"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own
“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at
school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach
you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to
be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you
don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's
going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say
to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth
I am always trying to learn things that are worth knowing. I spent
a lot of time trying to do that in the US, and now I'm taking the
show on the road for a while.
I'm currently in Thailand, going traveling around the world for an
indefinite period of time. I'm not really looking for anything
serious, just keeping this open as a way to maybe meet up with some
interesting folks while I'm on the road.
What I’m doing with my life
I was working as an acupuncturist, rock climbing, learning new
skills as a chef, electrician, and herbalist.
I spend a couple months a year out in the Black Rock Desert. If you
have to ask why, I don't know that I could explain it.
Currently working towards becoming a dive master, wilderness EMT,
and doing medical work for international disaster relief
I’m really good at
Cooking tasty things, fixing broken things and unhealthy people,
creative problem solving, being a monkey, getting lost and then
finding my way again, reading faces, story telling, working with my
The first things people usually notice about me
These days, apparently, it's the hair. I've had long hair for about
10 years, but recently cut it all off and have a mohawk. Apart from
that, I tend to be kind of reserved and laconic, but as soon as
there's a topic I'm interested in I light right up.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers, China Mieville, Clive
Barker, Terry Pratchet, Neal Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson,
Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Warren Ellis, and Alan Moore. Also
Douglas Hofstadter, Peter Levine, Sun Si Miao, Kahlil Gibran,
Albert Camus, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Timmothy Ferris, and
Michael Pollan. To name a few.
Music: Tom Waits, Jason Webley, Johnny Cash, Firewater,
Leonard Cohen, Alabama 3, Esthero, Massive Attack, Glitch Mob, Pink
Floyd, Red Elvises, Gogol Bordello, Movits, Nina Simone, Soul
Coughing, Tool, Tyr, Nine Inch Nails, Tin Hat Trio, Kronoss
Quartet, 16 Horsepower, The Devil Makes Three, Ani DiFranco,
Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs, Jerk Church, Ghost Town
Gospel, Amanda Palmer, edIT, Gotan Project, Iron & Wine,
I'll give just about anything a listen, but I don't have much
patience for pop, rap, or country, as a rule.
Food: I'm sort of what you'd call an optunivore. I'll try
just about anything once. Twice if I like it. Three times to be
sure. I've eaten scorpion and jellyfish and camel, and I'm game to
try just about anything as long as it's not still alive or
endangered. On the other hand, I like real food, and will generally
avoid fast food, processed food, soy (aka the Evil Hippy Bean), and
anything with ingredients that come from a lab. I cook most of my
own food, if I can make the time, and if go out to eat, it's
usually to deconstruct the food on the menu so I can figure out how
to make it at home.
The six things I could never do without
A backpack, a good multitool, sturdy boots, an endless supply of
books, a laptop, friends I can trust
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Pattern recognition, word games, things ending in -ology, social
justice, finding greater balance in my life, learning new ways to
help people, finding new recipes, taking the universe apart to see
how it works
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking a meal with friends, reading, watching a movie, rock
climbing. On the relatively rare occasion that I'm out at a club or
a bar, it's typically because I'm working the event or bartending.
In big social situations, I like having a job to do, which is why I
ended up being a bartender for a while, a stage hand for 5 years,
and why I do that thing in the desert.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
While living in China, I found out that the "lamb skewers" I ate
for lunch most days were actually cat. I kept eating them.
You should message me if
I'm going to try to update my location with whatever town I'm going
to be in next. If you live in or around there, or are also passing
through, and want to meet up for street food or a drink, or hiking
around and exploring the area, that all sounds good. If you know
some place off the beaten tourist path that a traveler should
absolutely go see, all the better.