A lot of the world disturbs me so I fight to improve it, and when such passions overtake me I grab a guitar and scream into a microphone. I'm an ardent feminist, and a radical, since I'm beyond fed up with the mainstream culture that permeates most of this country. I believe the 1st Amendment to be the most important legal document that the human race has created. Political people will find me a fast friend.
Chasing after the nature of just what "truth" is has consumed me from an early age, you can thank Socrates and Fox Mulder. I like to pretend I'm an alien anthropologist from a species not unlike the Vulcans, studying the human race and marveling at it's wonders and it's iniquities. We're promising yet violent creatures, who operate off of emotion and intuition far more than we do logic and rationality.
Music has been a driving force in my life for as far back as I can remember. As a toddler I was obsessed with Nirvana, and Kurt Cobain is the reason I became a musician. I also grew up listening to a lot of Hole, Tori Amos, and X. I'll be very impressed and stoked if you're familiar with the latter two.
All of you crazy, eccentric bohemians out there, hit me up. I'd love nothing more than to create with you :)
I canvass (accost strangers in public) for various progressive causes, such as Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. I may be after your wallet or I may just need your John Hancock. You may have seen me in action, I've been on street corners and MAX lines all over this city. Portland is my Mecca. I've always wanted to live here because it's such a haven for eccentrics.
*Update: Now I knock on doors for Working America, which is an awesome organization. They're a grassroots citizen advocacy group affiliated with the AFL-CIO. All hail organized labor!
My life's pursuit is knowledge and the disbursement of it. I believe that our culture, society and species is struggling it's way out of intolerance and superstition, and I want to help illuminate. Ideally that would be through music, comedy and writing. I also dream of creating my own grassroots organization in the next few years.
"...and I wanna conquer the world, expose the corporates and feed 'em to the children, do away with air pollution and then I'll save the whales..." -Bad Religion
I decided to opt out of the badly run daycare center known as high school at the age of 15 because I had been utterly failed by the public education system. Nothing so constantly assailed my lifelong love of learning like school. Overloaded with unnecessary busywork, unbearably slow paced, and ultimately unrewarding, there was never any depth to subjects, and teachers grew frustrated with probing questions. I was a kid who kept asking "why", not to be facetious, but because I've always enjoyed tracing the origins of things. Due to divorced parents who moved around, between the ages of 5 and 15 I attended 11 schools and transferred 13 times. Always the new kid in a new area. That gave me the ability to be socially fearless. After leaving high school I attended community college on and off for years, studying whatever I was interested in. I held a variety of jobs I hated. I joined the Army once too. It was an interesting experience.
Challenging you to do the same.
My genuine nature. I have an earnest look about me and people tend to inherently trust me (very useful when you ask people to hand you their debit card for a living).
Non-Fiction: A World Lit Only By Fire, Girls To The Front, Feminism and Pop Culture, Generation Kill, Kitchen Confidential, The Chosen Rejects, God Is Not Great, The Moral Landscape, Imagine, The Big Short, Be Different, Ecclesiastes
Films: Apocalypse Now, Synedoche New York, Office Space
Shows: Star Trek, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Sherlock, Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, Game Of Thrones, Californication, Girls
Nirvana. Tori Amos. Hole. X. Bob Dylan. The Mountain Goats. Julie Ruin. The Breeders. Pixies. The Shins. Circle Jerks. Cranford Nix. Sleater-Kinney. Le Tigre. Tegan & Sara. Siouxsie & The Banshees. Andre Nickatina. Mischief Brew. Pink Floyd. Nick Drake. P!nk. The Smiths. Soho Dolls. The Wipers. Psychedelic Furs. Marcy Playground. The New Pornographers. Lana Del Ray. Hail Seizures. Dead Kennedys. Crass. Ben Folds Five. Alice In Chains.
Listing all the bands I like would be akin to listing the digits of pi. Above is a smattering of favorites to convey my musical taste.
The cuisines are listed West-East, not in order of preference.
2. A 98.6 degree body temperature
To desire the continuation of life:
1. A Need To Know (I am so grateful to have an intellect, and to be able to understand something about my existence)
2. Access to the works of philosophers, scientists, historians and musicians (The people I admire most and relate to across space and time)
3. Music (converts the manic nervous energy that shoots through my body into a sonic form)
4. Women (the crowning achievement of the universe and it's heavenliest creation)
To be specific, in a list that is far from all-encompassing:
1. The origin of the universe, and how it has developed
2. The origin of life, and how it has developed
3. The evolution of humans, and what life was like for our early hominid ancestors
4. History, encompassing the globe from the paleolithic to the 21st Century
5. Sex, and what sex was like for different cultures in different time periods
6. New music (making it and discovering new artists)
7. Religion (where the stories originate from, how it has been used for good or evil, and common themes across the ages)
Let's get high and converse with strangers, pronouncing our new union a league of enlightened young iconoclasts
Let's get all Bacchanalian on food cart fare then lose it over the Burnside bridge
Let's give money to street urchins so they can buy more heroin and dog food
Let's go for a bike ride in the rain then grab coffee as we commiserate over how fucking cold and wet we are…
Let's drink wine on the MAX while singing Devil Makes Three or The Mountain Goats and ask strangers intense personal questions
Let's jam out in front of city hall and pretend we're fighting the establishment
Let's take acid and engage Bible-thumpers in pseudo-profound conversations about mortality and the meaning of life
LET'S DO IT!!!
I love the above quote because I believe it applies to the entire human race.
Nothing about me is private. Anyone who knows me learns that very quickly.