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My self-summary
A friend of a friend hipped me to this site. I took the personality test, and decided to sign up, in the spirit of 'what the hell'. I was born in Milwaukee, and have lived all over the eastern half of the country (I was an IBM brat). Although I have my slacker moments, I have a better than average work ethic. I'm very proud of the fact that I paid my own way through college (BA in English from Marquette University) and kept a B average in spite of being disabled (Tourette Syndrome). I'm one of those people Chrissie Hynde would describe as a 'guitar bore', who has an inordinate fondness for playing guitar and listening to music. I've been playing guitar and singing since I was 13, when my dad concocted a ruse to get me to pay for guitar lessons with my paper route money. A friend of mine described my original stuff as sounding like Elvis Costello fronting CCR. I cant think of a better description, so I sniped it. You can see video footage of me performing at I don't doubt I'll think of a kajillion things I should have written here once I close up the writing-box thingee. One doesn't learn to ice-skate without landing on the ol' ass a few times.
What I’m doing with my life
Working through several temp agencies as an editor/DTP person or a PC Technician (I have my A+ and Network+ certs). I recently finished the Cisco CCNA sequence at the Junior college near me, and also passed my first Microsoft cert (Windows 7 MCTS). Doing the singer-songwriter thing at any number of places near where I'm currently living. Trying to facilitate the lifelong process of growing up. Hopefully moving to Alberta a few years down the line to pursue some more education (second undergrad in EE tech).
I’m really good at
Writing, Editing, Graphic Design, playing rhythm guitar, transcribing and arranging. Frank McCourt's observation about doggedness being one of his saving graces applies to me, too.
The first things people usually notice about me
"...GOD, you're Tall!" Or else my resemblance to either a.)Frank Zappa b.)Nicholas Cage
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a.)Just about anything by Mike Royko, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, The Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James Farrell, and Dick Butkus' autobiography Flesh and Blood: How I played the game

b.) Parenthood, Apocalypse Now

c.) Richard Thompson - Watching the Dark, Shoot out the lights Hendrix - Axis: Bold as love Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs and Stories Tom Waits - Closing Time, Nighthawks at the Diner

d.) Pizza, Whole Wheat Mac n'Cheese
Six things I could never do without
I looked into doing the TEFL thing a few years back, and decided that I'd be fine if I had: an acoustic guitar, a Ghetto Blaster, and a laptop with me, and If I had access to a library and a Gym (especially one with a decent lap pool)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Let me try to describe it in terms of magazines I gravitate toward at either the newsstand or the library, which constitute a hodgepodge of middlebrow nerdy topics:
Guitar Player
Computer Music
Popular Science
Popular Mechanics
PC World
Linux Journal/Linux Format
Psychology Today
The Economist
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing music, either in a friend's basement or at an open mic
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Listed at other points in my profile
You should message me if
You're arm-wrestling yourself about whether or not you should.
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