I went to UT, and then to grad school in Wisconsin. I came back to Texas partly because it's just too damned cold there. I like my job. I like my friends, but they tend to live in the Austin area, so that's where I spend most weekends. My family moved to the Dallas area soon after I did a little over four years ago. That would be my parents, an older bother and younger sister. If you're doing the math I spent a year back in Austin underemployed and living with friends after grad school. The economy was melting down and killed my best job prospects there. I ended up stumbling into a great job up in Dallas.
I'm no master chef but I can cook. I read a lot. I often like to drive and walk fast. If I have a destination in mind, I'd just as soon get there. It's not that I cannot appreciate the journey when the journey is the point, but a trip for groceries is not a journey. It's an errand and my time is precious. I am a late adopter of smartphone technology so I am sometimes wildly out of touch with what they can do. The plus side is I still get child-like glee from things that are banal to most of the populace.
My profile pictures are old. I keep telling myself I should update those sometime, but never in a good picture taking moment. In the meantime, imagine the guy in the pictures, but with short hair, and clean shaven.
b) Casablanca, anything Kevin Smith, Fight Club, Office Space, The Princess Bride, Super Troopers, Secretary, D.E.B.S., The Marx Brothers, Moonrise Kingdom was really good lately, so was Cloud Atlas.
c) Lately Butch Walker has been rocking my musical world. Halestorm. I'm a big Pink fan. Pearl Jam and generally all grunge. Concrete Blonde. Meatloaf. Cowboy Mouth. Some classical, a lot of classic rock. I have a soft spot for early 90's west coast rap. I love all sorts of music, though not much country.
d) yes, I love food.
1. A car
2. A phone
3. Internet access
4. A good book (or twelve)
5. Work. It doesn't need to be my current work, but if I don't do something productive from time to time, I'll go crazy.
Five is good, no need to go for six.
Without chasing the ideal, you're always compromising, and often halfway between two workable solutions is an absolutely unworkable mess.
I've been the unshakable idealist for as long as I can remember, but the really hard problems don't always have an ideal solution. Life is messy and people are messy and to ignore that seems to invite trouble. I guess I'm trying to decide if pragmatic politics is selling out or growing up.