Rackages
29 Oakland, United States
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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. That probably about sums me up.

Yes that's right. Vice principaling, violin teaching, opera singing OK Cupid user. God save the children.

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, and my ability to laugh heartily at myself 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
I hate these long lists and the people who list them...

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; I desperately miss Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. Love me some Anthony Bourdain.

Music: Shostakovich, Beethoven, Mahler, Verdi, Puccini, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Ives, Brahms, Satie, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wagner; Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Cloney, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver; Amália Rodrigues; Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, so so so much more....my go-to Spotify and Pandora stations are "The 60's", "Jimi Hendrix", and "Amy Winehouse" (which I've trained well). Whew- it was hard to pare down that list!

Food: Is it spicy? Can I make it spicy? How spicy can I make it? Yes, obviously I love food, and I mean it. Can't live without great authentic Japanese, Korean, and Indian food. The kind of restaurants that when I walk in everyone looks at me and thinks "Shit! Who told the white girl?! Please, white girl, don't ruin this place for us- don't bring the hipsters here!" Put a runny egg on just about anything and I'm a happy lady. I worked in the alcohol industry briefly, and am a bit of a wine and beer geek. Not a snob- just a geek.

Movies: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, La Dolce Vita, Casablanca, Rebel Without a Cause, Broken Embraces, Reds, Doubt, Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Fight Club, Blow, Mel Brooks: specifically Blazing Saddles, and History of the World Part I; "No", ZeroDarkThirty, Interstellar, and The Big Short pop into my head.

Did you even read all that?! Jesus, I hope not.
The 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.
•The awfulness and greatness of humanity and the futility of life. Why not? ;)
•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, human being.
•Why I'm still online dating, and why men think that leading with sexual harassment will get them anywhere.....🙄🔫
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably having more fun than you. Forgetting about my week. Singing. At least one or all of these. Aren't 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
•Your profile does NOT include a selfie in the mirror. If you've avoided this sad display, you're already winning. 👏

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

•You can make me laugh

•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 take your coffee black, your whiskey neat, and your beer crafty.

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

•You know that dogs trump cats, baseball trumps 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.
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