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
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.
So I'm guessing it's that.
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 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.
•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.....🙄🔫
•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.