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My self-summary
Well, I do dislike talking about myself, but...
I am a Bear.
Long ago [in high school], I accompanied a friend to a ceremony to help him find his totem and, in doing so, was told my totem was a Bear [even though I was and still am uncertain if I believe any of this]. Now that I have been a teacher for a few years, I guess it was accurate as many of the qualities ascribed to the bear do suit me [patient and slow to anger, a teacher or healer, dreamer]. I could on [I do enjoy telling stories and have even been lucky enough to have a couple published], but I am more interested in hearing what you are reading right now? what your first thought was when I introduced myself as a bear? in whether you believe the stars are huge balls of plasma or just pin holes in the curtain of the night [and yes, you get bonus points if you can identify the movie the last part of this question is from]?
What I’m doing with my life
Battling banality and striving to maintain Einstein's view of the world (to live as if everything is a miracle).
Currently teaching and slowly paying off the bank for the privilege of letting me buy a house with their money.
Still traveling, becoming a regular fixture at the gym and writing in hopes of one day being an author and working as my own boss.
I’m really good at
looking out for people I care about and taking the time to focus on the small things especially when someone is having a bad day. Making people laugh, I have a somewhat dry sense of humour, which once you get to know me you can truly appreciate. (please note this section was actually written by my 'work wife' aka partner teacher)
The first things people usually notice about me
are that my movements are very ninja-like for a big guy and, at least if you are a student, that I am always frowning and smiling at the same time [or so they tell me]. I could tell you more, but it is really something that has to be seen to be believed.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books- The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Ishmael, Red Branch, The Lions of Al-Rassan, Tao Te Ching [I remember not really understanding it, that means it has to be good no?]
Movies- Braveheart, The Usual Suspects. I also have a typical soft spot for cheesy action movies, and watch supernatural horror movies, but usually regret it when trying to sleep for the next couple of weeks.
Music- celtic [Hair of the Dog, The Chieftains, etc.] though I will listen to almost any type of music other than really heavy metal or traditional [ie. whiny] country
Food- take a look at the picture, does it look like I really discriminate when it comes to food :).
Six things I could never do without
"I cannot live without books." I will second Thomas Jefferson on this, and to it add
the wilderness
the wedge and the incline plane
friends and family (mostly these aren't things- can't speak for certain family members though :)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the eventual heat death of the universe and the meaning of all things when nothing has a meaning any longer - therefore the importance of the present moment.
On a typical Friday night I am
typical is such a distasteful word but most Fridays begin with an obstacle course conditioning session which energizes me for the rest of the night. I also enjoy cooking for and entertaining small groups at my humble abode.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
obviously can't be placed here, as it would no longer be private. However, I will publicly admit a weakness for some romantic comedies - like The American President.
The two of us