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My self-summary
Practice, practice. Teacher of tough teenagers. Contented all-terrain mammal. Always learning. Interested in most things. Just moved back to NYC after four years away. Many stories. Defenseless when it comes to Mexican food. I read maps like others read novels. Certified EMT/firefighter. A little stage-acting here and there. I sing and dance, separately. My dad is my homeboy. My bike is a donkey that could eat your house. I ride it off road whenever possible. I like any activity that makes me sweat. Recovering journalist and will never go back. Can prove that Cincinnati is the fulcrum of western culture. Advocate of salt and garlic. I don't give up on friends. Play in Irish music group; compose non-Irish music. Fast runner, slow worker. I believe most problems are solved by food, gumption, exertion, and patience I care deeply about my peoples. I like talking to strangers. I think there is no excuse for boredom, especially in this town. Turned on by international relations, folklore/mythology, history (especially Irish, Balkan, Middle East, Chinese), design, outstanding performances, urban planning, country living, ecosystems, most string instruments, bricks, languages, hammers, woods, tubers, neuroscience trends, Ice-ees, exploring, river systems/ watersheds, motion pictures, jazz piano, traditional fiddle from wherever, mountains, baseball, hometown loyalty, foreign thangs, friendliness, people who build things, conglomerate accents, storytelling, adventure.

Spry, durable, kind, versatile, honest, grateful.

"Harmony, balance, rhythm. That's what life's about."
- George Pocock
What I’m doing with my life
Re-transitioning back to schoolteacher career and New York life after a year doing something very different. Plotting a couple big projects. Writing songs. Very physically active. Maintaining daily practices. Possibly too many hobbies. But we'll see.
I’m really good at
establishing a tranquil, focused, respectful, and balanced classroom. making the greatest salsa in human history. dialects. anything physical. white bean turkey chili, not losing my temper. pitch recall. sonic modesty. toasts and speeches. out-dancing the competition. pull-ups. boxing. singing songs. writing letters. word economy. gittin thangs done. manual labor and lifting heavy stuff. accents. mixes. back rubs. forgetting drama.
The first things people usually notice about me
New Yorkers think I sound southern. It's all relative.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Reading list:
Maps. Vonnegut. Joseph Campbell. Tim O'Brien. Studs Terkel. Frank McCourt. Pete Hamill. The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Coal: A Human History, Atlases, The Tender Bar, Working, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Chasing the White Dog, NY Times International section, more maps.
Stuff I haven't read but is high on my list:
too much.

Movies chronologically:
North by Northwest, the Conversation, Network, The Harder They Come, Rockers, Coal Miner's Daughter, Repo Man, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, Do the Right Thing, The Civil War (Ken Burns), just about anything made by Ken Burns, The Commitments, Brassed Off, The Far Side of the World, The World's Fastest Indian, City of God, Sugar (Dominican minor league pitcher movie), the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Music: highly specific, but a little of everything. old stuff. classical. old country. old R&B. old reggae & rocksteady. old bluegrass and old time. jazz before it became gobbledygook. old punk rock. hip hop before 1997. old reels and jigs and ditties from Ireland, Cape Breton, KY, NC, WV, the Caribbean, Russia, the Balkans, Mexico, Middle East. old songs about war and shipwrecks and disease and false lovers and fistfights and murder and croaking and imbibery. some new stuff (dancehall and R&B). I try to be conscious of Top-40 to understand the brains of my students. marches. national anthems. sea shanties. work songs. pipe and drum corps. Buddy Rich and them typa dudes. hurdy-gurdies. gongs. bored yet?

Food: Mexican. Ethiopian. Vietnamese. Generally, most foreign kindsa food. I'll try anything, but I hate white creamy stuff with a burning zeal.
The six things I could never do without
Mexican food, friendship, music, physical exercise, salt, and water's pretty good too.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Civic conundrums. My students. "Joyful participation in the sorrows of the world." Practice.
On a typical Friday night I am
slave to enchiladas. swapping stories. exposing teeth. making up songs. making up for lost zzz's. hangin with old men. bowling. ball games. bantering. Random trouble and bad ideas.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Whatever. Just ask and I'll tell it to you straight.
You should message me if
you are a mammal, have a sense of humor, and value kindness. Museum buddies welcome. I have no expectations and am light-hearted about all this, but also open to whatever. If nothing else, I'm good for a laugh and am always respectful.