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I was born, raised, and still reside in the Santa Barbara area, which used to be strictly Dodger territory, but my parents raised me and my brothers to be Angels fans. We used to vacation in Palm Springs for Spring Training in the 80's, and got autogrpahs from greats like Brian Downing, Jim Abbot, Dave Winfield, and not so greats like Junior Felix and Mike Fetters. I'm married to a smokin' hot Orange County girl who shares my love for the Angels. She let me name our dog Rex Hudler (we just call him Hudler), and she let me fill a whole bathroom with Angels memorabilia. Next to marrying her, and the day our little Halo fan was born, I'd have to say game 6 of the 2002 World Series was just about the most exciting day of my life. Since then, it's been a thrill to watch the Angel's success, and yet still a little hard to get used to after so many years of heartbreaking loss. I'm sure this era of winning will someday pass, and we'll once again be forced to root for the Vance Lovelaces and Kent Andersons of the future, but until then, I will bask in the glow of the blazing halo. 2013 off-season amendment: That era of winning HAS passed, even though it isn't Lovelaces and Andersons that are leading the crusade of suckage, but Pujolses and Hamiltons, alleged greats. And thus I return to being a fan out of a dull sense of duty rather than the acute thrill of victory that already seems so distant and fleeting. 2014 off-season amendment: 98 regular season wins and 0 post-season wins, grrrr!