonawanda, New York while I kept my locale here in New Jersey.
I am a history buff by nature, and spend a lot of time doing worthless research to get little gain in the short-term. Usually it has long term gain. I am aspiring to be given official position to write the Middlesex County College institutional history, and am intending to be on the college's 50th Anniversary Committee as an alumnus in 2013–14. As mentioned, I do a lot of photography, but I travel with my father and friends around in cars photographing roads and train stations throughout the northeast, as I've visited nearly 1000 stations and photographed over 750. The Erie Railroad is a specialty of mine, and for a time was trying to help rescue a station that was on the verge of demolition in Leiters Ford, Indiana. Unfortunately, those efforts failed miserably. It happens.
I'm not a perfectionist, and I don't have top of the line camera equipment, but since when does a point and shoot camera, a tripod and an insane paranoia for the authorities or getting yelled at not be a fun thing to work with. I am an avid player of Magic: The Gathering, which a friend from Michigan pulled me out of retirement from some time back. I also play Cards Against Humanity a lot, a game that Apples to Apples, but very, very R-rated. Recently the creators of the game donated $75,000+ to the Wikimedia Foundation for reasons that might not be interesting for you to know. As for computer games, I only mainly play Chicken Invaders, a Space Invaders game replaced by Chickens and made by Europeans, which I find insanely popular.
When it comes to music, I am a very diverse person (to some degree). I do not stand near rap, hip hop and heavy metal. Absolutely not interested. When it comes to my iPod, I have songs from as early as 1950 ("Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page) to 2014 ("American Kids" from Kenny Chesney), representing songs from rock and roll, doo wop, soul, R&B, disco, country, Today's country, soft rock and easy listening. My favorite song of all time is "Small Town" from John Mellencamp and my favorite band is Fleetwood Mac. For television, I am a big fan of game shows, with my favorites being The Price is Right, Jeopardy! and The Chase. I am a big fan of the Law & Order series, having watched many episodes of the original series, Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent and recently got really interested in the United Kingdom version. One of my favorite shows, in which I've watched 201 of the 202 episodes first-aired (never on the internet or in reruns), including the last 191 straight, is Hell's Kitchen. I know the in and outs of the show practically and always love watching episode after episode.
As for sports, I am a fan of the New York Yankees and New York Mets when it comes to baseball. Yes I am both, crucify me as you wish. For football, I am a raving fan of the New England Patriots but have sweet spots for the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. Despite those alliances, I am a 20-year fan of NASCAR, which if you ask Ernest Hemingway is one of the actual sports in America. I am a long time Jeff Gordon fan and have absolutely no idea what I'll do when he retires at the end of the season.
I am open to anyone who wants me to review something, just don't expect a timely response. Note, I never, ever, ever, reply on my talk page or allow talkback tags or any notices. My watchlist has eclipsed 38,000 different pages on it and I can see the last 1,000 edits at any time to articles on it. I can see things. I've been asked many-a-time by editors why my signature has a large 32 in it instead of the rest of my name. When I started on Wikipedia an eternity ago, my username was HurricaneCraze32. I always left it in my signature since I renamed in mid-2006, it's not really an issue to anyone. Also, please, if anyone gets down this far on this userpage, always consider the quote that I think speaks vibe for our time on Wikipedia. It was penned by George Bernard Shaw in "The Splendid Torch" in 1896:
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
Things accomplished since 2005