“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”–J.R.R. Tolkien
One of the main things people tell me about myself is that they never know what I’m going to look like the next time they see me. Every school year, I undergo a metamorphosis as I grow all or some of the hair on my head and then cut it all off in the spring, usually mid-April, but this year I waited until May and then cut it in stages to make the transition more gradual. I have several reasons for this seasonal transformation. Outside temperature is definitely a factor (it’s way more enjoyable to have a built-in facemask at 20 below zero than when playing ultimate frisbee at 80 degrees), but keeping students, family, and friends on their toes is a definite side-benefit.
Currently I’m somewhere in between, with a short beard that still covers my face and short hair on most of the top… (except for that one spot up there people tell me is thinning… but I can’t see it, so it doesn’t exist… right?)
By day, I am a high school teacher at one of the larger local high schools, and for the most part I’m pretty happy and satisfied with my job.
I teach media classes like Photography, Video Production, Graphic Design, and Yearbook back in the classroom where I took a few of those courses myself when I was a student at the very same school. I enjoy building working relationships with students and all the positive energy and excitement many of them bring to their daily activities, especially when I can facilitate those Ah-HA moments when kids actually get something important. I’m not as thrilled with the meetings, bureaucracy, endless emails, and requests or mandates from the school district to do more than I’m already doing.
By night (and on weekends and major holidays), I am a husband and father-of-four (edit: now FIVE!).
When I was younger, I never would have predicted that I would have a family with 5 kids, but I love it. It’s certainly trying at times, but sharing life experiences with my kids has been one of the great joys for me in the last 10 years. Outside as a family we enjoy hiking, camping, and being on the water at our lake cabin. Inside we like to play games, watch movies, and eat good food. I will say that the care and maintenance of a family this size doesn’t always leave a lot of free time to do these things that we love. We also have to resolve a lot of conflict, clean a lot of dishes, and buy vehicles with an abundance of seat belts. Although there are moments where I am less keen, most of the time I enjoy all of it immensely.
The sliver of me that is left after work and family take their pound of flesh still has some interests too. I love all kinds of games: board games, card games, video games, party games, brain teasers, and puzzles. I love boating: sailboats are my favorite, but I also enjoy kayaks, waverunners, canoes and SUPs. The final category I’ll mention here is books. Predominantly I enjoy high fantasy novels, but I also love classic literature, self-help, and even the occasional history or biography. Recently I haven’t been able to find time to read, so I’ve been listening to audiobooks that I borrow from my library via various apps and listening to them while I do the housework or drive to/from work.
To provide some more information, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my ALL-TIME favorite things:
- Single Book: The Hobbit or There and Back Again
- Book Series: The Wheel of Time (eat your heart out, GoT…)
- Outdoor Activity: Sailing
- Sport: Ultimate Frisbee
- Board Game: Settlers of Catan
- Card Game: Magic: The Gathering
- Single Video Game: Halo: Combat Evolved
- Video Game Franchise: The Legend of Zelda series
- Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
- Movie Franchise: The Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit
- Music Artist: Daft Punk
- TV Show: Seinfeld
And another of CURRENT interests:
- Single Book: The Power of Moments
- Book Series: The Stormlight Archive
- Outdoor Activity: Lying in my Hammock
- Board Game: Trogdor!! The Board Game
- Card Game: Killer Uno
- Single Video Game: Anthem
- Video Game Franchise: Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
- Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Movie Franchise: Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Music Artist: Glitch Mob
- TV Show: Endeavour
(After reading some of your ideas for lists, the ones I created above seemed a bit…ordinary.) . SOOOOOOOO…
Stops and Activities I will Photograph on My Trip Around the World
(after I write my best-selling novel that becomes a movie, of course!)
- Eat Sushi in Japan
- Hiking in New Zealand
- Train Ride Through the Australian Outback
- Stay in the highest hotel room in Dubai
- Walking Tour in Jerusalem
- Kayak in the Grecian Mediterranean
- Oktoberfest Beer and Brats in Germany
- Hot Air Balloon Ride in France
- Visit Globe Theatre in London
- Tour Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
- Bike Trip Pub-Hop in Ireland
- Atlantis Waterpark in the Bahamas
I feel that for being a somewhat techie person, I have a relatively small online social footprint. I think since finishing college and starting work and family I haven’t prioritized keeping up an online presence. Here are the places online that I can think you might be able to find evidence that I exist.
Adobe Spark I created this for an online Adobe class I took this spring called “Creative Imaging for Educators”.
Facebook (note: I don’t use this much anymore, that baby in my profile pic is now 9! Sometimes it takes me 6 months to get back to people who message me via Facebook…)
Myspace (Whoops! Really dating myself here, but I had a myspace in the distant past. I tried to resurrect it for this assignment, but gave up after a few minutes fussing with logging in. No great loss since it was more outdated than my facebook page…). Google+ was another one that I began using, but never kept up with it, and it’s been abandoned now too. Twitter as well, until I needed it for this class.
Some places I work online that aren’t available for public viewing: Google Classroom, Google Drive, and whatever online platform the school district has chosen to use for grades and parent communication (currently Powerschool).
I also have a group of people that I play console games with online, but very little information about my activity there seems to be publicly available. I really enjoy online shopping via Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist, so I’d bet that there’s some info out there somewhere that can trace back my searching and buying history from these venues. Similarly, most of the media I consume now is online, via Netflix and Amazon Video.
Finally, I would say that I’m looking forward to establishing more of a presence online. I love to create media, like photography, videos, writing, and graphic design, but I rarely seem to publish it anywhere that others can see it. My immediate and extended family used to clamor to see pictures and videos of mine, but the publishing of that type of media always seems to get crowded out by the day-to-day life activities. I am hoping to use this site to facilitate getting some more of my creative work out there!
This is the way the world endsT.S. Eliot
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.