Mom - Nurse, gardening enthusiast, new Pink Floyd fan (I'm convertin', I'm convertin'...).
Dad - Former lumberyard kingpin, now wandering spirit and musician. Sat in on bass with both Dave Brubeck and Henry Mancini in the '60s (I ain't got that kinda cred).
Leslie - Sister, teacher of teachable creatures, including my son.
Darren - Husband of Leslie, videographer and cop. He'll shoot you good.
Daniel - Brother, shared a room with me for 15 years. Claims I gave him his left cheek-dimple forcibly as a child. Science throws up its hands in confusion. Now my connection in Albququerque, New Mexico.
Shithead - An immensely talented friend of mine who was in my first band. Passed away in 2011, has a tribute album now.
Meathead - Former bass player and friend of Shithead's who now arrests Texas hoodlums. I give him my suggestions on who needs arrestin' every now & then, but so far most of my old teachers remain unincarcerated.
KISSArmy - Guitarist, chum, and former band member. Likes KISS. A lot.
deanpence - Keyboardist, bassoonist, saxophonist, vocalist, and all around utility guy in my first band, also a tortured ponderer and former operator of the late, lamented Cornhole Show podcast. Presently pining after the mountain man dream.
Wifely - Well, she's my WIFE, ain't she?
Albert - Cat, whereabouts currently unknown, though probably in the greater Dallas area. Hopefully knocking back a saucer of 2% with a kindhearted old lady.
Sigmund - One member of the dynamic cat duo at my parents' house. Has the most ferociously clumping fur in Christendom. The Oscar Madison in this feline odd couple.
Socrates - The other cat-in-residence at the folks' place. Obsesses constantly to avoid having fur like Sigmund's. A Felix Unger if ever there was one.
Roger the cross-eyed cat - Former resident of Wifeymama's home, and winner of Tiniest Voice From Biggest Cat award. Presently living with us.
Porchy the porch cat - Found on our back porch in Fort Worth, adopted because we're suckers. Roger does not approve.
Nathan - My son, big as a house. A particularly small house. And a particularly cute one. Have a look.
PLAYERS NOT IN YE OLDE LIFE TIMELINE, BUT MENTIONABLE:
Paul - Keyboardist, songwriter, producer, and graphic novel afficionado. He just flew from New York to Serbia, and boy, is he tired.
Petra - She's my German-American cousin, an actress & former musician. You may have spotted her somewhere, or maybe not.
Arthur - Mastering engineer & thinking feller. Recently relocated to California, the lucky bastard.
Makenna - My niece, daughter of Leslie & Darren. She's just one of the cutest things anyone on Earth's ever seen. Don't take my word for it, see for yourself.
Gavin - My nephew, daughter of Leslie & Darren. The cuteness, it runs in the fambly.
If you're interested in matthew's pre-show history mentioned herein, you can find some here.