When I read my horoscope, it’s from Em & Lo. Since I’m on the cusp, I read both and choose whichever one I like better.
No guns. Non-negotiable.
“Dude, you’re too serious.” No, not really. I just know myself and am very particular about who I share my humor and my time with; and I’m not afraid of hard truths.
What I’m Doing With My Life
I earned my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and was a librarian for many years. It’s not what you think, though. My job had very, very little to do with books and more to do with what I do now: Project Management. I never thought of myself as a writer, but then I published a book. Granted, it’s an academic text, but it’s still on sale on Amazon for $80 or something ridiculous.
It makes sense, though, that a life goal for me is to write a screenplay. It’s already outlined in my head. I fantasize about it being directed by Ang Lee and scored by Radiohead. It would be bad ass. I just need to put the damn thing on paper.
I work on large, non-profit ventures. The last project I spearheaded raised $25K in 4 months without a budget for an anti-bullying campaign. Currently, I have a side job working for a non-profit born out of the Sandy Hook massacre. It’s challenging work, but it keeps my life in perspective. Think about those parents and you’ll realize you’re doing just fine.
I’m really good at
moving things along and getting them done. I’m still surprised every day that simply being organized in work and life is such a rare skill that companies will pay you money for that. Crazy talk.
I’m also really intuitive when it comes to uncovering peoples’ interests and habits; and cutting through the b.s. Just tell me straight.
My favorite book right now is “The Lion and The Bird.” It’s about empathy, care, friendship, loss and loyalty. It’s up for an award and is currently out of stock with every major online outlet. The one copy I saw online is going for over $100. Yet, I have a copy because..well, I know how to get things done; and I paid less than twenty bucks for it.
I’m BIG BIG into movies. Lots of my conversations involve some sort of hidden movie reference. People who catch it get my attention whether romantic or Platonic. I think, besides Love Actually, Die Hard is one of the all-time great Christmas movies. Daniel Craig makes an excellent Bond. Dennis Leary is underappreciated especially if you watch The Ref or Rescue Me. Gary Oldman is a chameleon. If you can name the one movie that features Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, James Galdolfini, Bronson Pincho, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, and Tom Sizemore, then we can talk for hours.
I miss LOST and I’m always encouraging people to just try Game of Thrones. Forget all the hype. Just watch the first episode of the first season and then tell me you’re not into it. At least you tried and I won’t fault you for that.
Radiohead, The Roots, The Outfield, Tribe, Gang Starr, Jack Johnson, Sir Mix-a-Lot (yes, I said it), Modest Mouse, Regina Spektor, B-52’s, Weezer and most anything ‘80s.
I like foreign: Indian, Thai, Japanese. I’m into a good burger a la Hugo’s. You cannot find good Mexican food in NWA except for El Cunado in Springdale. Tapas are right up there with Japanese, but I’ve not yet come across a tapas restaurant in NWA.
I cook about 5 days a week. I’m above average on that front. Still, I’d like to get better. My son potentially has Celiac disease so we’re on a strict gluten-free diet. This is for medical reasons, not because it’s a fad. This means we eat clean food and I always regret eating fast food no matter how good an idea it seems at the time. I have a serious collection of gourmet sea salts that includes individual blends of flori, porcini, saffron, and truffle.
The six things I could never do without
I Spend A Lot of Time Thinking About
The Fun Thoughts: Where I should take a vacation. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a vacation I helped plan. There aren’t many places in the U.S. I’m interested in spending my vacation money on so I’m thinking abroad. I’m a hot weather man so someplace islandic would be on the table. I like the idea of staying in a hut on stilts where I have to paddle up to it and enter using a ladder up to the bottom floor. I want to walk into a restaurant and see two bars: one for drinks, and the other for food. There isn’t a menu. There is just today’s catch spread out on a bed of ice and the waiter says, “Choose.”
The Real Thoughts: How to balance my past, present, and future. I don’t want to live in the past and carry a lot of baggage with me all of my life. I don’t want to forget where I came either, though. I’d like to be all Zen and stuff and live in the moment, but I spend a lot of time thinking about how what I’m doing in the present is going to affect my future. I feel like Llyod Dobler.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably at home watching Netflix or having dinner at Taste of Thai with my son. I like DIY projects so I’m also planning out my time for the weekend for a new DIY project. Full disclosure: most of my projects fail, but I like trying them out anyway.