I am a man who is constantly studying the art of not taking myself seriously, focusing on the positive, and living my dreams. It has taken me to great places; I've gotten to tour playing music, watch my video play on MTV2 and HBO, hear myself on the radio, work with tech pioneers, travel, perform comedy that I wrote, and live very comfortably while doing so.
I'm a pretty laid back kinda guy. I do my best to focus on the possibilities of what I can achieve, and working hard for it, without believing it's my destiny or birthright -- letting my imperfections show, and trying to find the strength to take the good with the bad. It means laughing at yourself, even if you're proud of yourself.
In more "general interest" terms, I'm a nerd about comedy, music, and technology, and have been for as long as I can remember. These endeavors aren't very outdoorsy, I admit, but I also take my health seriously, and eat well and work out. And I do love the outdoors, I just don't have much time to spend on it. Have enjoyed a couple hikes nearby, and I'm a short drive from Golden Gate Park, which is my go-to place for a Spotify-accompanied walk.
My whole career has been in corporate environments, but I still feel like a misfit; I tend to seek out the coworkers who make the risque jokes and have a strong creative side. I hope to steer my career in a more creative direction eventually, though writing isn't bad for that. My life outside work has so little resemblance to my life inside work; I'd love to meet someone who has had to relegate their creative passions to being a "hobby." Double-lifers have it very good as we are jacks of many trades and are always engaged and in need, but oh to feel like you're half-assing the two halves of your life, even as you steadily advance in both realities! It would be great to relate to someone about that.
And I do still play videogames and love 'em. I don't have much time to these days (you can't really account for that time, it's basically lost, so I keep it to a minimum), but it's part of me for sure. In 1990, I was 3rd in my age group at the Nintendo World Championships in Dallas. That's one thing that shows up if you Google my name.
I’m really good at:
Dancing really (no, *really*) badly, picking the tastiest item on a menu, programming, composing and performing music, finding the humor in things, writing, coping with inconvenience/having patience, being sensible and calm, apologizing when I'm wrong, giving credit where it's due, saying the phrase "Foster's: Australian for Beer" in an Aussie accent, overanalyzing comedy and music, configuring A/V and TV setups, grilling things outdoors, recording and filming things, researching the answer to why Huey Lewis was allowed to be famous, making sparkling water in my Sodastream, digitizing analog media, packing a LOT of dishes into the dishwasher, smoothing out awkward situations, keeping myself afloat (both in water and life), smelling nice, Rock Band, harmonies, rapping both parts to the dirty version of "Nuthin' But A G Thang" at karaoke, telling stories (I *love* telling stories), and making the most of just about anything.
Fave Music: There are gems in every genre and I seek them all. But I have my go-tos and habits, too. I like indie stuff, particularly GOOD indie rock (think Tame Impala rather than generic indie like Fun.). "IDM" (as stupid as that term is) is great. Some hip-hop, reggae, ska, funk, soul, and jazz. Old rock and roll. Music that makes me nostalgic for the 90s (like Nirvana and blue album Weezer). Weird ambient stuff like Stars of the Lid and Azusa Plane. Old folk, country, and blues (that has soul and grit to it). I could go on and on.
Lastly: I once said "that's what she said" to myself -- actually, it was after loading a dishwasher well. The setup, which for some reason I said out loud, was: "damn, that was a big load." Is it weird that I keep bringing up my dishwasher loading skills? Oh well, too late now.