34Syracuse, United States
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My self-summary
For the past two years I taught high school English at a small district in central New York. I lost that job due to budget cuts but I'm still involved in education, formally and informally. Lately I've been retooling existing unit plans and designing new ones. Hopefully I'll be well prepared for my next position.

I'm currently teaching myself German and the harmonica. I have a pointer hound who loves hiking with me. I love to travel! I spent a few months wandering around the US a few years ago and did the same thing in Central and Western Europe this summer. Both were very formative but backpacking through Europe was like nothing I've ever done. I can't wait for an opportunity to do that again. The idea of meeting new people (especially from other cultures) and not quite knowing where I'm headed on a given day is really appealing.

I lived in Burlington a while back as I was avoiding adult life but finally got back in school. I graduated three years ago with a master's degree in education. For the past few years I've been studying and practicing photography. I've done a few weddings recently and I'm trying to start a business.

Every once in a while I get a powerful desire to travel aimlessly or be as far from a city as possible. I lived in a very secluded cabin on Lake Ontario for a few years while in grad school. It was close enough to Syracuse and Oswego where I could get out now and then but so nice to be away from everything.
What I’m doing with my life
Lately I've been brewing beer with a couple friends. We're starting to get pretty good at it. I'm also teaching myself a foreign language.

I just bought a house so a lot of my spare time is tied up with little projects.
I’m really good at
The Settlers of Catan. I recently taught it to some of the youths I work with and despite the fact I bought the German version, they really like it
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Im a big fan of postmodern American Lit. Thomas Pynchon is my favorite author. I read his book Mason & Dixon every year. I like the short stories of John Barth and Donald Barthelme. I think both are masters of metafictional narratives. Of the moderns I like Hemingway most. I absolutely love Hunter Thompson. He was a total bad-ass and an incredible writer. Don Quixote is one of the funniest books I've ever read and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is incredible. I recommend it to everyone! It can be tough to read as a teacher because I tend to read thinking about teaching the book rather than just enjoying it. I do have a bit of a dork side and love George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.

Musically, I listen to quite a bit. Recently I've been listening to a lot of old school blues. I really dig Sonny Boy Williamson, he is an amazing harmonica player. I also really like bluegrass and would certainly welcome any suggestions. I like Bob Dylan, The Talking Heads, Phish, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Old Crow Medicine Show, Fleet Foxes, Pink Floyd, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Decemberists, Neko Case etc.

My favorite movie is The Big Lebowski. Anything Monty Python (again, the dork in me). I also like old WWII movies from the 60's and 70's.
Six things I could never do without
My dog
The two of us