39Modesto, 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. (I commute a couple of days a week btwn SF and Modesto. 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 have stories about how inadequate the mental health system is and neglectful/abusive hospitals can be, btw, if you're interested.
I’m really good at
Athletics, empathizing and listening to people, reading people socially, organizing people politically, pushing back against govt. bureaucratic and health care nonsense. I teach Political Science too and think I do it fairly well. 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, The People's History of the U.S., The Global Class War, The Art of Peace, anything on our crappy mental healthcare system. Pete Earley's book "Crazy" is an amazing description and resource on the depth of the problem.

Movies: X-men 1 and 2, Logan, The Bourne Identity Series, Captain America 2, Good Will Hunting and documentaries too of course.

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

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. It's cool that more of you are more political now with the aspiring despot in power, but shit was plenty bad before. It's ideal that you noticed.
The two of us