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My self-summary
Twas brillig, and the slithey toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe,

all mimsey were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe...

... you may THINK that statement was just a space filler because I'm bad at self-description ... or maybe I'm going through another Lewis Carroll phase.

... And you could be right

I am inquisitive, intellectual, and introverted
What I’m doing with my life
My last birthday was in $EARLY_MONTH_OF_THE_YEAR. During the party, I gathered all of my biking-addicted friends together, raised my drink, and promised them "A century ride by this time next year." A 'century ride,' by the way, is a 100 $UNIT_OF_DISTANCE bicycle ride (miles or kilometers), usually accomplished in a short period of time. Short time = a few hours ... not a few days.

At one point during the evening I specified that $UNIT_OF_DISTANCE = miles.

100 miles.

(Thinking back to how badly I did on my most recent distance ride).

Yheeeez, I have a *LOT* of training to do. And (as of July 08) half a year to do it in. Must stop procrastinating. Mustmustmustmustmust.

(Edit - December 08)
Nope. Not going to happen by $EARLY_MONTH_OF_THE_YEAR. Used too many excuses filed in "why khan-fused didn't train" ... (Too much homework in the evening classes ...too much overtime work ... sheer fragging laziness ...) Wonder if I can edit the goal to say DURING the target year instead of BY the target year.



Yes, there IS a lot more going on with my life. A lot of it involves employment. Some of it involves taking evening classes in order to improve my employment. But trust me, there's only so far you can take the "Here I was editing this proposal to a state agency" story at a cocktail party before your audience commits seppuku with cocktail stirrers just to fight off their boredom. I imagine tales of computer networking theory and Cisco router administration would have the same result.

Instead, I write about century ride challenges, and guitar practice that I really should get back to, and irish pennywhistle practice that I need to start, and how I've gone back into aikido training, and how I need to metaphorically bash myself in the head to break this friggin writer's block. Or maybe physically bash myself in the head.
The first things people usually notice about me
Ok ... I'll follow the example of a couple others here ...

What did you first notice about me? Please use the "WikiProfile" feature to add your observations here. I think that makes more sense (and is likely to be more accurate) than whatever I might come up with.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
You know that OKCupid cliche "I like everything except elephant choruses and chainsaw quartets?" Not that much of a cliche here.

Today's playlist has segued from Sheryl Crow, to Central Asian tribal music (from the Smithsonian Silk Road compilation), to Yes (hard shift from tribal music to prog rock - THAT was entertaining), to Old Blind Dogs and Wicked Tinkers (celtic), to New Age ambient synth. And hey, here comes some saxophone-heavy jazz... followed by acapella choral music. If I remember the contents of this playlist correctly, there'll be some Dvorak randomly seeded in there, probably followed by The Kimberly Trip ( -- friends of mine -- playing poppy geek-rock.)

Some of what I'm listening to is influenced by what I'm trying to learn how to play. Think of a line that stretches from 17th-19th century folk/world music (my current college-based ensemble) and 60s-80s country (childhood influences), through modern folk and electrified celtic, up through modern blues and rock (Eagles, Blues Traveler, Melissa Etheridge, Counting Crows, and lots more, because I FINALLY bought an electric guitar last week). Add in some more celtic, because I'm teaching myself pennywhistle ... and stir.

And I'm working on the elephant quartets. Just need to get the backup singers together, and not have the local zookeepers want to shoot me.

Movies: answers to follow shortly

Books: See above

Food: Yes, I like food. See above.
The six things I could never do without
Joy, friends, giggles, creativity, spinning peoples' heads, common sense ...

... oh waitaminit --you wanted to know about THINGS--um...

caffiene, books, computer (w) internet feed, my allergy meds ... Guitar ... and with that comes music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How long ago OK Cupid changed this question before I noticed it was no longer "who would you trade brains with?" 'Cause after I got done with my smartass answer I started thinking ... trading brains ... squishy ... eeeew.

Ok, I don't spend a LOT of time thinking about that ... but spending much of a day chasing numbers for invoicing clients is frelling BORING!!! The occasional odd thought will creep in there.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes, trying to recover from Friday daytime. This may involve being with friends doing nothing in particular. Or doing very particular things like hitting the local music scene ... taking photos when several of these friends hit the stage ... practicing guitar for an upcoming show for the World Music Ensemble that I joined about a year and a half ago ... madly rushing around turning sheet music into cheat sheets because I didn't practice ENOUGH for an upcoming show ...

What IS a typical Friday night?
You should message me if
... late at night, the voices in your head tell you to.

... but that depends on what the voices tell you to do AFTER you get in touch with me (he says as he's listening to Oingo Boingo's "Insanity")