The Preface of The Importance of Living begins with these lines:

This is a personal testimony, a testimony of my own experience of thought and life.  It is not intended to be objective and makes no claim to establish eternal truths.  

Same.  I’m just a guy on a journey, but I’m not exactly sure where I’m headed.  Here are a few facts about me that may be relevant to your reading:

  1. I’m 40 years old.  I didn’t feel all midlife crisis-y about turning 40, but it has forced me to take stock of my life.  What I’ve accomplished, what I haven’t done yet, what things I may never get to do.
  2. I’m married and marriages are complicated but I love my wife very much.  As we were worrying about the future not too long ago I asked my wife if we were okay, and she said: “Please, we’re like two different colors of Play-doh that have been smashed together.  You can’t take us apart now.” Which is one of my favorite things she’s ever said.
  3. I’m a massage therapist by trade, and I’ve been teaching massage full time for more than six years.  I’ve been in the profession for about ten years, and lately I’ve been questioning if I want to continue on in the field.  My career path is probably worth two or three posts on its own, so we’ll come back to that later.
  4. I’m 6’4” and mostly slim.  I don’t diet because, and I’m sorry paleo keto juice-cleanse freaks, but diets are for idiots.  I try to eat mostly good stuff, and if I eat too much bad stuff one day I eat a couple salads the next day.  If anything I try to follow the Blue Zones diet, which isn’t so much a diet as just an aggregate of food practices that make you live longer.  Lots of plants, very little meat, one or two drinks a night.
  5. I hate to exercise.  I do the least amount possible, which probably is just shy of enough.  I’ll get into this more later, too, but I basically do about ten minutes of strength training and walk as much as possible.  If I gain a few pounds I watch my diet a little closer and add in some runs. That’s it.
  6. I love to read but I don’t do it enough.
  7. I love to watch TV but I do it too much, even for one attempting to attain ultimate laziness.
  8. I love my dogs more than I love any of you.  Especially Beatrice (sorry Sasha and Cookie), who needs to be in my lap whenever I sit down, and that’s amazing.
  9. I wrote a novel which I will likely self-publish in the next few months.  It’s probably telling of my confidence level in my writing that I buried this at number 9.
  10. I’m pretty liberal in my politics but I can mostly understand the viewpoints of your average conservative.  But I really don’t want to get into that here.
  11. I live in Chicago, and I love it, but I can easily see us moving to a small town somewhere, too.
  12. Mel Brooks is my hero.
  13. I make the best nachos.
  14. I have two goddaughters (that I know of).  My niece, Ava, and our friend’s daughter, Zoe, who are both amazing, and who I don’t get to see enough.
  15. I have three tattoos.  My mother was very disappointed in all of them.
  16. Etc.

I’ll definitely spend time exploring pretty much all of those topics within the framework of this blog.  But if you plan on following along I just wanted you to know what you were getting in to. A tall, nerdy, liberal massage therapist looking to find a way to chill the frak out.


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