I am what you discern through the text of this website; a traveler,
writer and budding dialectician (to say nothing of a recent
transplant to Shanghai). I anticipate a career change to gentleman
adventurer within the near future.
In all seriousness, however, I am (among my many vices) a
consultant pondering a terminal degree after which I plan to live a
genteel life of largesse, integrity and all-around chivalric
What I’m doing with my life
In my spare time, I take a cue from Robert Heinlein:
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,
butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet,
balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take
orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze
a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal,
fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for
Self-improvement is a constant endeavor. Also, I pursue convivial
companionship, fine food and superb beverages with tremendous zeal.
I’m really good at
I'm an urban explorer and could walk until the ends of the earth,
plus I have a knack for getting selectively lost and unlost at
will. I develop a sense of new cities very quickly and can adapt to
almost any surroundings, one of the benefits of living abroad.
Riding the rails is a top priority, as is getting off the grid.
When travelling for pleasure, I seek out cold climates instead of
I also pride myself on rolling natural 20's when the party needs
The first things people usually notice about me
My insouciance. Also, my socks typically match; how about yours?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
These are merely guidelines and hardly exhaustive lists. Maybe you
can recommend something?
Yojimbo, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th
Dimension, 2046, In the Mood for Love, Star Wars IV-VI, Blues
Brothers, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Big Trouble in Little
China, The Seventh Seal, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are
Zhuangzi, Bill Watterson, J.G. Ballard, Tolkien, Robert E. Howard,
Neal Stephenson, Paul Theroux, H.P. Lovecraft, Jonathan Livingston
Seagull, Ursula Le Guin, William Gibson, Jules Verne, Angela
Carter, Clark Ashton Smith, Peter Hessler, Murakami.
Tchaikovsky, Dick Dale, The Dandy Warhols, The Pillows, The Shins,
Leningrad Cowboys, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, The New Pornographers,
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.
Planescape: Torment, Final Fantasy, Vagrant Story, Arcanum, Red
Alert 2, Chrono Trigger, Shin Megami Tensei Persona.
The Venture Bros., Firefly, The Avengers (with Diana Rigg,
obviously), PBS, No Reservations, Mystery Science Theater, Parts
The six things I could never do without
My wits, the Thomas Cooke Overseas Timetable and the good sense to
think before I speak.
A pair of solid boots.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Reading, writing, scuba diving, cooking, hiking & rambling,
travel, cats, witty ripostes and poetic swordplay, organic
gardening, mountaineering, good scholarship, trains and rail
travel, pulp fiction (in the penny dreadful sense), tea,
role-playing games and extraordinary things. Also, pickled okra.
On a typical Friday night I am
It's a dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But
on the twelfth floor of the ACME building, one man is still trying
to find the answers to life's persistent questions...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am inordinately fond of my color-sorted drawer of imported
You should message me if
I invite inquiries from all interested (and interesting!) parties.
If you want to communicate, send me a message, because I won't know
if you just give me a star rating.
Likewise, I admire wordplay, curious turns of phrase and a woman
possessed of legendary wit, beauty and charm with the inclination
to become one half of an Adventure Duo.