content warnings:mention of self harm, some politics, sleep paralysis, paranoia, mild delusions?
Donald James WeiserNicknames:
Don, Bud (bc budweiser)Birthdate & age:
August 26th 1965, fifty-oneGender & pronouns:
ENFJ (protagonist personality)Blood Type:
Crab fisherman for the past seven/eight years. Before that he had a well-paying office job that he hated.SES/social class:
Middle ClassEducation level:
Bachelor's degree in business administration.Languages known:
English, little bits of Spanish.Physical/mental conditions:
Some lower back problems from a pinched nerve. Sleep paralysis, paranoia, delusions relating to conspiracy theories and aliens.
WhiteHeight and build:
6’0 and bulky. Muscular arms and shoulders from his line of work, but not fit. Some pudge around his stomach. Was kinda fit when he was younger, blames his loss of figure on office work and his marriage.Hair color/style:
Brown gone grey with a receding hairline. Cropped pretty short.Voice/manner of speaking:
Chill, relaxed Southern California accent.Distinguishing marks:
Scar from a self-inflicted wound behind his ear by the hairline. He is convinced he was abducted when he was young and that he had something implanted under his skin - so he tried to pick it out.Fashion/way of dress:
Almost never without a damn baseball hat. Chill dad aesthetic???General impression:
Warm, inviting, kind. Probably gives great hugs tbh.
his daughters, dark beers, baseball, taxidermy, conspiracy theories, cryptozoology, sub sandwiches, sunsetsDislikes:
his ex-wife, budweiser beer or cheap canned beer in general, offices of all sorts, being idle, spaghettiFears:
aliens, abduction, ufos/usos, confined spaces, losing touch with his kidsDreams/Goals:
Maybe start some kind of fishing goods store along the boardwalk when he can’t physically keep up with crab fishing. Reconcile with his ex-wife.Strengths:
Probably the most patient person you will ever meet. Upfront and willing to help out with anything he can. Also willing to listen and learn if he messes up, does something offensive.Flaws:
A bit out of touch and in his head. Now he kinda shuts down if he gets in arguments that are aggressive rather than constructive.Quirks:
His interests. The fact that he tolerates (seems to like???) the Nödls.What puts your character at ease:What makes your character uncomfortable:Soft spots/vulnerabilities:How they try to come across to others: What they try to hide about themselves:How they really feel about themselves: Character traits:
(aspects of their personality that were not covered by the above sections)
LIFESTYLE & PHILOSOPHYWhat are your character’s thoughts on…-- Substance use:
Loves a good dark beer, drinks less than he used to. Doesn’t smoke cigarettes. Occasionally smoked pot when he lived in California - started again once Maine legalized recreational use January 2017. Figured out it's the only thing that helps a lot of his back pain. (As a teenager/young adult he was a major hippy and did his fair share of pot and hallucinogens.)-- Sex/romance:
His ex-wife ruined romance and any notion of true love for him. Not interested anymore.-- Marriage/children:
Doesn’t intend to have another relationship, much less another marriage. Loves his daughters more than anything else in the world. Thinks it’s beautiful and selfless to have kids and doesn’t quite understand people that don’t see the same appeal.-- Religion:
Agnostic probably? Tells people he’s nonreligious but tbh his beliefs probably have something to do with aliens. -- Politics:
Ugh. Has voted third party for as long as he can remember but his ideologies have shifted a lot. He doesn't trust the government, establishment politics and media in general because... he's up to his neck in anti-government conspiracy theories. -- Technology:
Used to be better with it when he still worked his office job, not so much anymore. These kids and their fancy VR/AR/DVR/WHATEVER.How social are they?:
He's getting used to being social again. After three kids and an office job he didn't really have time to go out and have friends. He enjoys spending time with people though! He occasionally goes out to bars to be social. Though... not so much since the last election.Types of people they like:
Those fairly similar to him, easy going, not too rowdy.Types of people they dislike:
Argumentative, stubborn, can't admit when they are wrong (hint: his ex-wife). Social profile: Reputations & Rumors pageSaving/spending habits:
Since he switched jobs, he'd had to become quite a bit more careful with his money. Especially with the divorce costs and moving out here. Does splurge on occasion.Recreational activities:
(e.g. hobbies / clubs / sports / what they do on weekends)
OCCUPATIONResponsibilities at work:
Fishing.....for crabs.....Length of time at current job:
He first got his license about 8 years ago and started crabbing in California with a big company. When his marriage fell through about a year and a half ago he moved to Monroeville and worked with a non-resident license in contract with CCC's for 6 months until he was able to get his resident license and work with the local fishing companies.How do they feel about their job?:
He loves his job tremendously, feels it was a calling of sorts and is happier now than he’s ever been.How is their work/life balance?:
He feels like it's a hell of a lot better than it used to be. Actually has free time and goes out to enjoy himself.
FAMILY & HOMESignificant relatives / pets:
-- parents - both deceased
-- older brother (55), younger brother (48), youngest sister (46)
-- Linda Janowski, 53, ex-wife
-- Mackenzie Weiser, 26, daughter (degree in women’s studies)
-- Olivia Weiser, 22, daughter (degree in psychology and bioengineering)
-- Amanda Weiser, 17, daughter (finishing high school, plays volleyball, lives with Linda)Relationship with family:
Still not really on talking terms with his ex-wife. He loves his daughters, and is really happy that his relationships with all of them have improved a lot since the divorce. Visits extended family and his siblings on occasion, and likes staying connected with them.Current residence:
8400 Ash Tree Lane, Rural Roads (neighbors with the Nödls)Description of bedroom/living space:
Pretty bare and simple, earthy tones.
BACKGROUNDPlace of birth/hometown:
Santa Monica, CaliforniaGeneral history:
Believes that when he was about 10 years old he was abducted by aliens, though his memories of it only resurfaced about 14 years ago. This is really what triggered his dive into conspiracy theories and cryptozoology too (at some points bordering on delusions). It's something he's done a lot to try to hide and keep from other people, especially with how badly it affected his marriage.
He met Linda in college and married shortly after. While their personalities clashed at times they shared a decent marriage for the most part.
However, eight years ago Don quit his well-paying office job to go into crab fishing which put a looot of strain on the family, especially financially. Though he was happier with this job, he got more distant from the family. His wife, Linda, wasn't coping with this well and the two fought often. She started turning their daughters against him too, ruining thier relationships. About two years ago they finally went through a divorce and Don moved to Monroeville, which was a place the family had visited in the past because they have family up in Maine/on the east coast. The last several months Don's been getting back in touch with his daughters and they're on better terms now. How their past affects them:Character’s feelings about their past: