For sure I was that kid who was stoked for the first day of school every year. Ultimately, this explains a lot. I was raised by a single dad (a K-12 teacher) who instilled in me a profound respect for education/educators and shaped my view of who the "good guys" are.
Predictably, I have a huge soft spot for bleeding hearts. I'm a proud champion of public schools and a quintessential Midwesterner (except for my penchant for caffeinated everything and fast walking).
My postgrad employment has run the gamut of super-liberal jobs, including legal assistant to a police misconduct lawyer; third grade teacher in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; and jack-of-all-trades at an education nonprofit. (I cast off lucrative professions a long time ago...)
-murmuring witty one-liners to my coworkers during inappropriately long staff meetings
-making grilled cheese (I don't usually eat them, but I used to be a director of a homeless shelter, and we literally made hundreds a night)
BOOKS/AUTHORS: Gilead (Marilynne Robinson), In Spite of Everything (Susan Gregory Thomas), The Road to Wigan Pier (George Orwell), The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
MOVIES: Good Will Hunting, documentaries (basically all of them; it's frighteningly out of hand)
POLITICIANS: Paul Wellstone (D-MN), Jim Abourezk (D-SD), George McGovern (D-SD)
2) The library
3) Public broadcasting
4) A job fighting the man (in a polite midwestern way)
5) Long bar conversations
Drifting to the super low-key bars in my neighborhood.
Watching a documentary about labor, education, activism, etc. and plotting how best to fix EVERYTHING (ugh, America, we can do so much better)
I also throw a pretty great holiday party (just saying)
I've discovered that a standard-size Klean Kanteen perfectly holds the contents of a standard-size bottle of wine. It's like they were made for each other. (You're welcome.)
I probably listen to more folk music than your mom.