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My self-summary
So I'm teaching a lesson about Mesopotamia, right? And I'm listing the things offered to the god Abu as part of his daily meal. I list a bullock and a student asks what that is. I honestly didn't know, so I said "Amanda, why don't you look that up?"

Five minutes later she raises her hand and says "Mr. J, I found it. It says it's a castrated bull. But I don't know what castrated means."

"Thanks, Amanda," I say. "So a bullock is a type of bul-"

"Wait, Mr. J! I can look up castrated!"

"No Amanda, that's really alright."

"But Mr. J! You say we're always supposed to look it up!"
What I’m doing with my life
In the past four years I've taught six subjects, coached two forensics(competitive speech and debate) teams, and directed three musicals.

I've been working on a YouTube channel where I present videos about teaching as well as brain based psychology (eg. why commercials work even when they make no sense).

Work has made me busy so I don't meet up with my friends as often as I'd like, but I treasure that time greatly.
I’m really good at
Public speaking, acting, drawing. I guess I'm "multitalented" as corny or ostentatious that word may be. I can sing (Tenor 2, though I grew up thinking I was a baritone) but I can't read notes or play an instrument.

I also have world champion level hugging skills.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hopefully that I look them in the eye, show that I'm excited to meet them, and learn their name right away.

That enthusiasm prompts people to think I'm gay. I don't know what that's about...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Of Mice and Men, Ender's Game, Wicked

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Matrix

Music: Folk, Jazz, 80's

Food: Mexican, Italian, greasy bar food
The six things I could never do without
1. My computer (sad but true)

2. My sketch pad

3. My iPod (I do a lot of travel and nothing beats hours of free podcasts)

4. A job I love.

5. Debate. I love good conversation.

6. My pancreas.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How I shouldn't think so much.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying not to feel like a loser for being at home reading, even though that's exactly what I want to be doing.
You should message me if
I am strictly interested in an online romance. The kind where you're excited to check your email when you get home after work because a paragraph or two will brighten your day and an IM conversation can last through the night.

I am mostly who I say I am with details changed only for anonymity. But we will never meet.