I'm a midwest guy, slightly sarcastic, quick with a joke, Sometimes
acerbic, sometimes saccharine sweet, accepting of those who accept
others, happy to meet new people. I love knowledge of all kinds and
I try to use what I have acquired on a constant basis. I can be an
amazing friend if the need arises, though I'm quick to distance
myself from exploitation. I . . . I like soup? Damn, self
descriptions are really tough. Just ask me anything, I'm an open
When I wake up in the morning I lay in bed for at least 20 minutes
before my feet touch the floor - excellent thinking time. I'm a
pretty good cook. Not a great cook, but I used to be paid to be a
cook, so I like to think I'm alright. I throw dinner parties. I
would probably be a good addition to your trivia team, though that
says much more about my upbringing than my current
I'm super lucky in a morbid sort of way - I've survived a house
fire, a sinking boat, a bunch of car accidents (none my fault), a
rather large electrical explosion, two huge floods, a hurricane,
and countless late nights on the town - so depending on your point
of view I'm either pretty lucky or almost out of luck.
I'm just sort of your average liberal white guy. And I vote.
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying it! Getting ready for another Wisconsin summer and all it
entails. Camping, reading, bourbon, biking, cooking, cold local
beer, grill outs and the occasional hiking trip. Currently trying
to devise a plan to get the squirrels to stop digging up the plants
on my porch. Cayenne pepper dusting has failed, I think it's time
to up the Scoville units a few notches.
Also, trying to decide what to do with my life -and, yes, I realize
I'm 31 - I'm kinda deliberate like that in regards to the
I’m really good at
Making a mess, cleaning it up, cooking, public speaking, washing
dishes, driving, walking, cracking wise (as gramma would say),
speling, air guitar and drums, photography, traveling, being
super-sweet to little old ladies, problem solving, humility, and
playing Devil's advocate (if warranted).
The first things people usually notice about me
My height? Blue eyes? I've been told I look quite young for my age,
so maybe my baby face?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Louie - best show on TV, Raising Arizona (or anything by the Coen
Brothers for that matter), FOTC, The Moth, Party Down, Vonnegut,
Ricky Gervais, Archer, Edward Abbey, Portlandia (though I was sure
I'd hate it when I first saw it) Daily Show, Colbert, dense
almanacs (mmm, facts), Cooks Illustrated, Sedaris, Tom Robbins,
This American Life and almost any book good on tape or interesting
Rushmore was and still is the overly tragic and hilarious
re-telling of what I thought my teenage years were like, plus it's
just perfect cinema, in my opinion.
I tried making a homemade tandoor for my backyard, but my small
test oven caught on fire, I know, I know. So I kinda, sorta
scrapped the project for the time being. Himal Chuli is my go-to
comfort food of choice lately, Lao Laan Xang is a close
Music-wise, I'm kind of all over the place. I guess I've really
been into Cat Stevens this past winter, though that's giving way to
the more upbeat sounds of Sam Cooke, Ann Peebles, Otis Redding and,
somehow, the Fugees et al. The Talking Heads and some old Ween and
Beastie Boys are in the mix as well. I'm sure that will change by
the time you read this.
Almost finished with "Skinny Dip," by Carl Hiaasen. Pretty, pretty,
The six things I could never do without
Good friends, warm/cool sheets (weather dependant), Valentina hot
sauce, multiple alarm clocks, all night conversation and a sixth
I spend a lot of time thinking about
global events, local issues, how people interact, historical
connections, scientific independence, civil rights, why I'm not
sleeping right now and my unlucky house plants.
Why the ads on this page are asking me to participate in a survey
regarding my preference for different brands of margarine? Is this
On a typical Friday night I am
50% of the time I'm out on the town, 25% hanging at home with
friends playing euchre, grilling out or sitting on the porch. 25%
working late or enjoying my own company.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've never won a game of scrabble, though not for lack of
I have ten neices and nephews, and most of them think I'm the cool
uncle - don't tell my siblings.
I may or may not have Willie Nelson's private phone number in my
You should message me if
If "excess in moderation" is a good descriptor of your life.
If you have plenty of embarrassing stories to tell, and you're
willing to eventually share them.
If you own a copy of, "Places We Save."
If you have a good sense of humor.