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My self-summary
Vice Principal and violin teacher by day, opera singer and rabble rouser by night. The teachers at school call me "The Benevolent Overlord", my musical colleagues call me "La Bestia", my friends call me "Racky".

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
The most consistent compliment I receive from strangers and new acquaintances is: "Wow! Your teeth are so white!". So I'm assuming that's the nicest, non-predatory compliment folks can give about my appearance. Thanks?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I hate these exhaustive lists, so suffice it to say:

Books: I'm a bibliophile. Truly.

TV: Not so much, though there are exceptions.

Music: I'm a classical musician by trade, training, and birth. I can talk about music all day-but I won't.

Food: Is it spicy? Can I make it spicy? How spicy can I make it? Often, 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 love documentaries cause I'm a huge nerd.
Six things I could never do without
•The People I love
•The Music I love
•Great Food and Drink
•NPR (White, well-educated social democrat over here. Big surprise!)
•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
•How I aught to think a lot less, to be honest. This is obviously a vicious and frustrating cycle...

•How to be a better musician, teacher, leader, friend, family member, and human being.

•Puns in general. I was going to try to come up with a clever one here- butt, fuck it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to forget about my week in the company of my *seriously* amazing friends and perhaps a pint of an excellent craft beer or two. Am I supposed to impress you in this section or something? Cause I'm too cool to try.
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, had it surgically reattached, and now have full function of that foot.
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 with involuntary wheezing.

•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 understand 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