I love exploring and discovering, which for many years led me to travel around the world and now has landed me in NYC, where I can explore and discover every day without the airport security. Not that I've given up on travel... :)
In addition to 'rugged', I find compliment in these words: (Not to boast that I necessarily am these things, or that I will not get along with you if you aren't either, but they begin to describe the group I would call 'good people', and if my 'good people' are similar to yours then we already have a lot in common.) Passionate, intelligent, spontaneous, reliable, engaging, bizarre, confident, easy-going, independent, earnest, loving, loquacious, curious...
No longer in the classroom, I still consider myself a teacher, but in a broader sense of the word.
Beyond the physical, likely my earnestness (which I think initially manifests itself as a flaw, but in the long-run becomes a positive trait).
I am generally rather reserved, not quite myself until I have felt out the situation (could take seconds or weeks) so the first thing you notice about me is probably me noticing you, once we're done noticing, we can meet each other.
To Read: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. I think everyone should read this book. Elegantly written and somehow void of bias, it takes a really meaningful look at the relationship between humans and our earth. Check it out:) Some go-to authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Paulo Coelho, Orhan Pamuk, Jon Krakauer
To watch: I don't have much of a memory for movies, my classic favorites include Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Evita, The Labyrinth. I don't have a TV, but am into a few shows like Mad Men, Modern Family... recently I've been trying to get my hands on the old show The Wonder Years. Plus, there are so many awesome documentaries out there- I could park it in front of Planet Earth for days:)
To Listen To: I love Pandora radio stations and I'm into a lot of different music. LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Ratatat, Lady Gaga, White Stripes, D'Angelo and so much more...
To Eat: I love good food, and recently have been eating mostly vegetarian in an effort to reduce my impact on my planet and be more conscientious about where my food is coming from. I'm also trying to avoid processed and artificial foods, especially corn syrup. Apart from those self-imposed restrictions, I love pretty much all good food and have a blast cooking or eating out. In the summers I try to grow my own produce, which is possible even in NYC.
I've been thinking a lot about the planet, how I can live and have a positive impact on my earth.
I've been thinking about humility too, because I've been reading this book a Hare Krsna gave me on the train. And what it means to be at peace, and to be born and to die.
Since I've been teaching, I've been thinking a lot about history, and what it is like to be young, and what it means to grow up.