I was born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. I studied art and illustration in college with an eye on being a comic book penciller, but after graduation I got sidetracked into teaching English overseas: mostly in Japan, but a bit in Taiwan as well. After a series of international adventures, my wife and I returned to the States and made the Bay Area our home.
With regards to the aforementioned wife, that is a present-tense state of affairs. I have been married to the incomparable Jellykka since 2006. We opened our marriage during a time when we were living in separate countries, but once we moved back to the States, we concurred that we enjoyed the non-monogamous life, and eventually started identifying as poly. We mostly date separately because it's just easier to schedule, but we've been known to date as a unit when the stars align.
I'm also fairly active in the local kink scene. I came to it by way of poly, and now it's a considerable element of my identity. I'm mostly active with SFTNG, as well as the Society of Janus. If you're similarly wired, I can point you to my profile on that other social network. And if not, I don't use that as a criterion when it comes to meeting new people. I'm glad to get acquainted with vanilla folks, veteran kinksters and everyone in between.
In my off-time, I have no shortage of extracurricular interests. I won't say hobbies: I prefer Nick Offerman's alternative, 'disciplines'. I run, rock climb, hike and build things out of wood. I've been known to home-brew beer and hard cider, and I'm fairly adept in the kitchen. Recently, I've also set out to landscape my backyard, as well as teach myself the bass guitar ( go ahead, make all the jokes). I've also been surfing and skiing once or twice, and I'd like to pick those up again as well.
-Phantoms in the Brain, by Vilayanur Ramachandran
-Voltaire, by Candide
-On The Road, by Jack Kerouac
-A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
-The Ancestor's Tale/ the God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
-Gods and Monsters
-The Hudsucker Proxy
-Parks and Recreation
-Mostly anything by Joss Whedon (Angel is a bit meh, but I'm watching it to fill in the continuity with BtVS)
-Pink Floyd (especially the earlier Syd Barrett stuff)
-The Rolling Stones
-Judge John Hodgman
-Sex Nerd Sandra
-Red vs. Blue
-Taiwanese ( except for stinky tofu; that's actually a thing, and it's horrible!)
OK, let's just say I'm into pretty much all food from everywhere. It's much easier.
-My smartphone ( I'm not proud of this, but it's really revolutionized how I interact with the world).
-A good pair of firm yet well-worn climbing shoes.
-A mechanical pencil with 2B lead.
-A spiral bound sketchbook with quality paper.
-Our Miele vacuum cleaner ( we have a shiba inu; he sheds like crazy!).
-You're poly/kink experienced, or curious and want to learn.
-You're self-aware, decent and not shy about calling bullshit when you hear it.