David "Dave" Russell

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Joined: August 11th, 2009, 7:39 pm

February 6th, 2012, 1:45 am #1

Name: David “Dave” Russell
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Volunteering (Student volunteers club member); Painting (Art club member); Socialising

Appearance: Dave stands at an average height of 5’8” and weighs in at 138 lbs, giving him something of a lean build. He is Caucasian.

His ginger hair manages to look messy and unkempt despite its relatively short length, not helped by the fact that it is nearly always kept propped up by a headband, the design of which changes as regularly as Dave changes his clothes. His thick brown eyebrows sit above his large round green eyes, and his nose is relatively straight but with a thick bump in the bridge. His mouth is rather small for the rest of his face whilst his chin is quite pointed. He can often be seen with an excess of ginger stubble, due to shaving rarely and having fast growing hair. This, combined with his untidy hairstyle, often gives him a rather shaggy appearance.

For clothing Dave will typically opt for button shirts and jeans, with loose fitting shoes on his feet and the occasional tie accessory, giving him a look that resembles something of an office worker out partying, in addition to his headbands. He is almost never seen without his peace necklace hung over his shirt.

Biography: Amanda and Taylor Russell, an American couple with no immigrant immediate ancestors, were born thirty years too late. They were both enthralled with the ideals of the sixties, despite neither being born when the decade was around, after having heard the tales of rock and roll and freedom from their own parents. They spent their own young adulthood travelling across America whilst singing praises of peace and love whilst the world had moved on to the nineties, and the young couple were spreading their own liberal ideals when their free love resulted in the conception of David Russell.

The two were unprepared for a son, to say the least. Neither were particularly financially stable or all that familiar with children, but their own values spurred them to give it a chance, even if it did mean settling down from their partying. Taylor got a stable, boring career as an assembly line drone, which he has barely advanced from in seventeen years due to total apathy towards his job, whilst Amanda stayed at home as a housewife, happily avoiding the responsibility of employment. The two settled for an apartment in Rainier Valley, Seattle, back in their home city where the support of their parents was at least local. In eight and a half months, Dave was born without complication.

Even with their small income and a change in living that brought about a fair bit of depression in the parents, they tried their best to give Dave a healthy upbringing, instilling in him the spirit of the sixties that had stayed fervent in their hearts. They gave him a peace necklace to symbolise their beliefs but, as Dave was only one and a half at the time, their doctor advised them to give him one when he was older, preferably one that had not just passed through his small intestine. He still wears the one he received when he was seven to this day.

As a lively and energetic child, happy to make friends and good at doing so, Dave was a friendly face around the playground in elementary school. He could easily be counted on to join in on any misadventures that were going on, the odd few getting him into trouble with the staff. However, Dave was never an outright troublemaker, and the genuine remorse felt over getting in trouble dissuaded any real discontent of the teachers towards him, not to mention Dave lacked the ability to ever really defy anyone due to a distain towards causing conflict, a trait he still retains to this day.

Though the area he grew up in was rough, Dave kept to the lessons his parents had taught him and thought of everyone else around him before himself. In his young age his opportunities for helping others were limited to gestures of good will and affection, but he tried his level best to help those in need when he saw the chance. Whilst there were some who appreciated this, others were inevitably irritated with his insistence on helping even if it wasn’t really necessary. Dave still has difficulty telling where he’s really needed to this day, though he has learnt how to take a rejection by now.

Unfortunately his parents’ attempts to instil good will in him have gone a little too far, as now he feels compelled to help whenever an opportunity arises, leading to outright guilt and shame if he does not attempt to lend a hand. For this reason, he eventually started overworking himself, as Dave now volunteers at any opportunity that arises, be it working with the homeless, elderly, sick, impoverished, youths, or anything else that needs help. As a generally likeable person and an easy talker, Dave tended to have little trouble with meeting the new faces and integrating himself with the new groups this puts him with. The one exception is volunteering with animals, as Dave finds that many animals seem to dislike him, though an expert would point out that it’s most likely because he becomes nervous around them. Though he has become used to all the volunteering by now and it has all served to give him reasonable endurance, he still overexerts himself unnecessarily rather frequently.

As Dave grew older, his interest began to develop beyond random games on the playground. Art class was a favourite of his, especially opportunities to paint, something his mother was happy with. She had been an aspiring artist before Dave had been born, and even though that had been taken from her she was happy to share the psychedelic styles replicated from the sixties into her modern day son, and thus skills were passed down from mother to son. Dave only paints for fun, being too occupied to invest much time into developing his skill or gaining any real expertise, but he enjoys the art for its own sake regardless.

Meanwhile, the music that his dad loved so much from the era was played around the house constantly. His dad never bothered to try and teach his son guitar, despite playing his own regularly, and in fact Dave became rather sick and tired of rock and roll after learning that other genres exist. However, he could never bring himself to tell his dad that, so he settles for quiet acceptance in the kitchen and a pair of earplugs in his bedroom.

Whilst he was exploring new things, Dave’s parents' own interests began to resurface, leading to many family trips out of Seattle to see America again. Dave was not invited on these trips. He often wound up in the care of his grandparents when he was younger, and as he became an older teenager he was eventually left to look after himself in Rainier Valley whilst his parents went on tours of the country. His grandparents have gotten into a number of fights with his parents about these long periods of absence, but they cannot bring themselves to make a case out of their own children in regards to Dave’s treatment. Dave himself has yet to realise any problems with it.

At Aurora High, Dave is still the friendly and outgoing person that he was in elementary school, giving him a good reputation around the school and a respectable circle of friends. His overly helpful attitude can still make him come off as insufferable to some students, however, and he has been known to be somewhat oblivious to subtle barbs or people's underlying nature. He enjoys the company of his friends and on occasions when he is not looking for someone in need, he looks for someone to hang out with instead. When people do express distaste towards him, he often takes it to heart and distances himself from the offending person, though he has been known to get over such things quite quickly too.

Dave has joined two clubs at Aurora: the art club, of which he is still an active member, and the student volunteers association, the latter of which fell into disuse in his junior year and has since gone inactive. The decay of the group troubled him greatly, as he enjoyed getting to meet students with similar motivations to him, so lately he has resolved to try and bring it back to its former glory before he leaves school.

Academics are not Dave’s strong point. He has never really had a knack for knowledge, usually living life by the moment instead of worrying how to solve problems ahead, and so often ends up averaging a C with the occasional slide into D territory which isn't helped by his constant volunteering when he could be studying instead. Never the less, he hopes to go to college and obtain an education major, regardless of the level, so that he can join the Peace Corps after college and help children in need around the world.

Whilst he still maintains a good level of endurance by virtue of constantly being occupied by one task or another, Dave has never possessed much interest in sports. He would happily play with other kids when it came up, but he’s never had any particular interest in doing it beyond a social level.

Dave has only ever had one girlfriend in his life, and for now he intends to keep it that way. The two went out for around half of their junior year but eventually they grew apart, their romantic exploration limited to making out at the most. Dave was happy for the experience but considers himself too busy to treat a girlfriend as she would deserve at the moment. He has never had any interest in the same sex so he considers himself comfortably straight.

At this point in life Dave is well aware of how much he pushes himself compared to some of the people around him, but he finds no reason to fault this. He has a comfortable social circle, a plan for his future, and a happy home life, at least from his perspective. His low income household has never really been a reason to bother him, and his constant acts of good will keep him satisfied with himself and where he is at this point in time. For these reasons, Dave rarely has a reason to frown.

Advantages: Dave has a good reputation around Aurora High School, a respectable social circle to match, and is comfortable approaching and interacting with new people, so finding and making allies will most likely prove difficult for him. His constant activity means that he has a fair deal of endurance, reducing the amount of rest he will require on the island.
Disadvantages: Dave is obsessed with helping others, which will be a significant hindrance when it comes to keeping himself alive. He also lacks any real intelligence or cunning, and his limited exposure to violence means that the shock of the island may be too much for him.

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February 8th, 2012, 6:30 pm #2