I'm was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Been living and working in the Bay Area for more than fifteen years now, but somewhat stuck in the Central Valley at the moment. I think I'm a pretty well-balanced, grounded, unique human being. I'm an educator and passionate about social justice, but try not to let work and the state of the world overwhelm me. For that, I try to incorporate a healthy dose of exercise, Aikido and meditation.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying not to work too much. improving myself and my relationship with others, working on living in the moment more and looking for tranquility wherever I can get it. This includes trying to stay healthy, seeing my family more and just doing things that I enjoy more often, which means putting strict limits on my workload. Essentially, I'm searching for a healthy balance.
I’m really good at
Athletics, empathizing and listening to people, reading people
socially, organizing people politically, teaching, analyzing and
discussing politics. I teach Political Science, so should hope so!
Though, I am aware of my shortcomings as a teacher and my days are
filled with plenty of "Ideally, I'd do the following if I could
with my students." moments. :)
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes or dimples or broad shoulders, I guess.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Open Veins of Latin America, Reform or Revolution, What's the Matter with Kansas, The New Jim Crow, Youth, Identity and Chicano Power, Occupied America, The People's History of the U.S., The Global Class War, The Art of Peace...you get the point.
Movies: X-men 1 and 2, The Bourne Identity Series, Captain America 2, The Edge of Tomorrow, The Missing, Good Will Hunting and documentaries too of course.
TV Shows: I don't watch much TV, but I am a Walking Dead fan, Games of Thrones is pretty good, X-Files is coming back!
Food: Mexican, Italian and Indian
The six things I could never do without
Family, activist friends, baseball, Aikido, whiskey, sunshine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to improve my teaching, how to defend my job, workplace and students, how much a Republican Obama is (Yup, I said it. Watch "Dirty Wars": http://dirtywars.org
/), how to improve my relationship with my family and the state of the world in general. And to be perfectly honest, I am thinking more and more these days about finding a new job/career. I think I'd enjoy freelance journalism the most, but don't want the stress that goes along with insufficient pay.
On a typical Friday night I am
reading or practicing Aikido more than likely. I'm normally too
tired to go out on a Friday.
You should message me if
you are smart, sweet, physically active, can take serious conversation about the state of the world and you have decent personal/social boundaries and filters. I'm recently out of a close to 4 year relationship, so there's that. :)