I have worked as an archeologist since before graduating from UT Austin in the early 90s. I have been fortunate enough to have been paid to travel all over the states and beyond. While the work is often tedious, it can be interesting too.
Since I work as a semi-contractor, I tend to have a lot of free time in between projects. I use this time to pursue other interests. I usually have at least one 'obsession' going, some topic or activity that I am passionate about. Past obsessions have been running, cycling, Ukiyoe, David Bowie, MMORPGs, Buddhism, and Francis Bacon. Reading is a perpetual obsession.
My obsessions tend to feed off one another and lead to new obsessions. A good example would be the movie Fight Club. I saw it several times during its initial, short run in theaters and was blown away by it. Next I read the book that the movie was based on, followed by all of Palahniuk's other books. I sought out his influences and learned that his writing teacher Tom Spanbauer had written several novels, so I read them all and fell in love again. Then I traveled to Oregon to take several workshops with Spanbauer. It was an amazing experience. Between Spanbauer's workshops and his reading recommendations I had another half dozen threads to follow out. There is not enough time to experience all of it. Anyone who says they are bored is not trying very hard.
Current obsession (Winter 2014): Aerial Hoop and Corde Lisse, and I am about to give Pole a try.
One of my most recent field jobs involved watching as a highway near Houston was removed, making sure no graves were being disturbed. The reason graves were disturbed is the road was built on top of a cemetery in the 1930s. This happened a lot more often that you might think. We watched as big machines carefully scraped the ground a few inches at a time until they got so deep that we were sure there were no burials present. When we find burials we carefully excavated them by hand so they can be moved to a safer (less roady) part of the cemetery.
My last vacation was a long weekend in NYC. I planned the trip to see a rare performance by one of my favorite musicians, JG Thirlwell. My favorite book is set in Manhattan, so I took the opportunity to visit many of the important places in the book. Best vacation ever.
I've never cared to drive, so I have never had a driver's license or a car. Most people find it hard to believe that I can get by in Texas without one (especially in the summer,) but not only do I 'get by' without a car, I thrive by bicycling everywhere.
I am an INTJ. Emphasis on the 'I'
I look and live much younger than my biological age. I am very responsible, but also goofy, awkward (favorite word ever,) and have a healthy inner child. I have a freakishly fast metabolism that requires me to eat large amounts of fried food and ice cream just to maintain my weight. I eat like a five year old.
When I win the lottery, I am going to hire Tim Burton to design a house with crooked architecture, secret passageways, and hallways that go nowhere.
Music is my serotonin uptake inhibitor.
I am optimistic, kind, and Autoluminescent.
"I'm hard to get to know, and 'bout impossible to forget."