I'm a "dirty hippy, without the dirt." Points if you catch the reference.
I love to play guitar, but I mostly play for myself. And sometimes for my friends, but only if they promise not to throw things at me. I rarely get to play for my friends. I also like to sing while I'm playing guitar, in part because I'm not very good at singing, so I can I just play my guitar louder to cover it up. I also bought a banjo with hopes that I would learn to play it, and I started taking lessons, but then I stopped. My friends and I are making it a point to set aside time for creative endeavors, though, and I feel that will allow me to concentrate on the banjo again.
I was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2004 - 2006 in the Republic of Kiribati (don't worry, I'd never heard of it either). My assignment was Public Health and Community Development, and I wish that I could say I taught one quarter as much as I learned. Though it had its ups and downs, I really enjoyed my time as a volunteer and would ultimately love to do something similar for a living...though preferably I would get paid to do it.
I love Minneapolis with all my heart, although I'm not sure I'm ready to make it my permanent home. But, as a friend once told me, "Not all roots hold you down."
I enjoy recognizing the beauty of a moment. As humans, we tend to vocally recognize when something is shitty, but rarely when we are feeling good do we pull a Vonnegut and "exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'"
While I'm mostly happy with my life, I enjoy pursuing things to make it better.
I used to read a lot. I still read a lot, but I used to, too (RIP, Mitch Hedberg). Recent favorites include John Irving's "Last Night in Twisted River" (a welcome return to form), and George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (at the risk of sounding like a hipster, I've been reading those books since the mid 90s). My favorite book of all time -- which is quite a statement -- is "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon.
I love Indian food, and though I haven't come close to perfecting the art I do enjoy cooking for groups of people. While I don't cook for just myself often enough, I am making it a point to do so more often.
1. Books, including comic books. Hot, I know
2. My bike
3. The world wide supherhighway of information
4. Peanut butter
5. Meaningful social interaction
6. My friends, even if it does sound super cliche and boring.
I also spend a lot of time thinking about social justice, politics, Time Lords, banjos and Batman.