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My self-summary
After a day of genealogical research, I learned that my great great great great grandfather was a general in the Napoleonic Wars. He moved back to Paris after the wars with his son, and told his son which woman his son was going to marry. His son took exception to this, renounced his father's name, took his mother's, and left Paris for San Domingo to live with his maternal uncle. He was shipwrecked off the coast of an uninhabited part of Brazil, was washed ashore, and "after much hardship" made his way to Cuba. There he found out his uncle was dead, married a woman, had a kid, and headed back to Paris at his father's request to reconcile their relationship. Instead of reconciling, he was disinherited, and moved with his family to Green Bay, a thriving French colony at the time. The general died a short time later, and the family fortune and estates in France were divided between other family members, his son getting nothing. They had seven children, and in 1871 his widowed bride was living with her youngest daughter and her family in Peshtigo, which was not a great place to be in 1871.

In short, I am the product of a trashy romance novel.

The name of my great great great grandfather, the son in the story, was Pierre. I could totally be Pierre. I definitely inherited his "willing to stand up for what I believe in no matter what you throw at me" attitude.
What I’m doing with my life
Working a job I like with coworkers that are as good as family. Doing some writing when the mood strikes me, a musical and a couple of children's books are on the docket. Cooking up some good food, updating my cooking blog not nearly enough. I bought a kayak this summer, so I've paddled that a bit, the highlight being a 14.1 mile paddle to Lake Kegonsa with friends, camping overnight, and a 14.1 mile paddle home. Also, doing a bit of geocaching here and there, I actually haven't done that many here in Madison, but it is a good way to find neat places when out and about.
I’m really good at
Playing the spoons.

That's a lie.

I have no idea how to play the spoons.
The first things people usually notice about me
Apparently I have a very casual gait.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books) Neal Stephenon, Neil Gaimon, Phillip Pullman, William Gibson, Terry Prachett, Frank Miller, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowlings, and travel adventure non-fiction.

Movies) The Princess Bride, The Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fight Club, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Office Space, El Mariachi, Desperado, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Adventures of Priscella: Queen of the Desert, The Big Lebowski, Snatch.

Music) Ani Difranco, Arlo Guthrie, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Lee, Cat Power, Cure, Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Noise Addict, School House Rock: Rocks, They Might Be Giants, Scissor Sisters, Andrew Bird, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Food) I enjoy cooking a great deal, just not for myself. Some of my favorites to cook are ribs on the grill, [insert meat] pot pie (topped with homemade buttermilk biscuits), and squash curry soup with homemade morning after wheat bread (the liquid is a cup of beer and a cup of coffee).

Television) Pretty much down to Parks and Rec at this point, though Instant Queue gets a solid workout in the tv department.
Six things I could never do without
Well, since my comfort book is My Side of the Mountain, I guess I could do without everything but a tree, a falcon, blueberry jam, a fireplace, flint and steel, and an axe.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why in the world did I decide to write a musical when I can neither sing nor play a musical instrument?
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm either in or I'm out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I had this story about how I'd been meaning to learn to knit for years, but was afraid to go to the knitting store. Well, a while ago I took the plunge and bought knitting needles and yarn, and with the aid of the youtubes, learned to knit. The beginning of my scarf was described as "special," but it all came to a grinding halt when *one* of my knitting needles disappeared. For the longest time I held the Amish man who installed my new windows responsible, either due to misuse or outright theft. Then, not long ago, when moving a couch cushion *very far away* from the knitting needle's last known location, in an area which had undergone several thorough searches in the ensuing time, I saw the knitting needle poking straight up, waiting to be recovered.

Apparently, the Lady of the Lake also lives in my couch, and has a thing not only for swords but knitting needles as well.


Before taking the Mythological Profile Test (and not knowing what the different results could be) I told myself, "Oh man, you're gonna be a unicorn." Turns out, I'm a unicorn.


What follows is an accurate transcript of a text message conversation I had:

Me: I just paused an episode of Gilmore Girls, stood up and walked away saying, "Why would...goddamnit Rory, what are you doing?!?!"

(Frustrated, I go to the grocery store, leaving the episode paused)

Eric: You're too involved

(I return and finish the episode)

Me: Thankfully, things did not take the dire turn I expected.

Eric: Thank god
You should message me if
You want to hang out with George Wendt. People keep asking me if I'm related to him.

I'm not.
The two of us