Well hello there. Nice to see you! Please have a look around, see
everything there is to see, and get to know the online version of
me (It's the same as the regular version of me, but it involves
more kittens with funny captions). I just moved to Austin, so I am
looking forward to meeting people!
Things I like:
- World War 2 re-enacting (American infantry)
- Good beer (Favorites at the moment: Five Barrel Pale Ale,
Isolation Ale, Easy Street Wheat)
- Texas Hold 'Em Poker
- Having somewhat serious conversations about politics, religion,
or life goals while mixing in "That's what she said" jokes.
- Trying to stay in shape (and sometimes succeeding)
- Drum corps/marching band (teaching it, now that I can't perform
- Podcasts (Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!, and Freakonomics)
- Reading (typical English teacher answer). Recently read: The
Moral Landscape, The Political Dynamics of American Education,
Speaker for the Dead.
- Computer/video games (typical guy answer)
- Making lists of things I like
What I’m doing with my life
Right now I'm spending most of my time working, and trying to get
out and be with friends. I occasionally go out and try my hand at
pool and put myself in embarrassing social situations, and that's,
at the very least, entertaining. I've recently tried painting at a
wine and paint shop, which was a messy, drunken good time.
On a more serious note, I just finished my first grad school
classes at UCCS for my masters in curriculum and instruction. So
that was fun.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at listening, making people feel comfortable,
making nerdy jokes, discussing intelligent topics (politics,
science, technology, literature) and trivia.
I also like to think I'm good at playing the trombone and baritone
and singing. But I'm shy, so it rarely happens in public.
And of course, I think I'm a damn good teacher.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have an awesome sense of humor. Or my eyes. Take your pick.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Freakonomics, Ender's Game, Lamb, God Is Not Great
Movies: (Drama) The Green Mile, (Comedy) Super Troopers, (Romance)
Love Actually, and coming up on that list are Scott Pilgrim Vs. the
World, Boondock Saints
Shows: Firefly, Big Bang Theory, M*A*S*H, Scrubs, Arrested
Development, How I Met Your Mother,
Music: Anything, but especially classical, acoustic, and stuff with
a good beat. Recent purchases on my iTunes: Fun., Of Monsters and
Men, Taylor Swift (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is just
TOO. DAMN. CATCHY.), Dirt Poor Robins, The Hush Sound
Food: Steak, potatoes, good sandwiches
The six things I could never do without
Warmth (I lived in Colorado and hate cold weather. And snow. A
small part of the reason I moved here)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I can fully enjoy myself with just an hour of people watching while
sipping beer or whiskey, and I love creating lives for people I
know nothing about. Trying to figure out the conversations that
other people are having from a distance can be incredibly fun...
and, with very few exceptions, at least someone turns out to be a
Russian spy. Then I call the Department of Homeland Security. I do
my part to stem the red tide.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm sure we can all agree, there's not really a good answer to
this, unless you work on Friday nights. So I will just say that on
an IDEAL Friday night, I'm having drinks with friends, or hanging
out watching a movie, or doing something fairly low-key. I am
definitely not raging at a club, or drinking aggressively. I'm not
sure I actually know what raging means, but it doesn't sound like
my idea of a good time.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an English teacher, and I consider myself only a light drinker,
usually in social situations. That being said, nothing makes me
want to reach for a whiskey bottle quite like the prospect of
teaching or reading Shakespeare...
You should message me if
You should message me if you enjoy intellectual conversation,
laughing, and enjoying good quality time with a decent guy. I'll
forgo any list of "Do NOT message me if..." qualities. Just send me
a message, and I promise I will reply :)