I'm a self described Jack-of-all-Trades who lusts for knowledge and is lucky enough to be able to absorb information reliably from text and start employing it with my bare hands. I use this super power mostly to learn new skills that would be useful in a post-apocalyptic world, or to fill up valuable headspace with useless gaming knowledge.
I went to San Francisco State, and was lucky enough to successfully power my way out in exactly 4 years with a degree in History. I specialized in the late 700s to mid 1200s focusing on the Mediterranean culture exchange between the Abrahamic religions. I particularly enjoyed exploring folklore, superstitions, and fairytales for the time period.
After graduating I moved to San Jose and volunteered full time for two years with City Year, an Americorps non-profit organization that works with youth in schools. Both years I worked with middle school students in East San Jose on two brilliant teams. My first City Year was spent as a math tutor, kinetic science club leader (kites, mousetrap cars, hot air balloons, etc.), and lead program developer for a group of 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students for Spring Camps. My second year I was fortunate enough to be the team leader at the school I served my first year in, helping new corps members run tutoring sessions, their own clubs. As a team leader I tried my best to be the grease that kept the gears turning smoothly during the daily afterschool program (a tall order with 150 hormonal middle schoolers!). City Year was a fantastic part of my life, but when my two years with Americorps ran out, I decided to go it my own for a little while.
Now I'm in an instructor in for another non-profit organization called The Crucible in Oakland. We try to make the fine and industrial arts accessible to people living in urban West Oakland, giving youth and adults a place to learn welding, woodworking, forging, and a few dozen other industrial disciplines. I am the leatherworking department head and teach all of the adult leatherworking classes at the CRU. I also have a studio space where I try to create interesting art pieces from leather and end up just making bags and wallets to sell at craft fairs.
I am also a board game designer and publisher with SlugFest Games. We make quick to learn, fast to play beer and pretzel board and card games and are slowly turning into an actual somebody in the hobby gaming market. If you like table top gaming, you might have heard of us and our best selling game The Red Dragon Inn. If you haven't heard of us, well... now you have!
If you are interested, you can check out the leather work I do here:
I also have a knack for hand crafting gifts for people I like. I suppose it comes with the territory of working with leather for a living.
Often people will hear me first. I have what I like to refer to as a "genuine" laugh. Very full, booming even, and just a touch maniacal. It comes with a great smile too.
Miguel de Cervantes
They Might Be Giants
The Average White Band
Noah and the Whale
Grass Fed Meat
Spicy Food (Green Curry and Vindaloo a plus!)
I also have a horrid track record with cameras and photos. I have a great smile, and solid presence, but always look like a doofus in the lens.
If you're willing to throw down in a game. Scrabble will do nicely, though I am vicious at it. However, if you're a eurogamer all the better. I don't often agree with Plato, but I do live by one of his opinions:
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
Or if you are a great communicator and want to fall madly in love, even if for a short while. I love communicators.