Grew up in the DC area, lived in Kansas City and Los Angeles before moving to Milwaukee.
I miss LA... especially in February.
I admit... I do not have an advanced degree. That said, I'm at least as smart as most of the college graduates I know. I have come to believe the sheepskin is merely the signal that gets you in the door of most places... sheer knowledge, intelligence, curiosity, drive, creative energy, interpersonal adaptability, application of skills... these things cannot be adequately reflected on paper, and the lack of said paper does not necessarily indicate a lack in any of those areas. That's my theory, anyway. The theory does not apply to applied sciences, btw. There's no substitute for lab-work.
That said, I will be attempting to get my own sheepskin.
I have been a missionary in Africa.
I have seen the green flash.
I lived in LA in order to enter the Industry. In the process I wrote/directed/produced my own short film. I have since produced a second here in Milwaukee, and am in the process of developing a third. I love directing!
I taught myself to play guitar and have written over two dozen of my own songs (of varying quality)...
I set the guitar down for a decade and have recently returned to it and am having fun teaching myself to play a bunch of songs I like/which speak to me...
I have spent a lot of time developing skills which are necessary for theatrical improvisation... observation, openness, good-nature, use of the body...
I have taught improv, and really enjoy that process.
I have had to unlearn my tendency of trying to impose my point of view on others. I work hard to suppress this impulse as it is mostly an expression of insecurity. Best to be good-natured and let people be.
Try to impose your POV on me and I may call you out on it. ;)
I've been told that if my life had a theme song, it might be 'No Rain' by Blind Melon (yes, I've taught myself this song).
... some days feel like 'Back To Good' however... (that one too)
... or 'Outshined' (not this one. Kim Thayil is insane)
One of my goals is to walk on the moon. By 65. Yes, this is a thing. I've even included it in a song. Stop looking at me like I'm nuts, it's going to happen!
I'm a member of the Lunar Reclamation Society.
My football allegiance is split between my beloved, long-hapless team, the Redskins and my adopted team, the Packers...
Having said this, I have been known to skip watching a game for more important activities.
THAT having been said... every two years I get stuck to the TV for inordinate amounts of time. Yes, I am an Olympics Junkie. I don't care what it is. I may not ever watch or even be interested in the sport otherwise. For some reason, however, when there's an Olympic medal on the line, it becomes deeply (disturbingly?) fascinating to me and I HAVE to watch. Ever hear of Team Handball? That's an Olympic sport and I will watch it. I even harbor a fantasy of becoming a world-class judoka. You're looking at me like that again...
My favorite place on Earth (so far) is Sequoia National Park. Standing under either General Sherman or Grant. Or on Moro Rock. Or on the ledge looking over the Valley upon entering Kings Canyon. Or hiking the trail in Mineral King... I'll stop there...!
I have dabbled in the Steampunk and Lebowski sub-cultures...
I am un-inked, and will likely remain that way. Not that I have anything against it, mind you. I made a promise to my grandma, may she rest.
I have a thing for large, megalithic structures.
I am proud of my Irish/Scots heritage. I once taught myself the pennywhistle, and even own a Tartan Kilt in my families pattern.
This summary is entirely too sober... I'm really a lot more fun in person! Promise!