[...] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad
to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at
the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding
like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue
centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"
- Jack Kerouac
"On The Road"
I try to make the most of our Emerald City. Especially when it
sparkles under the Sun. There's always a
beer/chocolate/oyster/wine/food truck fest to go to, a ride to go
on or a park/trail to enjoy
All of these, while good times, would most definitely be enhanced
if I could share them with a lovely lady with an easy smile, quick
wit, and a towel.
So, if you'd like to enjoy some fun activities, swap misadventures
and laughs then let me know.
What I’m doing with my life
Wrote a list 11 years ago. Pretty straightforward: go to grad
school, improve my Spanish, continue traveling. and work in policy,
preferably for a city government. Hit all of them. Went to law
school. Had internship in Bolivia. Been working policy for 7 years,
labor and EJ at non-profits then labor and MJ at the state
legislature. Landed at the city recently. Now, SPD is calling me
the Pot Czar. Livin' the dream.
I’m really good at
bicycling! I'm from L.A. but didn't own a car until I was 32. It's
possible. Ironically, it was my work on a clean air campaign at the
Port of L.A. that finally forced me to buy a car.
Also, I've been practicing yoga for 14 years now. I prefer
vinyasa/flow most times but an occasional kundalini to bliss out is
always good. However, it wasn't until I started 90X a year or so
ago that I started practicing on a fairly regular basis.
The first things people usually notice about me
my smile? I don't know. I've never really asked that of anyone.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Top two favorite books of all time:
VALIS - Phillip K. Dick
The Illuminatus Trilogy - Robert Anton Wilson
Broken Social Scene
I've been totally obsessed with Spotify recently and have been
created this epic playlist with M83, Passion Pit, Grouplove, The
Lumineers, Ellie Goulding etc.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order:
My bicycle (especially now with my Hilltopper electric wheel. Let's
me commute to work, suited up, no sweat)
My stories - be it book, film, tv or comic. How plain my life would
have been without the endless worlds and characters I've
My bag. Custom designed by ReLoad. It was the most expensive
accessory I ever bought but it's been my constant companion on
multiple continents since 2004. Maybe you'll see it racing past you
when I'm pedaling down 15th or down Pike.
Five is good.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what to do this weekend. Also despairing over the dominance of
money in our political system. That's why I try to focus on finding
fun and cool things to do on the weekend. If it's all coming
crashing down I might as well enjoy it before it does.
On a typical Friday night I am
eating, drinking or dancing
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My middle name is Ben, after Old Ben Kenobi. My sister is Leia. I'm
3rd generation Mex-Am and 2nd generation nerd.
You should message me if
you'd like to go out on a date that is NOT a dinner and a movie.
Unless it's an awesome movie. Seriously, I prefer first dates where
there's more an opportunity to talk but sometimes there's that
movie you've just got to see.