"We are the Otters of the universe."- Richard Bach
"Straights only marriage is like whites only water fountains." - me
"The universe is not made of molecules; it is made of stories." - attributed to the Talmud
"I've never seen you be a douche." -- Ben, a real life friend of mine
"Fiery blue eyes and a 'fuck-yeah, let's do it' attitude." -- Paul, my friend since high school
More so than many, I am difficult to summarize. I'm not just a "mechanic who likes to fly fish and watch hockey" or a "scuba-diving transsexual who wants to try haggis and and likes to grow aspidistras." I'm actually none of those things, although scuba diving has always attracted me; I'm more like to date a mechanic than to be one, although I can hold forth extemporaneously on the societal impact of the internal combustion engine and explain, in some detail, how one works.
I grew up on a carnival (really), traveled the world in a tin can full of stinky dudes (it was, however, the USS Enterprise, the sheer geekery which sustained me through many trying times and is still worthy of a -- manly -- "squeeee"), helped bring the Internet around the world, co-founded a high school, finished a BA at 50, a master's at 54, and am now shopping for a doctorate. I've seen the Grateful Dead 40+ times (fair warning -- I bleed tie-dyed). I'm an idealistic pragmatist (or vice-versa) who bursts into song at random intervals and can find the funny in almost everything (extra credit for knowing this actually keeps me from crying a lot of the time).
My strategies regarding status or money are quite eccentric, contrarian, and episodic -- ramen today, sashimi and lobster when the grant checks arrive or I am able to pull a magic money-bunny out of a hat. Having climbed to a six-figure income in two different industries, I appreciate having the scratch to eat out, travel, attend theatre or ballet anytime I want to. Having mortgaged so many years of my life doing what it took to make a six-figure income in two different industries, I have taken a sacred vow to never make the pursuit of mean dollar green a top-ten priority ever again. This makes me much more creative about how to fund something and much more likely to be happy. I am supremely wealthy in all that truly matters to me -- kids, cats, books, music, laughter, shoestring travel, pursuing an education from which I hope to leave a better world behind me when I go, and the awesome people I get to hang out with in real life and on sites like OkC (the latter ideally leading to more awesome people to hang out with IRL).