My name is Daniel McIntyre.

No, but I used to go round telling people I was when I was very young. Then, I learned to spell and realized my name is McIntyre with an “I” and a “y” while her’s is McEntire with an “E” and an “i”.

It would be very cool if it were true. I’ve always been a big fan of hers.

There is a mutant in the Marvel universe called Domino. She has the ability to control probabilities. Sometimes people say she can control luck. Domino was a character in Deadpool 2 for those of you unfamiliar with the comics. Jen, a girl in our friend group back in college, was a huge Marvel comics fan. She actually got me started on my love of comics.

One day we were driving somewhere, and as I pulled into a parking spot very near the door, I heard her say, “See! I told you.” After some questioning, I learned that Jen had been watching me for several months. According to her, things went my way more times than not. She even went on to claim that people I liked shared in this good fortune and that people I didn’t like had bad luck. There were even examples offered up as proof.

That day, my friends dubbed me Domino and began to attribute things that happened to the “Domino Effect”. Since it is one of the nicer names I’ve been called over the years, I decided to own it and have used the name and phrase ever since.

It took a long time, but tensions have died down a bit. It is still a awkward. There are things we do not talk about. My parent’s home is comfy because I grew up there, but it is also odd because I don’t feel like I can be myself.

Things aren’t all bad though. When I was with my last boyfriend, my mom told me, “I don’t agree with what you are doing, but I just want you to be happy.” She also offered to do nasty things to him when he broke up with me which was very nice.

Up until very recently, I’ve honored my mom’s request to not let anyone in the family or her church know. It has cost a lot. I’ve lost touch with almost all of my cousins. I say up until recently, because clearly, this blog puts it all out there. I started thinking about doing this a few years ago when one of my mom’s sisters announced that her son was gay. I thought that would throw the door open wide, but it didn’t. My mom just listened rather than letting her sister know that they had something in common. I know of 2 other LGBTQ+ cousins. I suspect there are probably two more.

I hope that this site helps to not only forge new connections, but to also bridge some of those lost connections.

If you mean does it have any significance other than I think it is pretty, the answer is no.

That image is actually cropped down from a larger art piece I made on my computer using an application called Vue.

That image is the symbol for the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. Just like domino6713, it has personal meaning to me. When my first long term boyfriend left me in my early 20’s, I was pretty wrecked. A friend came over to cheer me up. He ended up dragging me out of the house so we could have lunch at my favorite Tai restaurant. Then, we walked to a record store. They had these little pendants of the horoscope symbols on leather chains. He noticed me looking at it and bought it for me.

I wore it until the chain broke, and then I added the charm to a new necklace. Still wear it every now and then. The symbol was incorporated into my first tattoo as well because I think the description of the Rat in the zodiac fits me and because I always think of that day when I see it.

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