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During the week, I spend my time teaching young (and some older)
impressionable college students about writing and literature. It's
not easy, but I actually really enjoy my job.
Outside of that, who the hell knows what I'll be doing? Life seems
to have become unpredictable lately, but that's the way I like
Two BIG--and welcome--changes occurred over the past year. Firstly,
after many years of being an adjunct instructor working on multiple
community college campuses, I was hired as a full-time tenure-track
instructor. I also became the proud owner of a house in West
Seattle. Also recently, after many years of being out of the fold,
I have reentered the world of freelance music writing. This has
really taken off for me, and I'm very excited for what lies
I've been in Seattle for a long time and love it here. I'm a social
person and love getting out and meeting new people; maybe you'll be
one of them.
What I’m doing with my life
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Building a career in the field of Higher Education. I am very lucky
to do something for a living that I don't hate (especially in this
economy). I am even luckier to have the privilege, as stated, of
doing this as a tenured instructor.
Also trying to be a sane (and solvent) homeowner.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
When I put my mind to it, lots of things. Lately I have channelled
this into getting back into writing outside of my job, (as
mentioned) specifically music journalism. I am contributing to a
blog now but hope to also be contributing to some higher profile
publications within the next few months.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I am fairly tall, I'm told. 6', 1" doesn't seem that tall to me (my
dad and brother are 6', 5"), but I guess I notice it when I'm
sitting in coach or am trying to find my size at the Nordstrum
I also like to use parentheses in my writing a little too much (not
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: I recently read "Ready Player One" and found it to be a
guilty pleasure. Bur mostly I find myself reading nothing but
nonfiction. l used to devour novels by the truckload, but I really
don't read them as much these days. (I'm trying to change that.) I
sometimes think it's because that's all my brain can handle at the
end of a long day of teaching classes and grading papers. Anyway,
recent faves here have been Luc Sante, Christopher Hitchins, and
myriad of titles from the "33 and 1/3" series.
Movies: "Brazil", almost anything by the Coen Brothers and "The
Third Man". I am all over the place when it comes to movies, and
I'll save other favorite titles for when we first meet (if you
Music (here's where it gets tough): Of the four things in this
textbox, this medium is the most important. I listen to a lot of
old stuff, mostly from the 60s and early 70s. My top five favorite
bands of all time in no particular order are The Kinks, The
Beatles, The Stones, The Velvet Underground, and The Zombies. I
used to host a radio show at KUGS in Bellingham that specialized in
obscure garage rock and psychedelia and I occasionally DJ a night
of rare soul and funk at a popular dive bar in Belltown. I am not a
"serious" club DJ. I don't scratch or mix beats. My gigs are
usually excuses to play a bunch of old records and drink beer.
Still, everyone has a great time, including me.
My indie rock friends give me lots of flak for being too retro in
my tastes, but believe it or not, there is lots of new stuff out
there that I enjoy, especially if I can see it live. Here are some
examples: Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Yo La Tengo (I know, they're not
that new at this point, but they still rock!), King Khan and the
Shrines, Ty Segal, Fleet Foxes, and many more. Lately I seem to be
in a '90s indie rock phase and am rediscovering Blur. Go
Food: I am going to keep this one short for now. I like food from
all over the globe (particularly southern European and Latin
American countries), but after recently eating my way through
France and the UK, I am planning on eating healthy for a while.
Good role models are welcome!
The six things I could never do without
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1. My family.
2. My friends
3. A passport.
4. My music collection (spread out rather chaotically across cd,
vinyl, and mp3)
5. My slow cooker.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How I can stop thinking about things too much.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Hopefully not having to grade papers...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I saw Laura Branigan live in 1984. Before you condemn me, though,
know that I was forced to do this, as it was a summer camp field
I also saw the Monkees in '87. I am less embarrassed about this,
mainly because Weird Al opened for them and stole the show!
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