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.
Lit.: CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Nelson Algren, Henry Miller, Tenessee Williams, Roberto Bolano, Iris Murdock, BAUDELAIRE, nick Hornby, Jonathan Frazen.
TV: I don't have cable, so rely on library'a and Netflix; twins peaks, 30 rock, Seinfeld, The Walking Dead Arrested Development, LOUIE, Curb Your Enthusiasm, the wire and FRONTLINE.
Radio: Public Radio and AM 820. I miss the college radio I grew up with in Cleveland: four choices at any given time in practically any part or the county! Cleveland State WCSB, Oberlin WOBC, Case Western Reserve, Baldwin Wallace and John Carol U! It fed musical curiosity in amazing ways.
Movies: Blue Velvet, Royal Tenenbaums, Coen Brothers, Woody Allen, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dear Hunter, Submarine, Ghost World, Drugstore Cowboy, Meloncholia, All That Jazz and documentaries.
My dog, Charley;
My records and turntable;
Fine Bourbon; and,
A cold pillow.