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My self-summary
Myers-Briggs type: TMNT

Even though I've been here four years and just bought a house in Beacon Hill, in some ways I still feel like a newcomer to Seattle. This city's taken a while to reveal itself, and I'm just now starting to appreciate what it has to offer. I've had my share of magical run-ins with views and bars and people, and restaurants that have charmed me, but anyone who can show me more reasons to fall in love with Seattle gets bonus points.

I am a late-blooming runner, an enthusiastic if untalented ping pong devotee, and I bowl with an intensity that might surprise you.

I like good food and good booze and long drawn out dinners with friends and family where everybody is always laughing, but nobody remembers exactly what got them started.

I am an adventurer, though sometimes I need a little nudge to get me out of the house.
What I’m doing with my life
I've worked lots of jobs that I haven't loved (teenage punk-rock reptile wrangler, minor player in the machinery that brought about the destruction of the U.S. financial system, tennis court manager, teapot salesman), and I've discovered that living without passion in my work is no longer an option for me.

I'm in my eighth year as a teacher and I am in my fourth year working at a Seattle public high school. I've worked with struggling readers and also with advanced students, and I get to spend my days trying to convince some very jaded teenagers that the world is a fascinating and magical place. That is when I'm not trying to convince them to stop punching each other in the balls.

I also get to think and talk about equity, race, and poverty in Seattle education in a way that's both inspiring and infuriating. I am surrounded by a lot of strong community activists and powerful advocates for young people, and I'm very lucky to have them as role models.

In the little free time I have, I'm basically a Portlandia punchline waiting to happen: I make candles and terrariums, read, ride bikes, take things apart and put them back together again, fall in love with hideous things I shouldn't own at the Dearborn Goodwill, wonder about how easy it is to become a walking stereotype in the Pacific Northwest while listening to NPR and grooming my beard.
The first things people usually notice about me
If I've done a good job with the camouflage, people don't notice anything about me at all.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Recently, 1Q84, The Tiger's Wife, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In grad school I finally gave myself permission to get into young adult fiction, and happily plowed through the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games books, and the His Dark Materials trilogy. In the more conventionally "adult" category: anything by Murakami, Bolano's 2666, the short fiction of Alice Munro, Kevin Brockmeyer, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, Dennis Johnson. The literature teacher side of me is into Joyce (particularly Dubliners (particularly "Araby")), Thomas Mann (I've read The Magic Mountain more times than I can count), Kafka, Melville, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, George Elliot. I love non-fiction of all kinds, but my favorite collection of essays would have to be Joan Didion's The White Album. Poetry: I've been reading and enjoying Roberto Bolano's poems recently, but the poet I keep returning to is Rilke, particularly the Robert Bly translated collection, and I really admire Billy Collins both as a poet and an advocate for the genre. I am fascinated by science writing too andI love dorky academic reading in anthropology and critical theory...

Movies: Anything by Michele Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Wes Anderson, Terrence Malik, the Cohen brothers. The Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings, movies set in space that involve long silences, "ping"s and confronting humanity's tragically outsized ambitions (I've got a soft spot for dorky sci-fi), Reconstruction, Spirited Away, lots and lots more...

Shows: Ugh, I blew through four seasons of GOT in 2 weeks, and now I have to wait all the way til april for more? I try to watch Twin Peaks at least once a year, Mad Men, Lost, Six Feet Under, 30 Rock, Community, Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks...

Music: Too much to list. Lately I can't seem to stop listening to lots and lots of Dub (the Upsetters, Gregory Isaacs, Joe Gibbs) and 90s hip hop (Scarface, Geto Boys, 2pac, Nice & Smooth, Black Sheep...). I've also been listening to James Blake, How to Dress Well, Phosphorescent, Brian Eno, Yo La Tengo, '60s Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Tim Hecker, Fuck Buttons, Crystal Castles, Baroness, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, lots of '60s and '70s soul, and whatever comes up on shuffle.

Food: I continue to be pleasantly surprised in my ongoing search for the best banh mi in Seattle. No clear winners yet, but there are a lot of strong contenders.
The six things I could never do without
I've started to imagine that this prompt is some kind of perverse Twilight Zone style be-careful-what-you-(don't)-wish-for scenario. All those folks who forgot to wish for air, food, water, and shelter are going to get treated real ironical-like once Rod Serling's voice pipes in...

So mine:
world peace
the ability to turn everything I touch into gold
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Topography and the crazy earth-moving, hill-destroying, geo-engineering in Seattle in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Not mine, but fascinating:
On a typical Friday night I am
Weighing my insatiable need to blow minds on the dance floor and at karaoke bars against the inevitable exhaustion accumulated from the week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once turned down the chance to meet Nelson Mandela so I could go pick out a puppy at the SPCA. I was 9.