I sold my car! My primary mode of transportation is now my bicycle. I am slowly accumulating the gear I need to ride a bike from Portland to Portland. I'm not sure if I will start here and go there, or if I will go there by some other method and then ride back home.
I'll be riding my bike 200 miles from Portland to the Common Ground Fair again in 2015. Learn more: ClimateRideToCommonGround.org
In February of 2012, I finished a job as an Assistant Director and Camera Operator on a documentary film"American Autumn" that premiered globally June 28th in NYC at Indie Screen. It is currently available as a pay-what-you-want DVD copy at Occudoc.org.
"Some day you and I will be dead, and this place we call home will be torn to the ground to make room for a new set of lives, but until then, let's have some fun." -Ze Frank
I was living between DC and NYC from October till January 2011.
I'm living in Portland, Maine now. I play bass in the rock band Theodore Treehouse, and write Jazz music for Pastel Sound Explosion.
I enjoy life.
My profile is a mess.
So here's the thing: I signed up for this when this was still Sparknotes.com (a website with fake quizzes and real cribnotes for cheating on tests) and OkCupid was just ONE of the many quizzes. So I've been a member of this site since I was like 17. I've had 4 deep and meaningful long term relationships since then, and only one of them was through this site.
I don't want a fling, I don't want a hookup. Finding a partner is not on my priority list. I want deep and meaningful relationships. I would rather have a deep friendship than a shallow relationship.
I enjoy gardening, and will grow/forage a portion of my food no matter where I live. In West Cleveland, I grew potatoes on my windowsill. In Dallas, I grew fresh cantaloupe in a compost pile. In Maine, I grow potatoes in the front yard, along with a lot of other delicious stuff.
When I was a little kid, I would tell people I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up. I read books and magazines on microbiology, astronomy, and theoretical physics for fun-- as a kid. How did I end up being a musician?
I love languages, and codes. I know a few languages, and speak them to varying degrees. If you are a native speaker of something other than English, and wouldn't mind helping me learn, message me.
I feel like I'm always on the cusp of what's to come, but never quite arriving. I spread myself too thin.
I am a musician,
I worked as an intern on Dennis Kucinich (pronounced Koo-SIN-itch)'s presidential run in 2007-08. I dropped everything in my life for this guy nobody has heard of-- why? A lot of really good reasons. Ask me about it. I love talking politics. With Kucinich's presidential campaign I got to travel the country, organize fundraisers, talk to celebrities like they were real people, speak to people from all walks of life, and see the American political machinations from inside. I also got to meet my political superheroes, like Ex-CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich (of course), Mike Gravel, and others-- and yes, I took their autographs down in my pocket US Constitution. (NERD ALERT)
I've been to 31 states in the contiguous USA, and 4 Provinces of Canada. I consider myself having lived in 8 of those states. I've not been beyond the edge of the North American continental shelf yet. I would like to someday, either by boat, or by airplane. By boat would be more of an adventure.
I have an online persona as the Punk Patriot. I'm a leftist pundit. I say things to try and stir up debate. I even make a little money doing it. You are allowed to think this is incredibly dorky. I agree.
I love books. I have two large bookshelves that are entirely filled with books, and I have read probably 80% of them. The rest I either keep as reference, am in the middle of reading, or plan to get around to reading later. By my bed I always seem to have a stack of 3-7 books that I'm in the middle of reading.
Why do I love books?
Authors have to live their entire lives to get the experiences and knowlege to write their books, and you can get an entire lifetime of accumulated knowledge, wisdom, and experience in just a few hours. What a bargain!
I believe in Science. I approach all other religions (including Christianity) from a Taoist perspective. I like good ideas. I would describe myself as Taoist even though I'm a confirmed Catholic. I think Jesus had some pragmatic ideas when it came to social organizing. I also like that Jesus kept telling his followers to focus only on improving themselves. It's bizarre that so many "Christians" today focus on trying to "improve" other people-- often for the worse.
I'm firm believer that our goal in life must be to maximize the happy.
I like to intellectually challenge others, and I like for others to intellectually challenge me. Challenging and examining one's currently held ideas is the only way that growth is possible, and I'm passionately in support of the growth and evolution. I find critical thinking skills, and intelligence are both super attractive.
I'm 6'4", which is only a little bit tall for a guy, but it's very tall for a woman-- which is too bad, because I wish more women were near my height. Why? Long arms make for amazing hugs, and I enjoy both giving and receiving amazing hugs. I also don't like having to bend down to hug people. And yet, for friends and grandmothers, I do.
As a musician, I love music. I don't worry about genres. Like Duke Ellington, I believe there are two kinds of music, the good kind, and the other kind.
I don't know which group I find most annoying: people who are certain that God doesn't exist, people who are certain that God *does* exist.
My two biggest heroes of political philosophy currently are Ralph Nader and Vaclav Havel. In light of that, I guess I'm a Democratic Socialist.
There is nothing in this world that does not affect you and there is nothing in this world that you cannot affect. The future is always our blank canvas on which to paint our intentions and vision. This only stops being true the moment you give up. Live your life as such and you can achieve anything.
Everyone should start consciously participating in life! Not just some of the time. All the time. We must always be listening, and looking and interacting with everything around us, always be paying attention.
Pour la religion, j'aime de bonnes idées. Je n'ai pas besoin de cérémonie, j'ai besoin de bonnes idées.
Je suis Taoist, capitaliste et anarchiste. Mais je ne suis pas anarchiste dans la mode de violence ou la mode condescendre. Je sais tout le gouvernement est fictif dans nos esprits, mais rendus vrais par nos mains. Le gouvernement existe seulement parce que nous pensons et agissons. Mais c'est très vrais, et nous pouvons le former, et nous pouvons participer dans les processus.
Je déteste le fascisme.
Écoutez. Regardez. Prêtez L'Attention.
Quand vous vivez, vivez consciemment. Tous les temps!