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I'm pretty damn active. I'm seriously into camping, hiking and
biking (I bike everywhere). I'll accept any excuse to go to the
beach (Stinson beach is my favorite), or to Dolores park.
I have a strong theater itch (plays), and an especially strong pub
theatre itch. I love live music and live music festivals. I
especially love live music festivals that involve camping and
traveling through the woods. I also love dark foreboding blues
bars, because dark foreboding blues bars are great places to sip
whiskey and feel serious.
I have a serious wine and whiskey addiction, though not of the 12
step variety. I love bad, campy television and particularly bad
campy, teen related television (I may be the world's top expert on
Degrassi; do with that what you will).
I’m thoroughly academic (I’m in a Ph.D program, see below), and
accordingly I can argue the principle points of philosophy and
literature. I can discuss why Jane Austen needed therapy, how Eddie
ruined an otherwise flawless Rocky Horror or why skinny jeans are
an abomination. I can also discuss other topics.
I have a bit of a hippy streak, but more Keseyesque merry prankster
than drum circle. I privately find drum circles unnerving, unless
they’re surrounding a fire. I’m not sure why that is.
I travel a lot, as much as my Grad School routine (and budget) will
allow. If you enjoy weekend trips I will be a good companion.
I can't type, though I write for a living. I assure you I can
spell. I also, on occasion, flip between the American and British
spellings of theatre(er). Kudos if you caught that; a gold star to
For an actual description of what I am doing in the career, what I
want to do with my life sense see below. It’s a long story and I’m
What I’m doing with my life
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OK. Here’s the serous version of why I’m here and what I’m doing
with my life. It’s a long story.
I went to law school after college, all the while hoping that I
could get into academia someday. I love philosophy and history and
the legal side of both subjects has always fascinated me. So law
school it was, with the thought that eventually I would be a law
professor researching either urban development or gay rights
Somehow I got sidetracked after graduation (spending my third year
in Holland didn't help). I clerked, took a job as a criminal
defense attorney and then worked as a union lawyer for the UAW (in
St. Louis and Chicago). It wasn't a bad time; I became heavily
involved in urban "save the city" issues (if you've ever lived in a
shrinking city like St. Louis or Detroit you'll know why this is
important) and gay rights issues. Specifically, I started
representing a lot of recently outed parents in custody matters.
Midwestern courts do not look kindly upon homosexual parents so it
was rough going, but eye-opening.
It was a good time and I enjoyed it, but actually practicing law
was soul-crushing. I still wanted to be an academic, and I had my
eye on a Ph.D program at Berkeley. So basically I finagled my way
in. I went to Policy School at Berkeley for my master’s work and
now I’m at the Ph.D level (in Jurisprudence and Social Policy).
This is also a long story but I’ll spare you. Basically I’m now
exactly where I've always wanted to be and quite happy about it.
I’m actually stunned that I receive money to do something that I
would gladly pay to do.
Currently I'm studying LGBT legal issues (largely discrimination
against sexual orientation) and the societal impact of urban
design. Disparate I know, but they're both fascinating. Last
semester I worked for Equality California on the Prop 8 lawsuit (we
just won by the way). This semester I'm working for SPUR on the
redevelopment and design of San Jose. Eventually I'll have to
choose. If you want to debate or discuss same sex marriage or urban
design, I’m your guy. I’m also your guy if you want to camp, hike
or drink wine while watching bad television.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Air-hockey, writing, finding my way around strange cities, getting
lost in my native city, interior design, trivia contests, finding
good music, confusing my cat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Hmm. .. lets start with books. I'm currently obsessed with Dan
Dennett. I've always loved Bukowski, Nabokov, Dostoevsky, Ferdinand
Celine, Fitzgerald, Flannery O'Connor...
Pixies first and foremost; XX; Spoon; Mississippi John Hurt; Tribe
Called Quest; Etta James; Al Green; LCD Sound-system; Wilco; Gogol
Bordello; Tom Waits; Scissor Sisters .....
Shows. Let's see: Daily Show and Colbert of course. Mighty Boosh.
Degrassi (next gen). Breaking Bad. Walking Dead. Mr. Show (It's old
but it's classic - trust me). Game of Thrones. Boardwalk Empire.
Arrested Development (of course). Portlandia. Futurama. ....
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Live Music. Dots (the gelatinous kind). My bike. Divey blues bars.
Jameson & wine. Books. (I'm counting Jameson & Wine as one
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The influence of disgust on homophobia, the history of sexual
prohibition, the legal conceptions of sexual identity, what I would
say to Scalia if I could tie him to a chair and - most importantly
- if it's possible to attend burning man for "academic" purposes.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have not been to Machu Picchu, which apparently is a rare thing
amongst the OKC crowd.
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