bob_arctor
46 Alcoa, United States
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My self-summary
From the username, you can doubtless tell I'm a geek. If you can't tell I'm a geek from the username, you're probably not a geek yourself, or at least not the kind of geek who's read Philip K. Dick, which is the kind of geek I am. I cut my teeth on LOTR in 6th grade and never looked back.

I spend what spare time I have keeping up with friends on Facebook. I exist at the intersection of some very disparate groups of people--don't we all, though?--and that's a source of constant coolness and occasional flame wars. But I think it's so important to stay connected in this age of information bubbles.

I've always been a foodie, to some degree, but I've been thinking a lot lately about where it comes from and how to eat more locally. Would love to be a vegetarian locavore in theory, but I've got a bit too much of the Anthony Bourdain in me to really pull that off.

I like live music, though I hardly ever get out to shows these days. I suck as a companion at such events, though, as I'm there to see the band, with only occasional witty banter.

I teach literature for a living and read it for a hobby. Did I mention I was a geek?

From the old "three adjective" intro on OKC: I am wry, geeky, and frequently obscene
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching college and trying to raise reasonably un-neurotic children. Oh, and trying to figure out how to save America.
I’m really good at
Words. Real good at words. Makin' em say things. And whut all.
The first things people usually notice about me
My third eye, bitches!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books (authors, really): Philip K. Dick (obviously), N.K. Jemisin, China Mieville, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Jack Gilbert.

Very intrigued by Sinclair Lewis's _It Can't Happen Here_, an alternate history about the coming of fascism to America. It's eerily applicable to certain current events. Reading N.K. Jemisin lately--she's a great breath of fresh air in fantasy.

Movies: Old faves: LOTR! Old Star Wars. Anything Baz Luhrman. V for Vendetta! Good Night, and Good Luck. The Big Lebowski. The Big Lebowski. ("You said 'Big Lebowski' twice." "I like the Big Leboswki." So, I guess that means I should put Blazing Saddles here, too.) Love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, esp. Captain America: Winter Soldier. Proof that mainstream action movies don't have to be stupid.

Looking forward to: The Firefly reunion show/movie. ("It's totally going to happen" he mutters to himself. "Cosmic justice demands it...") Also Rogue One.

TV: Not watching a lot, these days.

Music: Americana, esp. Son Volt, Jayhawks, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Shakira (okay, she's South Americana...). Also, Bruce Springsteen. Enjoying the recent round of re-releases and bonus material. But I also own a limited smattering of bluegrass, jazz, swing, funk, and country--so I suppose I'm pretty eclectic.

Foods: Heh. Yeah. Foods. Love em. Love to cook and love to eat. And just about any ethnicity; Italian, Ethiopian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Indian.
The six things I could never do without
1) Internet connection (and, of course, a computer) 2) my family 3) BOOKS 4) Gin 5) Tonic 6) Lime
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to save America, or at least small pieces of it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching Doctor Who with my daughter, and then drinking gin and tonics trying to catch up on emails and blogs. When my wife's work schedule changes again, I'll take once again to drinking gin and tonics in bars.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Is that I'm still ambivalent about mentioning genuinely private things in a public forum, even with a pseudonym. Anything I say wouldn't be a genuinely private sharing, which I'd reserve for someone I'd talked to for at least an evening--at which point I'm often willing to spill some quite private things.
You should message me if
You want to talk to someone who's in the middle of the road of his life, in a dark wood, doing the best he can to shine a little light around.
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