41Modesto, United States
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My self-summary
I was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Been living and working in the Bay Area for more than fifteen years now, but stuck in the Central Valley at the moment. (Get to start a new commute btwn SF and Modesto come Jan.! Yippee!) I think I'm a pretty well-balanced, grounded, unique human being. I'm an educator and passionate about social justice, but try not to let work and the state of the world overwhelm me. For that, I try to incorporate a healthy dose of exercise, Aikido and meditation. Whiskey works pretty well too! :)
What I’m doing with my life
Returning to teaching after two years off. It will be part-time. The rest of the time, I'm caretaking and advocating for an elderly family member. It's a drag on a personal level, but it's good practice for some Eastern/Aikido philosophy I try to adhere to; Live in the moment, no attachments, remember to breath, so on and so forth.
I’m really good at
Athletics, empathizing and listening to people, reading people socially, organizing people politically, teaching, analyzing and discussing politics. I teach Political Science, so should hope so! Though, I am aware of my shortcomings as a teacher and my days are filled with plenty of "Ideally, I'd do the following if I could with my students." moments. :)
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes or dimples or broad shoulders, I guess.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Open Veins of Latin America, Reform or Revolution, What's the Matter with Kansas, The New Jim Crow, Youth, Identity and Chicano Power, Occupied America, The People's History of the U.S., The Global Class War, The Art of Peace, anything on our shitty mental healthcare system.

Movies: X-men 1 and 2, The Bourne Identity Series, Captain America 2, The Edge of Tomorrow, The Missing, Good Will Hunting and documentaries too of course. Movies tend to be pretty crappy lately.

TV Shows: I don't watch much TV, but I am a Walking Dead fan, Games of Thrones is pretty good, X-Files. Daredevil on Netflix is pretty freaking good.

Food: Mexican, Italian and Indian
Six things I could never do without
Family, activist friends, baseball, Aikido, whiskey, sunshine.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to improve my teaching, how to defend my job, workplace and students, how much a Republican Obama is (Yup, I said it. Watch "Dirty Wars":, how to improve my relationship with my family and the state of the world in general. And to be perfectly honest, I am thinking more and more these days about finding a new job/career. I think I'd enjoy freelance journalism the most, but don't want the stress that goes along with insufficient pay.
On a typical Friday night I am
reading or practicing Aikido more than likely. I'm normally too tired to go out on a Friday.
You should message me if
you are smart, sweet, physically active, can take some serious conversation about the state of the world. If you think of politics in binary terms, then we probably won't be a good fit. I.e., if you can't see how criticizing Democrats doesn't necessarily equate to a pro-Republican view, we probably won't be able to stand each other for very long. ;)
The two of us