A couple of years ago I was looking around for something else new to sink my teeth into and, having been a 'traditional' juggler for most of my life, I was drawn to the eerie fluid grace of contact juggling (If you remember David Bowie's role as the Goblin King from The Labyrinth, then you may have an idea).
I received a bachelors in philosophy--philosophy being an pursuit which is as much a source of creative inspiration and insight for me as it is an intellectual mind game. I like discovering and turning over new ideas. I'm a pluralist, and I believe in the adage 'live and let live' as far as possible, but I also think this is best achieved when we come to understand, if not respect, the views of others as well as our own.
I'm a casual distance runner and cyclist (though not of the swanky variety). I usually commute by bike to work or school, and leisure rides on calm summer nights can be exquisite. I still haven't run a marathon, but it's on my bucket list. Running is both a way of staying grounded and aware of my body and environment, and of pushing myself to my limits in an ongoing quest for personal transcendence.
l've been a book lover as far back as I can remember. I read a large amount and a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, but I've always had a soft-spot for sci-fi, fantasy, and coming-of-age stories. My library keeps expanding, despite having bought a Kobo e-reader in a well-intentioned attempt to keep it in check.
I have an eclectic taste in music as well, and I play around on my old midi keyboard now and then when the mood strikes. I'd like try a more portable instrument one of these days when my schedule permits.
Nature is awe inspiring and sometimes terrifying. I enjoy short camping trips, day-long hikes and beach fires, preferably in summery weather, although I can work up the motivation for a more serious adventure if someone is around to prod me. As for pets, you could say that I'm a cat-person at heart, but I like dogs too, and I grew up surrounded by a whole lot of other animals including rabbits, turtles, hamsters and fish, not to mention the loitering backyard racoons, squirrels and deer. I was once surprised to see a river otter run through my parents' yard. Growing up, I was able to see Killer Whales every summer, which was like nothing else.
Logic puzzles, board games, and puns are underrated sources of amusement. I appreciate art in its many forms, including the peculiar and the offbeat. I'm always seeking harmony between the logical and the intuitive sides of my personality. All that being said, I like kicking back with good friends and a few beers, hanging at the beach, going for a bike ride, or watching a brainless movie.