I hope it's hard to offend me, I have worked on that over the years. I think if you can't laugh about money and death and religion, what can you laugh at?
I can be comfortable just about anywhere with just about anyone. Eating alone in the food court in Doha. Taking the Roman subway. Iffy neighborhoods. Small towns. I've even made peace with the boring suburb from whence I came. I love to explore, and I love to soak up material for writing, wherever I am.
I like to figure out why different pieces of art work, or don't work. I love DVD commentary tracks. Although I've written a little art criticism, I don't want to be a critic because I prefer to keep my mouth shut when I don't have anything helpful to say. And I know how hard it is to make stuff. I don't ever want to make it harder for someone else.
I'd like to share creative work with someone-- collaboratively or just cheering each other on. I like to make stuff. That's how humans keep their chins up. I'm always writing, and sometimes making costumes, painting, creating curriculum, or making some other kind of mess. I have lots of stuff in the hopper.
I'm very conservative in some ways, and very liberal in others. Conservative about how kids should be treated, conservative about loving ritual and tradition, believing in classic literature and art and practice and respect for elders and investment in family, but very liberal politically, and open about what other people do and how they see the world and what might work for them, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. And I have no opinion about other people's spiritual lives (or lack of them). It's hard for me to imagine being involved with someone who's not into religious stuff, though, since it's such an interest of mine.
I'm an introvert. In a romantic relationship, I work well with an extrovert. I handle the small parties and old, close friends, and extrovert handles the big parties and acquaintances. I keep extrovert feet on the ground, and extrovert suggests to me that just because I haven't known someone for ten years, it doesn't mean I shouldn't get to know them.
My favorite places in the world are Lawrence, Kansas, New York City, Disney World, and New Orleans. Still on my travel wish list I have Kenya, Istanbul, Egypt, and Vienna. When visiting Africa, I'd like to do a little do gooder work as part of my trip. I've made some trips to Mexico like that and had some of the best times of my life. I've traveled alone a lot in the past, but lately I prefer to have a buddy, so it's not so exhausting.
I love my job-- teaching high school to inner city kids. I learn as much from them as they do from me. I'm very proud that I have been teaching for nine years. Most people don't make it that far. I love my coworkers, and I love that I am part of the school. It's a marathon every year, but I sleep well knowing if I get hit by a bus, I will know I used my life well.