It's hard to offend me, unless you park behind me and block in my car. That makes me a little nuts. I'll have to go ask you to move it, and I won't say please, and I might not say thank you, either. That's about how rude and aggressive it gets in this part of the world.
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, throwing a party, 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).
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 in KC-- 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 seven years. Most people don't make it that far. I love my coworkers, and I love that I am part of the school. Everyone knows me, and the kids all talk about when their younger siblings will have me as a teacher. 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.
I love that most of my family is here. I hang out with them pretty often. I happen to like 95% of them. Very lucky that way.
I often think about moving to NYC, but I'm enjoying what there is to love here, which is enough. Although it's a small city, this is a pretty hopping place, with enough going on to keep me interested. Also, I like long sentences. Usually.