Stuff that Makes Me . . . Me.
What makes me . . . me? Well, on a serious note: I like kicking over rocks, exploring, learning, engaging people. I fear the obvious. I’m one who jumps into the deep end of the pool, where chaos and complexity reside. On a lighter note, see below.
Die-hard St Louis Cardinals fan.
Love the Cardinals and Baseball
Yeah, the Cubs just won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, but the Cardinals have won 11 of ’em — second most behind the Yankees. It’s killing me the Cards are so bad this year (a downward spiral I predicted long ago, just not this awful). By the way: The 2017 World Series Winner: Houston Astros.
Laura, Grace, and . . .
Cliche but True
Everything starts with my wife, Laura, an amazing woman who has put up with me for 25+ years. Grace, aka The Kid in the early days of social media, is the strongest, most determined person I know. After nightmarish high school years, she was graduated from college and became an ER nurse in a Houston hospital at 21. There’s the Houston Gang, the St. Louis Gang, friends in Florida . . .
Is always on.
What I'm Listening To
I listen to pretty much everything, except new country. Jazz is my first love, particularly Miles Davis. I’m infatuated with bands who bend the rules and create sound — The Bad Plus, Phronesis, Neil Cowley, GoGo Penguin, Dinosaur, Medeski, Martin & Wood, BADBADNOTGOOD. Then there’s Dylan, the 2016 Nobel Prize winner for literature, Neil Young, Radiohead, Tool, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beastie Boys, and on and on.
I’m a Born Again Yogi.
I have a bad back (old sports injuries) and dabbled in yoga for decades but never fully committed to it. Then, one day, enough was enough. I decided to stick with it — one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s physical prayer that I try to practice daily (thanks to YogaGlo).
CATHOLICISM & FAITH
Love the Mass.
Catholicism & Faith
Love Catholicism, love the Liturgy, love the Eucharist, love the Mass, love Pope Francis. I’m a proud Knight of Columbus. And I’m obsessed with what I call the Modern Day Catholic Mind, contributing to my faith, and helping those who practice it any way I can.
BEER & COFFEE
Yes, I’m a drink snob.
Craft Beer and Coffee
I started drinking “craft” beer long before there was a craft beer thing. My motto is: Never try the same beer twice unless it comes in a six pack. Breweries of the moment are: Noble Rey (Dallas), Jester King (Austin), Dogfish Head (up north somewhere), Back Pew (Porter, TX). As far as a good cup of coffee, the ONLY place to go is Re:defined Coffee House in Grapevine.
Everybody has them.
Hiking the Grand Canyon and Palo Duro Canyon. Riding my mountain bike on Grapevine’s trails. Riding the Hotter ‘n Hell on my road bike. Going to the beach (Perdido Key in Florida and Bradenton). Visiting the mountains. Going to Seattle. Binge-watching TV (let’s leave it at that).
I’m An Early Adopter.
Digital music and mp3s (remember the Rio?), digital cameras (started with a Kodak a 3.5-inch floppy!), the first iPhone (everybody said it would fail), sensor hacks for my tennis shoes. I’m a user, not a tech nerd, and I help as many people with technology as I can. Kevin Kelly and Neal Stephenson are the Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix of my tech world.