Michael Pogulis

I Like Computer Games

I’ve only been in George Pearson Centre for two weeks. I came here from Vancouver General hospital (VGH), where I was for three weeks. Before that, I was in a group home for two years. The group home was in a nice house. There were four people living there, including me, and I made friends there. It has been a big change for me to come here.

I grew up in Toronto, Ontario. It was nice growing up in Toronto. We lived right in the city. I liked climbing on the jungle gyms outside at school. One time I fell off the jungle gym, broke my arm, and had to wear a cast. My mom was freaking out; she wasn’t happy at all about that.

When I was young, I used to go camping every summer with my parents and my sister. We went camping in lots of places. We often camped near a river and went fishing. My family and I also used to like to play board games together, like Parcheesi or Snakes and Ladders. I was very good at board games. We often went to visit my grandma in Scarborough and I really enjoyed those visits. I remember one year for my birthday my mom made me a huge purple cake in the shape of a cow. That was fun.

I worked in Barrie, Ontario, as a mailman. I remember one time when I was delivering the mail, someone had left a lit cigarette in the delivery van and the van caught on fire while I was driving it, so I had to call the fire department. They came and put it out and everything was all right. Another time, the little girl of a family I delivered mail to gave me a Valentine’s Day card. I kept that card.

I moved to BC twelve years ago. My girlfriend’s brother had been out here and it sounded nice, so I put in for a transfer. It was a spur of the moment sort of thing, something new, a change. My girlfriend came with me and we moved into Kitsilano at 4th and Trafalgar. There were nice trees on the streets there. We used to watch the fireworks every summer, with friends.

I like computer games. I play an online game called Ever Quest. A million people play this game, so you get to know lots of people. Ever Quest is a role-playing game where you get to play different characters. It’s fun because you can cast spells and kill monsters. When you cast a spell, you can do it using first-person perspective, where you are actually doing everything, or you can be watching your character from behind, while they take all the action. I used to play Dungeons and Dragons, too. I had a wizard character that casts spells. I used to play with a regular group of friends; we had so many role-playing adventures.

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