My day job is I am a professor at UW in the engineering school. I spend about a third of my time spinning tales to undergraduates about circuits and bits, a third working with graduate students imparting a zest for life, and a third handling.. err, BS. Somewhere in there I'm supposed to actually think for a living, but fortunately my graduate student's can do most of that for me :)
A bit more about me:
* You’ll find me easy going. I’m hard driving in life, sure, but I’m pretty relaxed in my romantic relationships. I don't check my phone on a date. I don't take myself nor life all that seriously.
* I regularly cross the country on my motorcycle for fun. It’s important meditative time for me. Someday I want to ship it to Europe and ride to China.
* I’m on track for 50K miles in the air this year. I routinely travel to the UK, Europe, the Middle-east and Asia, as well as the usual SFO, DGA, LAX, BOS, etc. I keep a folder of subway passes, SIM cards, and currencies for many spots on the globe and usually travel with no or limited reservations.
* I’ve owned and sailed offshore a couple boats before. I’ve sent one to davy jones locker as well. Presently I own a fishing boat and commercial crabbing boat (future plans). The salt water runs through my veins. I love the wind.
* I can sit for hours outdoors meditating with nature or talking with a partner. But put me in a room and expect me to watch TV (I don't own one) and I’ll go crazy.
* I’m a tinkerer. Don’t leave me alone with anything mechanical or electronic. I’ll disassemble and re-assemble it (usually but not always with the correct number of screws) because I want to see the beauty of its engineering.
I have an amazing primary life partner that I live and raise my two wonderful children with, and an awesome non-primary partner that I date regularly. I tend to form long term relationships (primary going on 9, non-primary 2, and enjoy the intimacy such time affords. For the right person, I have room in my life for one other special romantic relationship.
I am a foodie and a locavore. I enjoy a very fine meal out or in. My partner and I often throw large parties at our place (sometimes two in the same day), and we enjoy the whole process from cooking to entertaining. I also love hole-in-the-wall places and street food. I am an adventurous eater, and will consume anything. I raise oysters on my beach and will be working on raising my own fryer chickens this year.
For books, my all time favorites would be Catch-22, because it always confuses and explains me; 1984 because I feel like I'm living in it every time I cross back into the USA; and Air Kissing in the Northeast, which defines my childhood. I have been slowly working on writing a not quite sequel, sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.