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My self-summary
Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. Really, I'm flattered. I'm going to use this space to give you a snapshot of myself, rather than explain who I'm looking for like some kinda help wanted ad.

Occupation: I teach 3rd grade, public school. It's sometimes grueling, usually challenging, and always meaningful. I often work late, yet still wonder if I'll ever catch up. Former newsy (reporter, writer, editor) and I like using words in crafty ways. It irks me when people replace words with letters or numbers. I think spelling matters.

Education: I see learning as a lifelong adventure and college is not a means to an end. Having said that, I've acquired way too many credit hours.

Random stuff: I've been known to go on madcap adventures like train hopping, hitchhiking,and toiling on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. Lived in Scotland for a year when I was a sailor. I'm agnostic, I think science is endlessly fascinating, and I'm open to conversations about spirituality and the after-life. I like sports, but mainly follow baseball. I only go to a couple of Sox games per year, so don't be scared. I have good retention for trivial knowledge. Love club dancing, but not into the scene. I will make you laugh. I am a fair-skinned, blue-eyed Mexican. I have a soft heart, but little patience for litterbugs, drivers who stop beyond the white lines, and apathy in general. I'm good with kids and I'm a kid at heart. I like superheroes, Star Wars, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. It used to be Christmas, but that has become anti-climactic since my family became so spread apart. I have a cat with eyes like cracked jade. Love biking and I take mass transit on a regular basis. I have an affinity for the music and furniture of the '60s/'70s. I like long walks. I've recently gotten into ice skating. I have decided to give another shot at learning guitar. I have a gym membership. Left-winged and left-handed. I practice random acts of kindness.
What I’m doing with my life
working with struggling readers; trying to settle on a healthy diet; lotsa efferent reading; hardly ever getting sick; pondering the female mind
I’m really good at
giving the benefit of the doubt, picking up other people's litter, writing my thoughts, being late, being honest, playing devil's advocate, walking, dancing, smiling, well-crafted sentences, sad goodbyes, highlighting most of the page, connecting, rescuing discarded furniture, horror comics, scrabble, Donkey Kong, pool, being patient, typing, biking, attempting to learn an instrument, caring for felines, trusting, sleeping in, staying up late, online chess, underachieving, overachieving, screwing up tense in Spanish, movie quotes, daydreaming, trivia, juggling, witty repartee, intellectual curiosity...dang, I have to do everything around here.
The first things people usually notice about me
my pork chop sideburns
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
John Steinbeck, zombie flicks, '70s am, tacos, Pat Conroy, prison shows, '80s fm, cake that's been in the fridge all night, Joe R. Lansdale, John Hughes flicks, Marnie Stern, Seinfeld, kiwi fruit, Jan Michael Vincent, Led Zeppelin, feta cheese, Flannery 'O Connor, Gerard McMahon, seedless grapes, newspapers, canepas, and the triumphant music of Ronnie James Dio
The six things I could never do without
keeping my cool
I spend a lot of time thinking about
both sides of the argument.
On a typical Friday night I am
fooling myself into thinking I have all weekend to do that thing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can't whistle.
You should message me if
you question the evolutionary impossibility of the octopus; you're a people person; you think kissing is underrated; you'd like to get along with someone and settle down.