i travel light when i seek new experiences and amazing adventures. i like to look under rocks. as a new friend puts it, i want to seek depth and come out clean. witty as hell when i try not to be.
i can also be a little long-winded. i'll try to keep it short. i'll fail. here goes...
my style of humor manifests in the moment of living openly and questioning the absurdity we live in. i have a flair for the blunt. i understate the obvious and make the obvious seem odd. if you've seen blue man group, i'm that third guy. if you haven't seen blue man group, then that last sentence sounds creepy...or arousing.
for the greek nerds and nietzsche lovers: i'm more dionysian than apollonian.
for those who like lists of random shit:
33: i’m an only child who despises the “only child syndrome” label...in fact, i don’t do well with labels at all.
32: there’s a small swim cabin by a dock on a lake in new hampshire. it’s my favorite place in the world.
31: if i had to choose between a sierra nevada and water to drink for the rest of my life, i'd choose sierra nevada in a heartbeat.
30: while i don’t believe in the “hand of god”, i know there are at least six times in my life when i shouldn’t have survived unscathed if at all.
29: i’m happiest when i’m too busy to wonder “am i happy?”
28: only once in my life have i experienced absolute darkness and absolute silence in the natural world...and that was in a swamp in stewart island, nz. the experience was enlightening and deafening at the same time.
27: i’ve driven from portland, oregon to trenton, new jersey in 55.5 hours...and i hope i never have to do it again.
26: the best job interview question i was ever asked: “if all the teaching positions in the world are filled, what would you do for work?” i blanked and couldn’t answer the question...and i didn’t get the job.
25: it took me a week to come to my answer to that interview question....i think i’d be a preacher. not by choice, but by calling....the same voice that calls me to teach. that said, what i'd preach would not be about the bible or any established religion. true religion is the intention behind our actions. and so i'd preach about having kind intentions.
24: my trail name from the appalachian trail was “casy”...i chose it after the preacher of the same name in steinbeck's “the grapes of wrath”.
23: the worst physical pain i ever felt was from a sinus infection when i was 18.
22: i know how to sing “winnie the pooh” in japanese.
21: i’m not one for shedding many tears, but three pieces of video infallibly reduce me to a bubbling heap of tears:
A. when ray kinsella plays catch with his dad at the end of “field of dreams”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_wnD6jxREU
B. the video clip from the olympics when the sprinter tore his hamstring on the track, tried to finish but couldn’t, and his dad came on to the track and helped him finish....while the whole stadium applauded and the world was a little more inspired....and you can't find an unedited version anywhere (send me a link if you find one!)...just sappy bullshit with mild religious overtones about how god carries us through. the world would be a more sacred place without religious nuts.
want the sappy coldplay version:
or perhaps creed:
or with cheesy music and layers of christian ooze... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE
C. jimmy valvano’s speech at the espy’s in 1993. if you’ve never seen it, you need to see it on youtube. seriously, stop reading this list and watch it right now:
20: there’s a wave on a river in connecticut and on that wave i could sit in my kayak and be content to surf it until the river god came to get me.
19: if i could only climb one more mountain my entire life, it would be mt. katahdin in maine.
18: i love brussel sprouts...sierra nevada and grilled brussel sprouts...my last meal.
17: in a world where good parenting is in short order, i am blessed to have four parents who love me unconditionally....and i give thanks for that every day.
16: i’ve never punched anyone in my life...nor have i ever been punched. i don’t know if this is a rare thing or not....perhaps i’m just a pacifist who’s also an effective bullshitting diplomat.
15: i’ve never been to mexico.
14: the coldest temperature i ever felt: -33 degrees fahrenheit....new year’s eve 1997...solo camping in white mountains...never slept due to the cold. stayed up shivering and read krakauer's “into the wild” cover to cover, finishing just after sunrise. one of the best new year’s of my life.
13: of all the variables in my life, the art of teaching is the one passion that gives me direction.
12: my left leg is almost an inch longer than my right. i broke it in 5th grade gym class...playing kickball.
11: i worry about about the weirdest shit sometimes.
10: best invention ever: legos. second place: ice cream.
9: i despise the shift key.
8: seriously, i really despise the shift key.
7: i believe that there are only two emotions in this world: fear and love.
6: i want to hitch-hike across canada.
5: i’m deathly afraid of heights.
4. i’m even more afraid of regret.
3.1415... i'm a bit of a math nerd.
3. my greatest flaw is my impatience...with people, with me, with life...
2. nothing is ever complete. the best things keep evolving, therefore...
for the math nerds:
f(x) > 0: curious, reflective, playful, intelligent, witty, engaging, thoughtful, conversational, passionate, articulate, dreamer
f(x) = 0: explorer, educator, student, writer, reader, thinker, nerd
f(x) < 0: impatient, moody, self critical