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My self-summary
I am an opera singer
I stand on painted tape
It tells me where I'm going
And where to throw my cape

Vice Pricipal and violin teacher by day, opera singer and whiskey drinker by night. The teachers at school call me "The Benevolent Overlord", my musical colleagues call me "La Bestia", my friends call me Racky.

The people I love always come first in my life, and if I know anything about myself it's that I'm a damn good friend. I'm loyal like a bulldog.

I dream big, live passionately, and am chronically curious. I'm told I have a dominant presence- whatever that means. I value my capacity for empathy, my dogged persistence, and my self deprecating sense of humor above all my other traits.

I like my coffee black
My whiskey neat
My beer crafty
And my men clever
What I’m doing with my life
Well ain't that a great, depressing, existential inquiry.....
I’m really good at
Telling crazy-but-true stories. I'm a story teller at my core, and truth is stranger than fiction.

I have a knack for parallel parking in absurdly tight spots.

Out-decibeling a brass section. If you're impressed by that you may be too nerdy to date me.
The first things people usually notice about me
Strangest consistent compliment I receive from strangers and new acquaintances: "Wow! Your teeth are so white!"

So I'm guessing it's that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
God these lists....ok...

Books: Steinbeck, Huxley, Hesse, Bellow, Dante Alighieri, Shakespeare, Austen, Sedaris, Téa Obreht, Gregory David Roberts, Allende, Eugenides, Shel Silverstein, Federico García Lorca

TV: Peaky Blinders, House of Cards, Louis CK, Chewing Gum, Narcos- and more. I desperately miss Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. Love me some Anthony Bourdain.

Music: From Shostakovich, Beethoven, Bach, and Mahler, to Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Thelonious Monk, and then to The Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. I've even been known to bust a mean Amy Winehouse impression when well lubricated with my favorite whiskey. (Shhhh. Don't tell) I love the really good stuff. I'm a musician. I could talk about this all day.

Food: Is it spicy? Can I make it spicy? How spicy can I make it? Put a runny egg on just about anything and I'm a happy lady. Pork is a divine, holy beast. Usually the poorer the country, the richer the food. Think about it.

Movies: Honestly, I feel like Hollywood is just a whole lot of white people circle jerking each other. That said, I do love the classics like Casablanca and Rebel Without a Cause. I love documentaries cause I'm a huge nerd. I could make a longer list- but aren't we both exhausted by now?

Did you even read all that?! Jesus, I hope not.
Six things I could never do without
The People I love
The Music I love
Great Food and Drink
NPR- yep. As white as I wanna be.
Airplanes and current passport
My sense of humor
I think that was technically 8 things. Oh well.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
•Hipsters are what happen when you tell privileged kids they're special and can achieve anything they want.

•Things that were misnamed: hemorrhoids should be called assteroids (with two s's instead of one). Pregnant women should be called body builders. Bedrooms should be called restrooms. A group of squid should be called a squad.

•How to be a better musician, teacher, friend, family member, and human being.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to forget about my week, and/or singing. Am I supposed to out-cool you in this section or something? I don't get it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Nothing is too private with me, so I'll just give you a random anecdote: I was pittle- my- pants- petrified of E.T. until I was about 13 years old. No shame. He's still creepy as fuck, I don't care what you say.
You should message me if
•You think you can pick the one lie out of the following two truths:
1) I completely severed my foot from my body and had it surgically reattached, and now have full function of that foot. Modern medical science is a miracle, I tell ya.
2) I had the great pleasure of meeting President Obama not once-but twice.
3) I debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 16.

•You're a renaissance man. I have a weakness for those.

•You think you can make me ugly laugh-the kind where wheezing is involved.

•You're a liberal. Social Democrat of the Bernie Sanders variety strongly preferred. Libertarians need not apply. You must be a voting, conscientious, decently political liberal. Otherwise it just ain't gunna work out-trust me.

•You enjoy a day at the museum, and a night at the symphony or opera.

•You belive that dogs are superior to cats, baseball is superior to football, and Andrea Bocelli and "the phantom of the opera" have about as much to do with opera as "Christian Science" has to do with Einstein and Hawking.
The two of us