bike_for_days
36 Philadelphia, PA
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My self-summary
Music and bikes. All day every day. Throw some books and art in there somewhere.

I love Philly, but grew up in the woods of New England. I am working towards a plan so I can have the city and country in my life, equally.

When I taught high school one of my favorite students informed me that I would "meet my future wife at a 'rave-type' event. She will have purple hair." I have no idea where this statement came from. Could this magical person be you? Hehe
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching Philadelphia youngins the fine art of clapping in rhythm, and the difference between a sousaphone and a saxophone.

Current: K-6 Elementary music. I plan to take over the world with a Kindergarten Kazoo Choir and Bucket Drums.

Old: teaching drumline and running the recording studio at a high school in North Philly. I am convinced that all high schoolers have un-diagnosed ADHD... Now add drums to this equation.
I’m really good at
Strumming steel strings and hitting objects in a musical manner.

Giving overly enthusiastic kids side-hugs that are just shy of a headlock.

Cooking. Although I am no longer veg I can still make a bangin veg chilli.

Making stuff:
I like to do-it-myself, from woodworking to fixing stuff at home. A friend and I are making a cabin in the woods. For the everyday, not doomsday.
http://southphillyhillbilly.tumblr.com

Listening. Nope, not just saying that one for brownie points. I love to hear about someone else's day or interests or expertise.
The first things people usually notice about me
Ninjas don't get noticed.

...till too late.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - Hemingway, Burroughs, Cormac McCarthy, Tom Robbins, Phillip K Dick, Sylvia Plath, Noam Chomsky, John Zerzan, Lewis Mumford.

90's Image/DC/Marvel, Harvey Pekar, Calvin and Hobbes. Not so up to date on current comics but always looking for good indie comic suggestions.

Music - anything and everything. No really, from classical to country to free-jazz to death metal. Currently: Cat Power, Will Oldham, Al Green, John Fahey, Gnarls Barkley, Magnolia Electric Co., Cult of Luna, the Melvins, Big Business, Notorious BIG, and lots of jazz.

You don't have to actively like metal or hardcore or noisier stuff but don't mind if it's on sometimes to deal with a rough day, or get some cleanin done son.

TV: Parks and Rec, The Office, Breaking Bad (give them all the Emmys), The Wire, Deadwood, and the old Arrested Development.
The six things I could never do without
A bike.
My close friends/family.
A cast iron pan
Some books (a few light reads, a few heavy theory).
Some sort of percussion instrument (which I suppose the pan could double as).
A Guitar.

I tend to see this question as a deserted island list. Anything else I would form out of coconut husks and sea shells. Primitive backwood crafting yo.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The difference between tweakin, twakin and twerking.

Having a beer with Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson.

How Chooch got that cheek scar...
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday is officially Taco Night. You do like tacos right? Who doesn't like tacos? Even communists like tacos.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Real men snuggle.

I ride a fixed geared mountain bike. Yep, they exist.
Nope, I haven't broken anything... yet.
You should message me if
You aren't afraid of a little dirt or paint or ink under the fingernails.

I'd love to meet someone who frequently bolts out of bed to jot down an idea, write a song, or make some art cuz it just can't wait till morning, and yet still understands that creativity and stability are not diametrically opposed.

Fellow teachers get brownie points. No, it's not some kind of job-snobbery thing; it just means we'd have similar schedules.

Ladies who can kick my ass at Scrabble, but won't rub it in too bad...

And lastly, if you want to ride some bikes.
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