People ask me all the time why I stopped singing and went to law school. Most people assume it's because I wanted to make more money. If you want your answer, watch Jason Brown Free Skate 2014 US Figure Skating Championships on YouTube. Look for the absolute joy on his face.
Every once in a while you get the privilege of being near someone in whom hard work, skill, talent, and sheer joy all come together. Those people have found what God put them on Earth to do. I looked around me, as a musician, and saw that in other people, but never found it in myself. I have a beautiful voice, talent, and even a small amount of skill, but I never had that sheer joy in singing. Many of my friends in music embodied what Jason Brown does in figure skating.
My joy, and hopefully my skill and talent, come into play in the law and in politics. I am happier now, even as just a student of the law, than I ever was as a musician. That is why I quit music and why I have never looked back.
I like to talk about all of the things people aren't supposed to talk about in polite conversation: law, politics, religion, gay rights, reproductive rights, Supreme Court decisions, elections, you name it.
I enjoy outdoor activities like running, hiking, rollerblading, swimming and such as long as they don't last overnight. I want to sleep inside. In a bed. I don't camp unless absolutely necessary. I also love martial arts, theater (musical and straight), books, movies and Italian food.
I hate the gym, but I do work just to keep from getting out of control. I play racquetball quite a bit with my law school friends, but I am a bit stocky and there is no getting around it.
I actually do have my beard right now, but when I worked for the Navy this past summer they made me shave it off. I have grown it back for the winter and I will see what happens when it gets hot again.