I insist on performing chivalrous acts, would like to believe I'm a hopeless romantic and am deathly afraid of unrequited love. I've been described as a maven, mostly because I research the crap out of everything and am more than willing to tell you all about it. It makes me an educated consumer of goods and services. I know a lot about a lot. Much of it is random and useless. I capitalize and punctuate texts, chats and e-mails.
I love musical theater, maybe even more than you do. I'm very particular about who I let cut my hair. I've grown a handlebar moustache on three separate occasions. I think it's cool, but not in the ironic sense. The more I dress up, the better I look. I have a penchant for argyle socks and bow-ties. I still hang and fold my laundry like I learned when I worked retail. I unabashedly look at people on the 'L' for ideas and trends of all sorts (Wikipedia just told me those single quotations are necessary).
I lived in Paris for 18 months back in '86 but haven't been back overseas since. I am none too happy about that. In my childhood my parents were nice enough to help me visit all 50 states before I was 14. I like sock monkeys. I have a sock monkey that has since returned with me to 38 states and sadly is more traveled than many of my friends. I haven't owned a car in 5 years but I'm getting one again soon!
I can say the alphabet faster backwards than you can forwards. I learned it when I was young because my father could do it; I did not learn it in order to pass roadside sobriety tests. The most famous person I've ever had dinner with was Vincent Schiavelli, I once talked on the phone with Charo, and I've slammed some beers with former Minnesota Vikings head coach and Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice. I played the bass clarinet in the 8th grade band because I got bored playing the sax (look it up, it's not your average clarinet).
I was born and raised in "The State of Hockey". I was on ice skates before I was 3. I have lived in Cottage Grove, Collegeville (yes, that's a real town and yes, I did go to some college there), St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN as well as Baltimore, Atlanta and now Chicago (not to forget Bougival, France). I went to an all male, Catholic, military, college-preparatory high school and somehow managed to get voted best dancer in our senior poll. I have two undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, BS in Genetics, BA in Psychology and I'm on my way to an M.A. and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. But let's be honest, who doesn't need two bachelor's degrees and why not take 11 years to get them? To assist with finances along the way I worked the front desk at different, mostly AVEDA salons and spas for the better part of a decade.