I grew up in Cleveland, OH and came to Chicago (via Lithuania [and, no, I'm not Lithuanian]) for graduate school and never left. First as a resident of Hyde Park, which I miss greatly, and then Rogers Park, I grew to love Chicago. While I now live in Downers Grove to be closer to my children, I'm a city person at heart and hope to move back when my children get older.
By trade I'm a community organizer and advocate for the underserved in the fields of workforce development and housing. While the current political climate has me questioning my career choice to some extent, I still feel strongly about the populations I work with.
I really enjoy engaging conversations about everything from music, movies novels and politics, to name a few. while I can be somewhat shy at first, there is little more enjoyable to me than those sorts of conversations that last forever covering a wide verity of issues both philosophical and nonsensical. That said, I am more comfortable one-on-one or in small groups.
This is not to say that lack humor; to be sure, I feel strongly that humor, even in so-called deeper conversations, is vital to a lively discussion. Ultimately, I don't take myself too seriously and I like to poke fun of myself and remain somewhat playful.
Music is very important to me; both as a listener and a (rather poor but heartfelt) musician. In an ideal world I'd like to get to more shows at clubs like the Empty Bottle, but lately I haven't managed to get to very many. Finding someone who enjoys this as much as I do would be lovely, but not vital.