I'm an adventurer, a polyglot, a St. Louis native, a compassionate
guy, an educator, a reader, a doer, a try-anything-oncer, a
quick-to-trust confidante, a helpless star-gazing romantic, a
level-headed, creative man who wholeheartedly subscribes to the
following two quotes from e.e. cummings:
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
"Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense."
What I’m doing with my life
I am an elementary school teacher at a private school in the county
which, in my opinion, is quite possibly the very best job in the
entire world. I love my kids, my classroom, my colleagues, and
Oxford commas. It's great to be able to travel over the summer, and
the salary isn't as bad as everyone fears. I also coach high school
sports during the winter and spring, so I'm around 9-18 year-olds
nearly everyday. I'm very happy with my life.
I’m really good at
-taking apart a Land Rover with only a ratchet set and
-making eggs benedict and Thai food (not at the same time,
-looking at something in a magazine and thinking, "I can make
-ignoring requests to send large amounts of money to Nigerians that
I don't know
-being an awesome uncle to twins
-brushing my teeth
The first things people usually notice about me
Friends say that I put people at ease when I meet them- I'm not
threatening, or shy, or overly enthusiastic, or standoffish- I'm
just approachable me. I always travel by elephant, so people tend
to notice that, too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A Town Like Alice and On the Beach (Nevil Shute)
Travels (Michael Crichton)
Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
Adrift:76 Days Lost at Sea (Steven Callahan)
Paul Theroux...and I know I'm forgetting a billion others I enjoy.
I'm a reader.
Movies: comedies, documentaries, dramas, independent films- the
whole gamut. My favorite movies are Cast Away, Waking Ned Devine,
and The Truman Show
Music: I'm not keen on Death Metal (or anything metal-related,
really) but everything else is on shuffle
Food: anything and everything. I love sushi as much as I love fried
chicken, and red meat as much as a spinach and quinoa salad;
moderation and variety are AWESOME.
The six things I could never do without
1) Belief that everything has a God-designed reason
2) my brother (and my niece and nephew, come to think of it)
3) my internal organs (well...most of them: don't celebrate too
much, appendix and tonsils, I'm talking to you)
4) frequent trips to an ocean- which is why, of course, I live 600
miles from the nearest one. Um, what?
5) genuine laughter (the whole stomach-clutching, tears rolling
down your face, "stop, stop, you're going to make me have an
6) commas, apparently
I spend a lot of time thinking about
humanity, the plight of others, and how there will never be enough
time to get to know every place in the world
On a typical Friday night I am
playing squash with the kids I coach, or traveling up to Chicago to
see my niece and nephew...sometimes just going out for a drink with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still think the sound inside a seashell is the roar of the ocean,
You should message me if
You've got a twinkle in your eye or funny feeling in your stomach
right now that might, MIGHT, be an interest in getting to know me.