The only character I've crossplayed as over the years. First convention was Katsucon 2 in 1996.
Why Shampoo? Because Ranma 1/2 was my favorite series and I didn't see any cosplayers doing Shampoo justice.
I've staffed many anime conventions and ran my own (Nekocon) for many years so I didn't have much time to do other costumes and never got together with a cosplay group, there were few in the late 90s.
Married in 2004 with a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son. Costume stays in storage most all the time. Wife doesn't mind the costuming too much.