I'm a schoolteacher by day, and by night I'm still a schoolteacher, but I'm tackling other challenges. I'm really excited to teach, something I actively worked toward for nearly ten years before finally making it. Achievement Unlocked! Before quitting private industry to pursue my passion, I worked in the hotel business, taking care of travelers lost and found. I really enjoyed making guests happy. Now, I am doing my best to make it as an educator. It's no picnic, but I haven't looked back.
I've been in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years, though I still feel somehow connected to my small-town, lost coast, Redwood Curtain roots. I came to the Big City for fun, adventure, and well, employment. While I can have fun doing most anything, I am fond of board games, rpgs (or adventure games), walking, cycling, movies, theater, and photography. I am particularly fond of crossing books off a very long (and alas, ever growing) virtual "I need to read that" list. I have a significant weakness for puns (it's a character flaw). I freely admit my geekness. To paraphrase John Green, being a nerd is allowing yourself to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. While I'm not a Real Genius, I do my best at least to keep up. I am not your everyday bow-tied Lothario, if only because these days I only wear the bow ties on Fridays and special occasions.
I'm polyamorous. This means I believe that it is possible to be involved in more than one honest, loving relationship at a time. The more you love the more you can love. It also means that I value communication, I try to act with integrity, and I recognize that my friends and sweeties will do likewise. Perhaps this is less a lifestyle than an orientation. I am in a long-term primary relationship with a fantastic and wonderful partner. Though we may date others from time to time, ca_snowflake is the person I am always pleased to come home to in the end.
These days I'm looking to make friends with smart, funny, and open-minded people who find as I do that this crazy mixed-up world is fascinating, and full of power, wonder, love, beauty, and truth. I love to flirt. I very much love to flirt. As far as anything else goes, I have no idea what to add, so I'll leave it to you to inquire, if you please. Be well. Follow your muse. Don't forget to be awesome.
Just like I did at the time, many of my students just don't see the point of this widget they're building called an education. Teaching them about that value is just as important as teaching them how to connect history with their own lives. The idea of making connections between disparate elements (in history, sociology, or whatever), of gaining greater understanding of how we are what we are, it's wonderful. What's even more wonderful is that I now get to help other people make those connections, too!
I try to be kind and helpful. I am unscented.
BOOKS: I've loved McTeague by Frank Norris, Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane, The Quiet Pools by Michael P Kube-McDowell, The Postman by David Brin, um... all the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber (guilty pleasure), all the books by Terry Pratchett (even Strata), Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. ...and much more.
MOVIES: Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Punch-Drunk Love, Gattaca, Kinsey, The Usual Suspects, The Princess Bride, "Brother, Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin", Grosse Point Blank, Master & Commander, Gods and Monsters, The Seven Samurai, Some Like It Hot.
SHOWS: Are we talking about shows like Glee or shows like Avenue Q and Les Miserables, because I like 'em both.
MUSIC: Girlyman, Erin McKeown, Tom Waits, They Might Be Giants, Too Much Joy, Big Star, The Decemberists, the Velvet Underground, the Replacements, and the duo Garfunkel and Oates.
...and FOOD: This is not an inclusive list. Coach sushi, borani kadu, saag paneer, orange beef from Le Cheval in Oakland, pez espada con tacu-tacu (a Peruvian dish from Fresca in San Francisco... a dozen years, and I'm still talking about it), red bean buns, ceviche, ice cream, high tea, Zachary's deep dish pizza, homemade tortillas, Shan Dong chicken dumplings, Onendaga salt potatos, enjira, and cornbread. Of late, I've pretty much eliminated wheats and other grains from my diet, to some positive effect.
I like to think I've got most of my bases covered, but there's always room for improvement.
For a while, I was also thinking about cadastral surveys--those surveys which produce plans and maps denoting property boundaries--and how they have affected modern society. What is the meaning of 'real personal property' and how does the imposition of such affect communities? These surveys were seen as necessary to modern societies based on concepts of personal responsibility, but they've had the effect in many places (Mexico, Turkey, elsewhere) of undermining community ownership of land and effectively destroying the villages they sought to protect. It's fascinating. ...to me anyway. Um, your mileage may vary. Don't worry, it's not all that likely to come up in casual conversation.
Also historiography. What makes an event historical? How can we understand history to work in the greater scheme of things? As history is constructed, it falls within the agency of individuals. What damage can be done, and what damage might be repaired, through the writing of history? Again, how can I connect students to this?
Finally, I've been thinking a great deal about the craft of teaching. Now that I'm nearly actually a professional pedagogue (although hopefully not the dull kind), I am trying to wrap my own head around how to present information in ways that will help my students construct knowledge. Everything is connected to everything else, our task as participants in this civilization, is to figure out how. It's a complex subject, but fascinating to entertain.
One week I might be holed up in the house preparing for next week's teaching. Another week, I might be visiting a friend in the city, catching up on a three week backlog of Doctor Who. Still another week, I might be cuddled up with my partner watching a summer movie on opening night. Yet another week I could be playing boardgames with a houseful of badgers. Really, it's hard to say what a typical Friday night looks like. You'd have much better luck getting a coherent and consistent answer by asking me what I'm doing a typical Sunday night.
More importantly, you should message me if you want to do so. Cheers!