A native of Wisconsin (apparently that is frowned upon by my fellow Minnesotans). Through the humid garden districts of our Nation’s Capital, to the warm corner bars of the Windy city to the 70 square miles surrounded by reality also known as Madison to the bike paths and passive nature of our Twin Cities – I’ve lived throughout the East Coast to the shores of Lake Michigan and now to the City of The North. Along the way I’ve learned the trade of making new friends, the importance of a good watering hole and to be comfortable in your own silence but to welcome the flow of a good conversation from a stranger.
I grew up in a small Wisconsin town - grew up on a farm with horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, cats and I’ve fished, drove trucks and loved the small towns plotted throughout Wisconsin. However, my mind and heart were in far off places which I frequented through books, music and films. I continue these journeys even today.
I moved to Minneapolis a couple of years ago in continued pursuit of the American Dream. Summer picnics, crisp fall walks hand n’ hand, the faint smell of a wood burning stove, early bike rides on a summer morning before the morning dew burns off and farmers market filled with aimless patrons. Warm smiles with cold treks out in the snow for fun, music, good food and good films.
Music is vital to my daily consumption which consists of old school R&B, punk, rap, hip shakin’ rock and roll to classical music and mind-blowing jazz performances captured to melt our minds. Johnny Cash and David Bowie are my heroes. My favorite movies range from The Big Lebowski to Ladri di biciclette.
My favorite movie is Cool Hand Luke – “Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.”
I’m a firm believer in reading the New Yorker and the NY Times. I religiously listen to NPR. I love to cook fresh foods and I love cafes with dangerous menus and flowing bottles of wine.
I still dig my can of Old Style tall boys when I’m listening to the ballgame on the radio or ice fishing. A good Irish whiskey or a Bourbon can always warm my belly. I love camping, trucks with a good story and Friday Fish Fry. You’ll also find me at concerts that range from classical and jazz to rap. I can also enjoy a day of cross country skiing and wind up at a show or a fancy restaurant. The problem is I’ve grown accustomed to performing these rituals by myself and I think it far more enjoyable if I had a companion to enjoy these affairs.
For me, the fun is in the small adventures you can find in everyday life, such as excellent green chili found in a Pharmacy in New Mexico to summer outdoor Italian films on an off street of Baltimore’s harbor. This is when I’m in my element, finding the wonderful details of life even in the smallest of places - a Subcultural Jacques Cousteau.
I’ve lived, loved and lost and I continue this cycle. I have no regrets.
Some may say I’m vertically challenged – bout 5’6 but I’m secure in the body I was given. I eat healthy, workout during the week and I play hard on the weekends. I maintain the important gentleman qualities bestowed upon me by my Papa and my love for life stems from my beloved Nana. I open doors for women, smile at children and help old ladies across busy streets. I’ve also won dance offs and slammed danced at ear-bleeding levels of aggression while kickin’ it with some soul sisters at clubs on the Southside.
I am an old soul searching for a companion to carry on with.
Music: The Clash. The Stones. The Beatles. David Bowie. Chet Baker. The Roots. Wilco. Wu Tang Clan. Dinosaur Jr. Dwight Yokam. The Man in Black. Deltron 3030. Thievery Corporation. Dylan. The Walkmen. TALKING HEADS. The National. Bach Cello Concertos. You know - pretty much music in general. I cannot play but its saved my life in so many ways.
Podcast: This American Life, Fresh Air, Market Place, Sound Opinions and Freakonomics.
Movies: I'm not a TV person. More of a movie guy. Cool Hand Luke. HUD. Casablanca. Rear Window. The Big Sleep. The Maltese Falcon. Cinema Paradiso. Caddy Shack. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The Verdict. Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Let the Right One In. Unforgiven. The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Breakfast at Tiffany's. Shawshank Redemption. Leaving Las Vegas. A River Runs Through It. When Harry Met Sally. Empire Strikes Back. this list could go on and on... I love movies.
I’ve become a big fan of the locavore scene. I was pleased to see The Twin Cities embrace this philospy. I’ve tried to enjoy the many restaurants however I’m searching for new places to enjoy. Also – I easily am geek'd out by a good Bahn Mi and Pho. I crave Vietnamese food.
Coffee and tea.