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My self-summary
I have now been back in the bay area for just over 3 years, after 22 years away.

I love music - especially making it. I sing (bass), play guitar, bass, bass trombone, and tuba. 15 pts. if you can figure out my favorite clef.

I have made money as an actor, singer, engineer, field hand, library assistant, research assistant, college instructor, telephone survey taker, political activist, data entry monkey, and writer/researcher of career counseling materials. My new job is working with a well-known environmental group and their database systems - particularly in mobilizing the public around issues and electoral campaigns.

I am part of the small, and often invisible, religious left - in MN, I was a proud member of the first Baptist church to call an out-lesbian as a pastor. Here in Oakland, I am appreciating a chance to be part of a truly multi-racial congregation (which is depressingly rare within our country.)

I can't imagine life without laughter - although some would contend that my puns have helped them imagine such a world.

I really enjoy softball - bridge - board games - hiking - and theater. I would also love to expand my interests - so if you have suggestions, I am game.

I have good relationships with all of my family - and you are sure to know where my parents and sisters live in pretty short order.

I have been pursuing biking a bit more in the last year - and recently got a recumbent bicycle which I have ridden around a fair amount of the East Bay - including a 50-mile charity ride around San Jose in early July.

I am bearded, humerous, and musical
What I’m doing with my life
Fighting the good fight on behalf of the environment - and everything else left in the cold when government is dominated by people who think that greed is good. For the first time in my career, I am enjoying the challenges of working to make something good happen - I was getting really tired of playing "defense" all the time.

Playing tuba in a brass quintet, bass trombone in a jazz band, and singing in a church choir.
I’m really good at
Explaining technical things to non-technical people.

Recognizing, following, or sometimes inventing a bass line.

Puzzles - crossword, logic, etc. (although I grant that "cryptic crosswords" a la many English newspapers are a stiff challenge)

Learning public transit systems.
The first things people usually notice about me
1. My beard - It used to be described as "Grizzly Adams" - I seem to be getting more and more "Santa Claus" these days. 2. Bad puns
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: In general - books are good. It is sometimes disturbing to note how much I put onto my Stacy's bookstore "Literary License" account. (It is, of course, much more disturbing that Stacy's is gone.)

I am a sucker for books that refer to the sport of cricket - whether sociological analysis (like CLR James's Beyond a Boundary) - Fiction (I just finished Netherland by Joseph O'Neill) - or just a basic introduction to the sport (Cricket Explained by Robert Eastaway worked pretty well for me). Now someday I will have to see and/or play the game.

I read a lot of science fiction - and particularly like the work of China Mieville, Kim Stanley Robinson, and John Barnes. I enjoy books that are humorous, and a little "off" - well epitomized by Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett, and Christopher Moore. Iain Banks - one of the few contemporary authors to be successful both in SF and straight fiction - is quite good with whatever he writes. I have read Jane Austin - and still don't understand why Darcy (or, for that matter, J. Austin) is so esteemed, although I suppose that made it easier to appreciate Pride & Prejudice & Zombies when it came out this year.

In non-fiction, I find Jasper Diamond's work ( Guns, Germs and Steel, and Collapse) generally interesting and thought provoking - although I am not qualified to judge the merits of his anthropological or sociological arguments, I enjoy reading about the history of science, technology, and mathematics.

I am also working on a slow project of reading all of the plays of William Shakespeare.

Movies: I am not a big movie viewer - so probably have to fall back on the collected works of Monty Python as a favorite here. On the cricket theme - I suppose I can include "Hope & Glory" as well.

Music: I particularly like the work of the Bobs, Solas (especially in the Karen Casey/John Doyle years), the Who, and La Bottine Sorriante. I have recently discovered the work of Jonathan Coulton - and appreciate his geeky humor. In "serious" music, I tend to enjoy relatively modern stuff best (Hindemith is a particular favorite) - although there certainly was a lot of renaissance and baroque music that I enjoy. I am not a huge fan of the hard core classical and romantic periods.

Foods: I am a big fan of the use of smoke in cooking - and I like Mexican, Carribean, and Middle Eastern cuisines a lot.
Six things I could never do without
In no particular order - my guitar, a computer, my family, smoked salmon, a way to make the world a better place, and something good to read.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Alternative rule structures - whether imagining different constitutional arrangements for our government (who on earth thought, or for that matter thinks, that a 2/3 majority requirement to pass a California budget was a good idea?!?), or different rules for a fantasy baseball league. (Those in the know will recognize someone who spent some - perhaps too much - time with game theory in graduate school.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, how do you define typical. Since arriving in Oakland, I have most often been in front of my computer - but this listing is, in part, about trying to change that.
You should message me if
you want to.

However, if you voted for the gay marriage ban in California, you probably should not bother.
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