I am off to Rwanda to teach till 08/2015, come visit me :) Too late I am back in Bahston and teaching.
Warning, this is a long profile. Uh, definitely NOT an elevator pitch. More like a 3 hr cruise :) Feel free to skim (at your own risk. If you can speed read, you are ahead of the the proverbial game). Reading this profile is not a sprint but a marathon! Did I mention it was long!!.
My stated age above is obfuscated! Only the NSA knows the real number (who cares anyway) :) I am experimenting with it, so don't be alarmed if you see it change periodically. I am trying to hack the OKC robot, aka Algo E Rhythm (not related to Algo Chinicella).
I also created a fake OKC account as a female (same pic) and answered all the questions in the opposite manner. Now I am my own worst enemy :))) !!!
Living in South Boston, closer to my new job (doing a 100 meter dive, with a triple twist-Asai-plancha-flying rana, into public service).
I don't have that much to say........I switched gears, focused on making positive change (in education) before I turn back into stardust. I have shifted from the 'D' or 'Drive' gear of life to the 'O' or Overdrive gear within the last three years (the O drive is usually hidden, until we find it. Still haven't found the G spot though. I have several G strings....for my violin, silly). I am focused and enjoying the journey than worrying about the eventual destination. Life is truly too short.
I am the fly's thighs vs the bee's knees :)
So I have hit the the open road of purposeful / service oriented living (read the 'what I am doing now' section. HINT - career change), ripped off the rear view mirror, pimped my soul, scanning the endless amazing horizon, and drinking a lot of passion laced (low fat, low carb, high in optimism, taurine free) cool aid :) With the pedal to the metal (or the heel to the steel, if you are from parts down south. Think The Dukes of Hazard. I have no idea what you would say if you are from 'down under').
The strip of coiffed hair on my chinny, chin chin is called a soul strip (I have been asked 'WTF is that thing', in French & in Mohican - yes, the last Mohican). If you zoom in and overlay a grid and use a caliper to measure the distance of the strip from top to bottom, and side to side, you will find that the ratio is equivalent to the ratio of the base to the height of the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) in Giza! Don't ask what happens to my strip of hair on the vernal or autumnal equinox (especially at 12.05 pm...especially if I am at Stonehenge). Don't go there.
I would have grown a mustache for Movember but, I am afraid I may look like too many of the international villains on Interpol's most wanted list!
I like intensity in tent cities (Burning Man anyone?).
Give your self 5.25679 minutes (mas o menos tres minutos) to read my profile, (ceteris paribus ).
In a nutshell (loconut shell) I am just a cool dude in a loose mood (sedated by a wee bit of psychotropic drugs, I jest) who smells good, 'like a gentle breeze that takes you by surprise' (No I did not swipe that from an old Summer's Eve commercial) (I use ShowerToShower). I am zestful , zenful, & zensitive (that does not mean I am effeminate! Maybe a bit in my stilettos).
I am also human (if there was any doubt. Admit it you thought I was some sort of two toed ungulate), with just a bit of carry on baggage (having zapped most of my other baggage & starting a new phase of my life. PSYCHED). Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead (I figure nautical references are par for the course in and around Bahston (except for the obvious seamen statements. Don't gross out....yet)).
Please don't ask me to take a drug test. I can't remember the names of today's drugs. Vardenafil Hydrochloride? Omeprazole? Clindamycin Phosphate? I will fail miserably!!
[The descriptions depicted in this well thought out, rambling profile are figmental (like the Fig Newton). Any similarity to any person living or dead (or medicated or somewhere in between) is merely coincidental] :]
Moved to the Boston in the fall of 2012 after a brief stint in Austin, TX and before that grew up Chitown/Chicago. I haven't unpacked my adjectives yet. (Hoooray, I'm for the other team).
I work al dente and play al fresco ! (I also like my pizza hot like my women. OR was that spicy like my chorizo ). :)
I am determined to find that one darned word that rhymes with orange! Yes in English.
I'm 5' 70576", 5' 9" in my platform shoes and 6 feet in my Stilettos! My height is adjustable (not much else).
What does it mean if men on OKC identify themselves as having a 'little extra' ?
Looking for funtelligent (with the emphasis on intelligent ) folks to befriend or a band of heroines to bond with (heroes & gyros are over rated. Unless they are Turkish gyros). If you want to keep the relationship platonic, hey that's great. If you prefer a more 'plate tectonic' relationship, lets see where it goes (or even something in between. I like to span the continua).
I believe in equal opportunity, so if you want me to be your frenemy let me know. (I have this great patent pending algorithm that combines your shoe size and olfactory levels of your pheromones to determine a frenemy fit) :]
I vacillate between passion & indifference depending on the context (read, it depends if I am taking my meds or not). Kidding!!!
I am a reformed narcissist. No I was not skin head :]
I am sophisticated. Heck I love my soy milk shaken, not stirred dammit (think Eddie Murphy as Gumby) :]
I am a loving guy (think michael jackson - I'm a lover not a fighter). Heck I hug any and every tree I can get my arms around. Even if they are diseased :] That's a lot of loving.♫
I am compassionate. I give out library cards to pan handlers (knowledge is power). Just kidding. My cup runneth over in the compassion corner (especially if her name is Gwyneth). I do have a soft spot for street performers who play the violin (especially baroque music) and other stringed instruments (especially if they are singing and playing their own songs). I almost always give them something. I truly believe that one of your duties in life is to increase compassion in any way possible.
I am working on being self actualized. I have been baptized though:] A lot of good that did, for I am of the atheist persuasion. That doesn't mean I am not spiritual (I am slowly slouching towards it. That sloth in me I guess).
I am not looking for a soul mate.....yet. My soul is in the healing process (there is a sign on the door that says, 'Takin' A Ride on the Sooooooooul Train' ). The exit ramp after years of committed relationship needs a bit of navigation. I am trying to find my Northstar and avoid a false start (statistics bear this out). A babe in the woods again with a wolf whistle. (If you know what the heck that meant, please let me know) :)
I have found new religion in wellness (can I get a Hallelujah, Amen, Praise the Lord, please), being healthy and taking care of myself. I love to run and run about 20 to 40 miles a week. I LOVE doing long runs (10 - 15 miles) and find it very therapeutic & relaxing (you know that special feeling when you get all soaked in sweat and caked in sweat salt. Gosh it does wonders for my pores.). I also like to bike, long distances (40- 60 miles) on my hybrid mountain bike and hike trails of all levels of difficulty and length. (Completed my first 100 mile race for a charitable cause). Wonder if I can swim in the Chaahls Rivah :] I am up for a fun run anytime.
I am looking forward to trying some New England summer activities: white water rafting, hiking Mass, NH, & Maine mountains, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, rowing, milking cows (I want to drink raw milk).
I started doing yoga but I keep getting into positions (Vrischikasana, Kapotasana, Hey-what-the-heck-is-that-sana, etc) that I can't out of, which invariably leads me to use my LifeAlert (you know the Help! I've Fallen and I can't get up) (assuming I can reach it). Isn't there an app for that ? :]
I do have some athletic aspirations: I want to finish a marathon in under 4 hrs (ran 5 thus far, passed out in the last one, with less than a mile left, so f'in close but no cigar). UPDATE - I finished the Providence Marathon on 5/12/2013 in 3hrs 57min 40s. I can check that off. Next goal: complete a 1/2 iron man & eventually a full iron man (2 mile swim, 100 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). If you are looking for a training partner/coach let me know.
I love to travel and experience locales. In the US I LOVE the National Parks. I have been to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons (who doesn't love Tetons), Wind Cave, Devil's Tower, Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Mt Rainier, Straits of Juan De Fuca (sea kayaking), Columbia River Gorge, Arcadia National Park and Lake Tahoe (a state park actually). I have also rafted on the Snake River and the American River. I am staying away from the Chattooga River, lest I end up squealing like a pig (think Deliverance the movie) :]
I have been to interesting places around the world, Costa Rica, UK, Germany, India, Bali, Singapore, and well .... Canada (is it a real country? Blame Canada) :]. In Canada - Vancouver, London, Stratford (love Shakespeare, eh), Toronto, Montreal, Kingston, Quebec City.
Just (3/2013) visited Berlin, Leipzig, Munchen (Munich), Salzburg, Wein (Vienna), Praha(Prague) and Dresden. Loved Vienna & Prague (I am a sucker for palaces, churches and Gothic & Baroque architecture).
I have a list of places I want to go (tops - is to trek/travel the Silk Road from end to end). Whose in?
I am pretty sure that I don't have a file with 1-800-DNA-TEST (the who yo daddy company)!!! (I think. Well there was that time in Band Camp...).
I have been called an inglorious bastard , in a nice way :))
I love creative cooking, mixing up ingredients in new and novel ways. (Yes my dishes are edible and I have received some complements on my creations. No I have not killed anybody yet, nor have I given anyone an upset stomach :] ). I am dabbling with the idea of doing a multi-media cook book some day. Who knows I could be the next Giada de Laurentiis, sans the low cut tops (they are a distraction). Hey maybe my low cut top can be my shtick :] You should see me wiggle my pecs (Cue that old Jello jingle 'What it wiggle, see it jiggle...')
I am an information sponge with a hyper curiosity for anything and all things dealing with education, science (brain science especially, not weird science), technology, economics, film, learning/enrichment, politics, financial markets, international relations, food/cooking, western history, philosophy, the kitchen sink. I LOVE passionate (yet respectful, think Question Time at the UK Parliament :] ) conversations, especially those that challenge my existing views (except when I am correct :] ).
I am not interested in flattening my learning curve any time soon. I am constantly updating my mental map by challenging my assumptions and forcing myself to look at things from different perspectives (except when I am correct :] ). It has allowed me to grow, try new things and deal with the world in a realistic and pragmatic way (I am by nature, skeptical yet caustically, I mean cautiously optimistic ;) That means I am a 50.00927%, full glass person.).
I am learning to walk the talk about consumption (give me a soap box and I can stand on it without peeing for hours). I have cut back, at least by 70%, on throw away items, reduced my daily caloric intake, eating more raw foods (yes including the occasional meat), berate people for throwing away food, and chide children for leaving food on their plate (I am one of those people who will ask politely if I can take your leftovers if you have no intention of consuming it).
Keep going, you are 1/4 way there. Focus !!