As long as I can remember, I've been creative and artistic, as well as a hopeless geek. As a teenager, I aspired to be an illustrator (specifically, a comic book penciller), so when the time came, I studied fine arts and illustration in college, finally earning a BFA in painting from UMass Amherst. Shortly thereafter, I got sidetracked into teaching English overseas, which led into a rather long transient period. I've lived long-term in Japan and Taiwan, as well as a too-short stint in London ( we got kicked out; long story). But after a couple of trips to the Bay Area, I knew this was where I wanted to be.
I have a wonderful wife, Jellykka , with whom I've been since 2002. We've had an open marriage since probably 2007. It started as a provisional experiment during a time when we were living in different countries, but once we got comfortable with it, we came to the realization that conventional monogamy wasn't for us, and we've taken the plunge into poly self-identification.
It bears some mentioning that in the past couple years I've become fairly active in the Bay Area kink scene, mostly with SF:TNG. It was a bit of a learning curve: at Open SF 2012 I remember thinking I was the most vanilla person at the entire convention, but after being introduced to kink by a secondary partner it's become a rather significant aspect of how I identify. That said, it's an option, not a requirement. I'm glad to be acquainted with veteran kinksters, vanilla folks and everyone in between.