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One Beer from Barbarism

9 November
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(This section has been in need of an overhaul for ages. Let the editing commence! 02/09)

I'm a thirty-something single guy with a background in theatre, vocal music, and goofing off in front of the computer. I'm a very rusty drummer, a proud geek, and I try to put pen to paper often enough to justify calling myself a writer.

(Seriously. Pre-iPhone, my Twitter feed was almost entirely haiku.)

I've bounced around a lot over the years. If I miss a cultural reference from the 80's, it's because I spent most of them in Australia. I still play Cricket better than Baseball, and Footy better than Gridiron. Stateside, I've lived in New Mexico and Texas, and seen most of Louisiana from the passenger seat of the 30' panel truck that hauled sets for a children's theatre tour. The bulk of my time was split between Southern California and all over Upstate New York. I spent a year working for The Mouse in Tokyo, and I was in lower Manhattan (where I was slathering myself blue on a regular basis) on 9/11.

In addition to drumming while blue, I've played in pep bands, pipe bands, marching bands, and garage bands. Lately I've spent the most time playing djembe in drum circles. The Drunkernauts user icon dates from a brief foray not long ago into nerdcore, a genre we were striving hard to redefine.

I'm lucky enough to still be doing the actor thing in Southern California. To supplement that, I spend quite a bit of time at das Maushaus, most recently in red stripes singing Barbershop tunes, or in green plastic shouting "Hoo-ah!" (with apologies to the inimitable R. Lee Ermey). While there, for the past few years I've taken part in the Annual Canoe Races. Posts about Canoes usually show up in late summer.

I've been associated with Mixed Company's Tis the Season Handbell Carolers since '99, (christmascaroling.com) so you can expect plenty of content about Christmas Caroling from September to New Year's.

I've been a gamer geek since 1980, when I first wrote STR INT WIS DEX CON CHA in a column on the upper left side of my character sheet. I don't have time to play as many tabletop RPG's as I'd like these days, but I still manage to LARP occasionally. I'll try to warn the non-geeks when there are game posts afoot. Non-analog, my gaming leans towards FPS, RTS, and RPGs and is purely PC based. I haven't owned a console system since SNES. I gave up MMORPGs when I realized I could not recall the scent of a freshly cut lawn, or the warmth of the sun on my face. Let's face it, it's just plain easier to log out of a Steam account.

If you're really curious and/or masochistic, you could take a gander at my old Net-Night Bio Page, last updated in '00. It is probably only of interest to PC gamers. (And perhaps only marginally funny, even to them.) I won't be offended in the slightest if you cheerfully ignore the link.

(However, if you really want to see pics of me in my natural habitat, you should follow it and scroll all the way down.)

My geekiness is not restricted to gaming. I read my first Poe anthology in the 4th grade. I was always Bones when my 5th grade class played Star Trek at recess and lunch. I waited in a line around the block with my Dad to see Star Wars, stayed up way too late all through Jr. High and High School reading as much Science Fiction and Fantasy as I could get my hands on, and directed a few of my Senior Class fellows in a staged adaptation of a Star Trek satire from a back issue of Mad Magazine (which I still have in a box somewhere). My Starbuck and Cylon action figures are still propped up next to my bright red Lego Recognizer (I spent an entire school trip sneaking off to play Disks of Tron). I learned to program on an Apple II. I skipped class to see exhibits of Picasso, Escher, and Dali (never let school get in the way of your education), performed Guitarzan at the lip-sync competition, and I played the typewriter in Satie's Parade. Oh, and I scoured countless bookstores throughout elementary school looking for the one blue spined Hardy Boys book that was missing from my sequence.

Also, I've had my own Pith Helmet since 1986.

I hope that helps establish a wee bit o' geek cred.

Since accquiring an iPhone, I've become much more active, and interactive, on Twitter. I managed to shut down the Twitter feed to my LJ, and everyone is very happy about that. (Occasional haiku was one thing, daily tallies of sock drawers rearranged was quite another).

I'm on Facebook, but I'll probably only add you if we've met in RL.

My MySpace, tribe, and Friendster pages are rusting into obscurity, and I haven't checked OKCupid in forever. (I'm happily and contentedly taken.) But there may be pictures languishing there yet which you'll not find elsewhere.

Despite my best intentions, I haven't updated deviantArt in ages, either.

If you see someone commenting on another blog with this TypeKey (TypePad) account, that's me as well.

One of these days, I'll organize the memories and tags here so that they make sense, and perhaps put up a list of things you should read first. For now though, this should be enough to get you started.



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