Fun fact: The scariest night of my life involved solo hiking in Corsica, torrential rain, near-freezing temperatures, and a wild boar outside my tent.
I'm a chivalrous feminist, and I don't care if that's a contradiction in terms.
I am confident, but you'll find me making fun of myself rather than pounding my chest. I am a sensitive, compassionate guy who loves animals. I love cycling, hiking, and camping. I follow politics and social justice efforts. I have a sarcastic, sometimes (okay, often) politically incorrect sense of humor (that won't come across in this profile). When I'm comfortable with people (and sometimes when I'm not) I am goofy as shit. And I think the fiddle is both the saddest and the most beautiful instrument in the world.
On nice days (and even on not-so-nice days) I like to walk this city from end to end. After eight years here I'm still amazed at what I can find.
I grew up working on my family's farms in a town of 700 people just minutes from the Canadian border in northern New York where January nights regularly dip to minus-20 without the windchill. I miss the peace and quiet and the howl of coyotes through the valley on moonless nights.
I believe in the power of positive touch. I believe in the strength of shared experiences.
My favorite places in the world are the Adirondack Mountains, Krakow in the evening after a light snow, Berlin, Death Valley, and the Bavarian Alps. But I can find something to like about almost anywhere I go.