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My self-summary
Moved to Burbank for a job in August 2017. It was supposed to be a year. But now it's two. So I'm still here. I'm definitely still an east coast person, but I'm slowly adjusting to the other wide of the country.

Friends are always welcome.
What I’m doing with my life
Recently finished my Ph.D. in Law & Public Policy. Now I teach political science and do research on the courts and public policy.

I also do some photography. If you're interested, I can send you a link to some of my stuff. I like to think I have some skill.
I’m really good at
my job, whatever it happens to be at the time. Right now, that job is teaching undergraduates.... and, well, I'm really good at it. I was also really good at my last job, defending criminals in district court.

I'm also great at knowing the words to songs, but unfortunately, am rendered completely unable to sing them due to some pitch issues. Not that that always stops me, but you won't find me on the microphone at karaoke.

I'm also really good at coming up with sarcastic commentary.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eyes and my hair, since they're both rather variable. Not to say that I change my eyes, but I switch between contacts and different glasses with some frequency. My hair style is always highly variable. Sometimes it works, others... well. Less so.

I've also been told I have a great smile. And some random woman walking down Tremont St in Boston was very impressed with my legs. So I guess it's really hard to say.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have way too many favorites to list, but here goes:

For Books:

Now that I'm done with my dissertation, I can read for fun again. Lots of things already waiting. Strangely, a lot of those are similar to the dissertation books I just finished. Very excited about some books on privacy and judicial behavior. But I've also got some great fiction lined up. I hear this "Game of Thrones" thing is good. I may read that.

Past favorites include, anything by Dorothy Parker; The Count of Monte Cristo; The Three Musketeers; Les Liaisons Dangereuse; House of Mirth; Me Talk Pretty One Day; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Ender's Game; Eats, Shoots & Leaves; Bastard Out of Carolina; Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; Rome & Juliet; Hamlet; Lord of the Rings; Wheel of Time. I'm sure there are others. I'm addicted to books, but picking favorites is hard.

For Music:

My roommate often reminds me that my iPod is like a really good retro night. Well, he says retro night. I assume he means a really good one.

But, seriously, some highlights include Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Gibson, ABBA, Madonna, The Carpenters, Nickel Creek, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Patty Griffin, Bernadette Peters, Erasure, Gregory Douglass, Brian W. Spencer, Indigo Girls, Stephen Sondheim, other musical theater, and other cheesy pop music.

I do like some current stuff, too. I've been enjoying the iTunes Radio feature a lot lately. But don't ask me what they're playing. It's good, but I don't always know what it is.


I rarely go to the movies. I don't know why. I love movies. I should go more often. I especially like the Kendall Square Cinema and the movies they tend to show. I've yet to see something bad there.

Some movies I have seen that I loved are: Up, Love Me If You Dare, l'Auberge Espangole, Star Wars IV-VI, Labyrinth, House of Yes, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Steel Magnolias, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Muriel's Wedding, Noises Off!, Saved, Neverending Story, Clue.


I'm not a huge TV viewer, either. At least I tell myself that. But I do usually have it on for background noise while I'm doing other things. When that's the case, there's a good chance it's Law & Order, in some incarnation. Probably the original or SVU. Rarely CI. If I had BBC-America, I'd watch the UK Version. Constantly. I love the wigs.

Now that "How I Met Your Mother" is over I don't know what to watch. I still have a season left on Downton Abbey. I suppose I could watch that. I've also been watching some web based shows.

For Food:

Chocolate. Anything that I've cooked (I collect cookbooks). Good pizza. 'Bad' Chinese food. Assorted fine teas. Peanut butter. Cheese (but not blue cheese). Pasta.
Six things I could never do without
1. Books
2. Music
3. Tea
4. Camera
5. Notebooks/writing implements
6. Theater
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Theater I need to see. Traveling I need to do. Books I need to read. Books I need to write. The lack of time necessary in a single day to accomplish these things.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm not sure there is a typical Friday. I could be out for a cocktail with some friends, watching a movie, reading a book, or working on an article. Typical is boring, right?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
As much as I loved law school and working on my Ph.D. (and I did! I swear!), sometimes I wish I'd stuck it out as a creative writing major. I suppose there's still time, right?
You should message me if
you enjoy any of the same books or movies, or if you have a love for theater, particularly musical theater. A love of travel and intellectual conversation is also helpful.

But yeah... message me if you want. I'm not one to tell people what to do with their lives.
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