I'm just another creature of habit. I've also noticed that being an extrovert can get me into trouble sometimes - see "put foot in mouth'. For what it's worth, I'm perfectly happy with life as it stands, but have no issue with life taking me where the wind blows me, which is why I find myself here in Washington. I've always lived in major cities (Houston, Dallas, Oakland), so this 'out in the sticks' is going to be interesting... On the plus side, houses are cheap compared to the rent in downtown Oakland, so once I've settled it, I plan on gettin me an old man dog that wants to sit on my couch while I'm teaching. On the double plus side, I can see the Milky Way from my backyard!
During the summer, I've got a sweet gig on the Big Island with a science camp. We take students from all over the US (and territories!) and show them the coolest science spots around. Observatories on Mauna Kea, NOAA climate observatories on Mauna Loa, the black sand beaches of Punalu'u, the lava lake at Haleakala and much, much more. It's exhausting but amazing, year after year...
A few years back I picked up a janky, busted old ass toy accordion in my buddies music classroom and was hooked in 42 seconds... I tore up two new ones when I finally met an accordion player who said I had potential but if I didn't get a real instrument, I wouldn't have anywhere to go... So I go a D/G Weltmeister and that's all she wrote... I'm in love, I know, it sounds crazy, but I found a voice within the box that needs to sing... before you groan, it's not a typical piano accordion with the huge bellows. The Irish developed a button box which is much smaller and frankly, it's beautiful. I'm working through pirate shanties, jigs and reels and lots of folky Americana, but one day, I'd LOVE to play some burlesque..
Playing pool and shooting darts, quoting Star Trek, playing RPGs, rolling left handed cigarettes, juggling, avoiding Starbucks, disc golf, making friends, speaking German, traveling and trying new things
Out and about - Funny science t-shirts... I've got a sweet collection. Of my tattoo of Orion, straight off a star chart with Bayer designations. (HUGE points if you know what a Bayer designation is!!!)
Stardust, GATTACA, Grandma's Boy, Half Baked, Idiocracy, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, American History X, American Beauty, K-PAX, any kung-fu movie...
Eureka, Weeds, Warehouse 13, Star Trek (any), Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Ugly Americans, Merlin, Robin Hood, Mythbusters, the Science Channel, From Earth to the Moon, Game of Thrones, South Park (I've seen every episode at least three times)
The High Kinds, The Young Dubliners, Bad Religion, Sublime, Flogging Molly, Johnny Cash, They Might Be Giants, Substandard, 30 Foot Fall, , Ska/punk/jazz/funk round out the mix
Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern and pretty much anything that doesn't have curry in it...
- Science Fiction
- Frisbee Golf
- My friend Mary J
- My Weltmeister D/G melodeon
Also, how sad (and delightfully special) it is that natural redheads only account for maybe 3% of the world's population...
Which is better, Blue Dream or Jack Here, the debate continues... BD leads 3-1 as of 9/5
I have an Enya station on my Pandora... what, it's great 'study time' music in class... a little LOTR soundtrack, some soothing new-agey shit... it's fun, but shhhh!
You have no issues with cigarette smoke. You can be a non-smoker, but I still like it, so if you can't take the heat, well, you know...