Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
It's 2014 and time for an update. Despite writing for much of my
livelihood and confidence in who I am, I’m uncomfortable writing
about myself. I prefer telling stories to describing myself. And I
prefer listening to others’ stories over their own descriptions. If
I tell a person I’m funny as hell, for example, that’s just not
funny. But if I tell a story that makes you snot unexpectedly, well
that's just gravy (well, it's snot, but I bet you know what I
Last summer I enjoyed a third trip to China. They weren’t all
enjoyable. The second was equally awe-inspiring and disappointing.
Still, I have wonderful colleagues in Anhui Province, and there’s
so much to learn about their rapidly changing world that it's worth
the time and effort. This past summer I got to visit two villages
and two different yet amazing temples.
I have also spent significant time in Ukraine. In fact it’s time
for me to return. Kiev is calling. I miss some amazing, hard to
describe things about Ukrainian life.
Back in the US, I work at a state university. Where I profess to
some amazing students. Hell, I'll profess to anybody.
I had some interesting musician parents and was raised on a diet of
jazz, choral, folk, and a bunch of stuff I didn't want to listen to
at the time, musical vegetables so to speak. My tastes are not
I liked the question, "Can anything be funny?" Remember Monty
Python lampooning the Spanish Inquisition? Okay, so that one took a
few centuries, but with enough time anything can be funny. I’m
still waiting for the tea-party to be funny - no signs yet.
Who am I seeking? Someone kind, open, and respectful of her world.
It turns out I can be cynical. I don’t want to be, and I could use
some balance. You might still be figuring out your place in the
world - or questioning whether there is such a thing. You find
beauty in imperfection, in people and in unscripted moments. We
might like each other, which is a good place to start.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I’m thinking of quitting my job to move in with my mother. I can
help her sell baskets at yard sales. ;-) Not really, but a guy's
gotta have a dream!
I hope that the coming years are defined by making a positive
difference. I hope to write and love fearlessly. Purposeful travel
has been a recurring theme, and cultural immersion, but I have my
own house now, and I'd like to make time to enjoy it. When I'm at a
ball park I relish the bratwurst.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
- misplacing my keys
- finding misplaced joy in others
- failing in the kitchen
- succeeding in the kitchen
- doing my laundry (folding it - not as much)
The first things people usually notice about me
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People comment that I'm smart. Maybe it's my wealth of useless
ideas. Of course I have some useful ones, but they're not as fun.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: I like a wide variety. Kurt Vonnegut inspired me when I was
in college, as did Irving's "The World According to Garp". I began
to love early 20th century authors like Fitzgerald, Nin, James, and
Hemingway long after I was supposed to read them in high school and
college. I like Alice Hoffman and Susan Minot. A friend turned me
on to Alice Munro, which makes my Kindle happy. I was thrilled when
my current literary heart-throb won the Nobel. John Williams'
"Stoner" is on my to-read list - not what it sounds like.
Movies: I just watched the documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" about
a 'failed' housing project in St. Louis. My favorite foreign film
is "Cinema Paradiso". Anything Judd Apatow does makes me laugh. I
recently gave "Albatross" a bunch of stars. My secret shame: each
December my favorite movie is "Love Actually". Each summer I think
my favorite movie of all times is "Bull Durham". Apparently my
favorites are seasonal.
Music: Music is a human need, like food, sex, and sleep. I was
raised by musicians, and when I was in college I worked in a music
store. Today I will listen to almost anything. I LOVE being
introduced to new music. Just put it in and press "play". In the
past few years I've enjoyed Drive-by Truckers, The Limeliters, Lake
Street Drive, and the Philadelphia Philharmonic.
Food: I love food. Street food in China is amazing. Well, almost
all food in China is amazing. I have learned from experience to
respect my reservations though and will no longer eat "anything".
I'm still cringing at my mistakes.
Shows: Are these live shows and theater or shows that I watch on
TV? I don't get cable anymore, but the ability to stream to my
television has me watching some interesting series, documentaries,
and more off radar films. Live shows need more space than I have on
this site, and I wonder if anyone is still reading.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
- A toothbrush and floss
- My passport
- Places and people to explore (both literal and metaphoric)
- Comfy cable-knits
- Me time
- We time
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
On Friday nights I'm either just slowing down from the week or out
playing with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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The most private thing I'm willing to admit has taught me to laugh
at myself - and to respect my privacy. :)
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