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I am a 37-year-old professional journalist who was born and bred in San Antonio. My journey into the Fourth Estate began in 1992 at San Antonio College, where I served for seemingly eons on the The Ranger, the campus rag. In 1997, I transferred to The University Formerly Known As Southwest Texas State, where I spent five semesters studying mass communications, experiencing the "traditional" campus life that I've missed out on, and enjoying hikes at every asthmatic's favorite exercise center -- the hill leading to the Old Main Building. (SWT students would understand.)
My accidental excursion into print journalism led me to a brief, financially-costly yet rather exciting tenure as editor and publisher of a local alternative monthly newsmagazine, San Antonio Scene. Now, I get real paychecks from a local company that publishes several area weekly and monthly newspapers. I dabble with poem and prose on the side when reality doesn't freak with my free time. And I have an appreciation for erotica.
I'm your typical nice, compassionate, honest, hard-working, open-minded dreamer. A practical progressive with a slightly self-deprecating sense of humor, but never mean-spirited. Pet peeves: bad drivers, perpetual cynics, ignorant, arrogant hypocrites and anyone whose lives revolve totally around reality shows and corporate radio. Props go to progressive-minded human beings who actually use their hearts and brains, and give a damn about world and mankind's lasting impact. You're my peeps! And those homosapiens aren't afraid to shed light on their geek/dork, eccentric side. Let's share debate everything and nothing, from existentialism and classical literature to why people sometimes cut the crust off their bread and the Chicago Cubs' perpetual struggle toward a World Series title. Gracias, amigos, for your attention.
Alas, all of my love is meant not just for my family, but my wonderful girlfriend. We've been through a bit the past few years, but grow stronger together with each passing day and look forward to a tremendous future.
Key places, words and tools true but respectful party-goers should always know: Sixth Street, Hand Grenade, Shiner Bock, Shot Specials, French Quarter, Hurricanes, Mardi Gras, AC/DC, It's My Birthday, It's My Bachelor (or Bachelorette) Party!, Shagadelic!, Happy Hour, Shaken Not Stirred, Your Place or Someone Else's?
Phrases to live by: Better late than never...Anything is possible...Push the button, Frank... Oh my God! They killed Kenny! You bastards!...Hey. Beer. Man...The truth is out there... Doh!...Happy, happy, joy, joy...All Lies Lead To The Truth...God bless White House interns!...Wassup!...For me to poop on...Bite me
Interests include: (boy, does this sound like a Playboy Playmate of the Month personal file or what? Not that I would personally know...) writing (duh), hiking, traveling, reading just about anything, sports collectibles, astronomy, almost any type of music, social activism, plain old partying (White Russians, Shiner Bock and sangria are among my vices; and a little 420 every now and then doesn't hurt), moviegoing, surfing the 'Net, sharing erotic stories, petting strange animals, smashing atoms, planting whoopie cushions in colleagues' chairs, and smuggling illegals across the border. Chill, folks. That last one is a joke...unofficially.
A few personal suggestions for musical enlightenment: The Beatles, Pearl Jam, U2, Madonna, Public Enemy, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, The Supremes, Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Billie Holliday, Mozart, Beethoven, R.E.M., 2Pac, Rage Against the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Texas Tornados, Sleater-Kinney, Two Tons of Steel, The Donnas, Prodigy, Outkast, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, The Raveonettes, Garbage, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Terri Hendrix, Girl in a Coma, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Vallejo, N.W.A., The White Stripes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, The Temptations, Robert Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, The Eyeliners, Cake, Hole, New Order, Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, Gorillaz, Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Dntel, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Metric, Nas, Kanye West, Asheru, Oakenfold, Moby, Fleet Foxes, Lupe Fiasco, Camera Obsura, Nancy Silva Project, Daft Punk, Ghostland Observatory, Foals, Matt and Kim, Belle and Sebastian, The Strokes, Leadbelly, Joy Division, The Clash, Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Ozomatli.
No specific favorites, although Schindler's List and Citizen Kane rank pretty high up there along with the Star Wars, Matrix and Lord of the Rings trilogies, Airplane!, Dr. Strangelove, Reservoir Dogs, The Evil Dead, Forbidden Planet, Metropolis, Night of the Living Dead, The Devil's Backbone and Rashomon and Field of Dreams. If you're not hip with Bachelor Party, Brazil or Strange Brew, then you're simply a heartless human being. But I can't quite shake constant thoughts of Police Academy 3, House Party 3 and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Those rocked, guys. My tastes for celluloid range from the arthouse sublime to the downright lowbrow. Keen sci-fi, horror, comedy and drama, please.
As for TV, stay away from reality television, kiddos. It's the devil's work. It'll warp your brains and weaken the resolve of our allies. Really. Want to be properly entertained? Then consider these visual feasts: The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, South Park, The Cleveland Show, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Doctor Who, Mind of Mencia, Futurama, Mythbusters, Squidbillies, True Blood, Dirty Jobs, Glee, Mad Men, The Boondocks, Torchwood, Aqua Teen Patrol Unit, Fringe, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., Saturday Night Live, Metalocalypse, Falling Skies, Sym-Bionic Titan, Superjail! Rest in peace, Lost, 24, Chappelle's Show, Star Trek, MST3K, Sledge Hammer, Police Squad, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Ren & Stimpy, Danger Mouse, Monty Python, Battlestar Galactica, Jericho, Pushing Daisies, Minoriteam, Cheers, The Muppet Show, Wild Wild West, Twilight Zone, Firefly, Andy Richter, Greg the Bunny, Soap, Kids in the Hall, The 4,400, Charles in Charge, Moral Orel, Everybody Hates Chris, Cheap Seats, Rosa Salvaje, Sealab 2021. We hardly knew ye. And any live severe weather coverage on the Weather Channel and Dick Vitale going cardiac on SportsCenter are pretty solid TV, too. Disagree? Then you might as well be unAmerican and with the terrorists ;-P
Me, of course. Then there's mi madre(RIP), the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Steve Jobs, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandhi, David Robinson, Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, the genius behind the ESPN SportsCenter commercials, my mother, anyone who has the guts to try to sneak into Area 51 (we all know what they're REALLY hiding in there), and Rev. Michael Wood, my high school theology teacher, who wasn't your grandfather's theology teacher. In other words, really cool, brave, smart homosapiens.
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