I've lived in Canada, in Toronto (a city across the lake from upstate New York and Pennsylvania (Buffalo, Erie PA, etc.) since 2006 and have dual citizenship. I enjoy it here but the US is really home to me.
I'm a Southern California desert native. My screenname is sort of a throwback to where I was raised, was the only variant spelling of it available on AOL in 1995, and I've kept it all of these years. It was all about independence/love of travel, living in new place in my 30s, and such. Now that I'm nearing 50, not as much so, though I still think that the journey is usually better than the arrival.
My father was a native of Kentucky, where cousins still live, and our paternal family lines go back to Colonial Virginia. I love and work in genealogy and history and have a particular love of the South. I'm about 8 hours from our home turf in South Central Kentucky, and that feels truly like one of 3 "homes" to me.
My paternal grandmother's family were cousins to the one of the founding families of Seattle. That was my home for 8 years, and I still have a soft spot for the Pacific Northwest, where my sisters and nieces are.
My Mom and brothers, and nephews all live grew up in the first place that I call my native home (the desert of Southern California). My mother is Mexican, and her parents were natives of areas near Puerto Vallarta (I grew up speaking Spanish and English, living next door to my grandparents).
I spent the better part of my late 20s and 30s living through the AIDS epidemic, but learning a lot about myself and about how important community is during my years in that period living in Los Angeles and especially my 7 years spent in San Francisco. That was a period that shaped me in profound ways.
All told (and I wear this all as a badge of honor) - I'm SERIOUSLY a geographical mutt. But a good one (they say). I have some form of attachment, for different reasons, to the places where I spent so many of my years. I love them equally, and I consider myself to have been exposed (culturally) to a lot of diversity in life. I'm blessed in that regard.
Um, I'm an INFJ (Myers Briggs type) if you REALLY want to know my personality. So what else is there to know? (Google that if need be).
There's more below, in my profile. I think that I'm smart, neurotic, bookish, spiritual, one-guy kind'a guy. I think that puppies (the real kind) are swell. Kids think that I'm one of them (and I intend to keep it that way). Family means the world to me, followed by truly close friends. I tend to be shy at first but am chatty and (they say) pretty funny when I know someone. I love a small group of people who I know well over a ton of casual acquaintances.
This quote kind of sums up where I am, and what keeps me going, in life:
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." (Albert Camus)