I have a lot of interests but they all fall under the umbrella of
exploring the world and having as many rewarding and varied
experiences as I can before I die. I travel and move around quite a
bit and one of my flaws might be not being able to stay in one
place for too long- although I have at times demonstrated
capability in the area of the long-term-hetero-monagamous
relationship. I studied Literature at University. I still like to
write and read quite a bit, but since then I've done dozens of
different things in different parts of the world. I worked at sea
for a number or years on different ships. I enjoy sailing, and most
kinds adventure for that matter, physical and otherwise. I'm
working on developing my sailing skills and plan to one day be able
to do a circumnavigation. I enjoy the outdoors- camping and hiking.
I like helping people and getting to know people who are very
different from me, so I've worked with mentally handicapped
children numerous times. I've also taught English overseas for a
few years in Prague and Seoul. Lived in a lot of other places-
Maine, Alaska, Asheville, L.A., Ohio- where I grew up, Wisconsin,
New Orleans, New York. The past couple years I've been focusing on
learning small-scale-organic farming. A few years back I spent the
better part of that year converting an old school bus to run on
veggie oil and renovating it into a really beautiful living space.
I hope to one day soon build my own really well-crafted and unique
What I’m doing with my life
At present and over the past couple years I've been focusing on
learning and practicing small-scale-organic farming and gardening.
I’m really good at
Things I know how to do: Preparing an appetizing and nutritious
meal. Ride a motorcycle. Write a poem. Sail. Tie a lot of different
knots. Have a good time- even in some of the most dire places with
some of sourest stuffed shirts and wooden shoes. Dance- passably.
Brew beer. Offer intelligent opinions on art, literature and film-
from the Dadaists to Sufi Poetry, to the french new wave- the
frivolous and the heavy and everything in-between. Taking care of
animals and growing food. Hotwire a car. Open a locked door without
a key. (Tho I'm not a criminal, I'm just really good at the
previous two things b/c I'm bad at having my keys with me when I
should.) Act like a gentleman. Helping people that need it. Being a
loyal friend. Being funny, flippant, ironic, sincere, irreverent,
cynical and maudlin where appropriate. Appreciating people.
Bicycling. Fixing broken mechanical things like cars. Build things.
Decent writer. Decent carpenter.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm interesting to be around.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books-Sheila Heti is my new favorite. Then the usual suspects:
David Foster Wallace, Franzen, Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
Kesey-Sometimes a great notion. Kerouac. Cormac McCarthy. John
Fante. Faulkner. Walt Whitman. Baudlaire. Wendell Berry. Donna
Tartt. Henry Miller. Steinbeck. this list could get really long so
I'm gonna quit here.
Music- The Mountain Goats, Jazz, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Gogol
Bordello, Hip-Hop, Folk, R&B, Blues
Food- Slow Food!
The six things I could never do without
At some time in my life I've pretty much done without just about
everything for some length of time, other than, of course the
essentials- food, water, oxygen, etc...... I've kicked most of the
addictions of my youth except really great coffee I always have
around. (Not that any of those youthful addictions were, like,
crippling, or of the that's too much baggage for me, you should
write an inspirational-triumph-over-the-dark-night-of-the-soul-type
memoir. More the youthful exuberance type.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ways to take myself less seriously. No, kidding- got that covered.
And lately- apophatic theology.
On a typical Friday night I am
Not doing anything that I can really brag about, which is why I am
here, writing all this stuff.
You should message me if
You want to talk books.
You want to talk science.
You want to talk art.
You want to make fun of my self-profiling skills.
You have interesting and unique knowledge you'd like to share.
You'd like to talk about any of the interests you see referenced herein.
You want someone with advanced emotive powers, listening capabilities to talk to.
You're a good travel partner in search of the same.
You think the idea of a long trip in a small sailboat sounds exhilarating and/or inspiring.