itsmyhappening
45 Seattle, WA
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My self-summary
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 it!

Two BIG--and welcome--changes occurred over the past two years. . I Firstly, I became the proud owner of a house in West Seattle. Secondly, after many years of being an adjunct instructor, I was hired on the tenure track in 2013 and FINALLY earned tenure this past June. I still can't believe that this happened, and not a day goes by where I am not extremely grateful to have reached this milestone of my career. 2015 was a great year, but I'm even more excited for what lies ahead!

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
Building a career in the field of Higher Education. Also trying to be a sane (and solvent) homeowner.

Travelling... a lot. I have family all over the US and usually make it to the east coast at least once a year. I also have been spending a lot of time in Montana these past few summers.
The first things people usually notice about me
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 Rack.

I also like to use parentheses in my writing a little too much (not surprising).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I recently read "Redeployment" and found it to be extremely powerful. 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 authors here have been Nicholas Carr,and myriad of titles from the "33 and 1/3" series, and, of course, David Sedaris.

Movies: "Brazil", almost anything by the Coen Brothers (just saw "Hail Caesar--loved it!) 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 care).

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 used to DJ a night of rare soul and funk at a popular dive bar in Belltown.

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: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Yo La Tengo (I know, they're not that new at this point, but they still rock!), Ty Segal, Fleet Foxes, Field Music, and many more. Lately I seem to be in a '90s indie rock phase and am rediscovering Blur. Go figure!

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). These days I at least try to eat healthier on a consistent basis. Good role models are welcome!
The six things I could never do without
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
How I can stop thinking about things too much.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hopefully not having to grade papers...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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 trip.

I also saw the Monkees in '87. I am less embarrassed about this, mainly because Weird Al opened for them and stole the show!
You should message me if
You want to.
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