38 Los Angeles, CA
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My self-summary
I am pretty much an LA native but wasn't born here and moved away for about 13 years. I have been back a few years and realize it is my home but who knows if I will be here forever. Love and hate with this city. I am a high school math teacher and love it. I care deeply about the world and our footstep, both personal and as a community, but like to relax and have fun as well. I enjoy all aspects of music; playing, listening, etc. I guess there is not much left for the etc. Eating? thinking about and buying? I am a basketball nut, both watching and playing, although I don't play enough. I enjoy relaxing, reading, watching movies, cooking, being outside and more stuff. I consider myself to be fairly laid back and goofy, but have my serious side as well.
What I’m doing with my life
Collecting quarters for laundry. I get very excited when something costs a dollar amount and under 25 cents, knowing I am getting 3 quarters back.

I am a high school math teacher. I like to learn and attempt to do so at all times.
I am also working on my physical self right now, getting in better shape and enjoying the outdoors that Los Angeles affords us.

I play music usually about once a week with some buddies. We have a ton of fun and it is a great release of energy. I am a drummer. I mess around with guitar, bass, harmonica and piano but am not very good.

I coach varsity softball at the school I teach at which takes up a lot of time in the spring but is a lot of fun. We are terrible but slowly improving.
I’m really good at
Really good? Procrastination? I play the drums and write as hobbies, but I wouldn't say I am really good at either. I think I am a good teacher and am good at telling people they suck at things without hurting their feelings.
The first things people usually notice about me
Right now, my beard. It is kind of bushy. I am enjoying not shaving. We'll see how long it lasts.

I have recently shaved above mentioned beard. I am a little scruffy right now, but that often changes. Now I am not really answering this question. Oh well.

beard update: while trimming last night, slipped and had to shave it all off, even my chops. pretty clean cut right now, but that won't last. oh well.

update: I have a beard again. And my hair is kind of long. Don't let anyone ever tell you not to start a sentence with the word "and." Grammatical fascism annoys me. Rules are made to be broken as long as the message is not muddled. As a high school teacher, I must admit I really do not like double negatives. They just do not make sense and I believe logic is an important part of communication. What was the question?

I have a beard but it is pretty short and clean. I don't think it is the first thing people notice about me anymore but have no idea what is.

My softball team now calls me jesus.

Summer 2014. Rockin Jesus continued

Winter. I shaved lightening bolts into the sides of my beard. Ok, I didn't really do that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I usually read non fiction, either about history, politics or sports, or the history or politics of sports. The last great non fiction I read was about the history of the banana. It was really fascinating and depressing.

Some books I enjoyed: welcome to the terrordome by dave zirin, math: facing an american phobia, siddhartha, the bfg and other roald dahl books, War and Peace, another roadside attraction, clemente: passion and grace of baseball's last hero, active liberty by steven breyer

I like almost all types of music, including but not at all limited to rock, reggae, funk, hip hop, jazz, blues, even some pop. I like the band Phish. deal with it. I really don't limit myself musically and love new musical suggestions. I enjoy seeing live music as well. Music is almost always on and is a big part of my life. recently I have been listening to Sinkane, Portugal the Man, Fergus and Geronimo, Heartless Bastards, Flying Lotus, D Charles Speer. Old favorites include Bob Dylan, , SOn Volt, Willie Nelson, John Zorn, Sly and Robbie, Digable Planets, the Roots, Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Beastie boys, Yellowman, mary j blige, ted hawkins, method man, poison, the kinks, the pixies, the beatles, cream, and a lot more. I am also a huge Ol Dirty Bastard/Big baby Jesus/DIrt Mcgirt fan and truly believe his genius is under appreciated. My dog is named after him.

I love watching movies. The only tv I watch is usually either movies and shows on netflix or old episodes of the simpsons and flight of the conchords. Recently I have been watching a lot of nature docs on Netflix. Currently watching a series about the wildlife of islands around the world. I love the Wire and Breaking Bad. So many great movies. Some movies I watch any time they are on from any point are Pulp Fiction, Pee Wees Big Adventure, Breaking Away, My Cousin Vinnie, Gattaca, the Jerk, I heart huckabees, being John malcovich, Hot Rod, and really a bunch more. I generally like movies that make you think but can definitely find value in cheesy movies that have some substance and thought in their detail.

Food: I was a vegan for about 8 years, vegetarian for about 12 or 13 but now eat meat and enjoy it. It did however take me awhile to reconcile some internal moral conflicts. I really am not picky but don't eat out much these days and am pretty much eating cave man style. I love Indian Food, Mexican, Salvadorian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian. Really, most foods I enjoy. I like frozen grapes.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order,
1 A drum set
2 Music
3 Books
4 Water (bodies of and drinking)
5 Basketball
6 Oxygen
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the world, my place in it, things I want to do, politics, the cyclical and linear nature of the universe.
On a typical Friday night I am
Different Fridays = different activities. Sometimes I go into a rehearsal space with a friend and play music, sometimes see live music, sometimes hang out at home playing chess on line and listening to records.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I admitted it in my music section, I love the band Poison. Not gonna lie about it. " Look what the cat dragged in" and "open up and say aaaaahhh" make me happy. I also occasionally drive to target to buy a package of underwear to avoid doing laundry for a few extra days.
You should message me if
You don't take yourself too seriously. If you like to have fun and relax, but also enjoy thoughtful conversation.