Hello and welcome to my profile. Beside telling you that I like to laugh, I'll share some particulars from my fascinating life.
I love funky music. I sing funk and soul. Some of my favourites are Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Bobby Brown, D'Angelo and Isaac Hayes. I've sung in music groups all my life. I also play funk and jazz guitar. I hope some day to be at a level where I'm playing and performing regularly. I also play a bit of percussion; I love Afro-Cuban music, and I think my next big trip will probably be to Cuba.
I teach reading and writing to kids at a language school in Richmond. I've worked with kids for a long time, and generally find it fun and rewarding. The kids I work with at the moment are pushed pretty hard by their parents, so besides helping them with their English I try to give them a chance to relax and have fun.
In the past year I've given a bunch of guest lectures for a friend's class at UBC, usually about Middle East politics, Islamic civilization, racism, etc etc. That's been fun - it's great to cut through subjects that are confusing to people and to introduce them to new ideas.
Besides music I have lots of other creative interests besides music. I've always loved acting, especially in comedy. I've been writing some comedy scripts recently, which has been lots of fun; maybe at same point I'll try doing some stand-up. I've been making films on and off over the years on a variety of different topics - original scripts, documentaries, experimentals, etc. I love film, especially foreign movies. I generally find Hollywood movies to be pretty long on effects and noise and short on substance or imagination. At the moment I've been watching a lot of Chaplin movies - I really like his humour, which is very imaginative and human. I hate anything that is mean-spirited or exploitative.
When I was in junior high at a Jewish day school in toronto, I won a National Bible Trivia Contest. I ended up going to Israel to represent Canada in the internationals, which are quite a big deal over there. That was my first big trip by myself. Because my goal had been to get to Israel I didn't bother to study once I was there, just hung out with the kids from Latin America, who knew how to have a good time. i learned a lot about the country, as well as a fair bit of spanish, and about bossa nova and the Grateful Dead, neither of which i'd heard before. the song "Uncle John's Band" still makes me think of that trip, and i remember the scent of orange blossoms which i smelt waking up on my first morning in the country.
i started college at a tiny liberal arts school in Santa Fe, new mexico, a school with a set curriculum based on the great books of the west. among other things, we learned a history of western mathematics, ancient greek, the history of science, the development of western music, and so on. none of it was practical in the sense of helping me get a job later on, but it was a great intellectual foundation for the learning i did afterwards. among the highlights of my time there was mud-wrestling a friend of mine at a party. this friend was from the louisiana bayou and was the former high school weight-lifting champion of the united states; the match entailed my getting picked up in the air like a toothpick, body slammed, and then suffocated in the mud. I decided i couldn't go out like that, so I got up and he did it to me a second time.
i've always gravitated towards basketball rather than hockey. hockey is a great sport, but it isn't my sport. i like to play and watch basketball. i don't have a favourite team, but some of my favourite players are kobe - he's a douche, but the best player on the planet - amare stoudamire, chauncey billups, allen iverson, and lots of other people i can't remember at the moment. in general, though, i'm not a big fan of watching sports. i'd rather be doing something myself.
I like to fix things. i like repairing stuff around the house, doing renovations, etc etc. one of the best movies i've seen recently was this documentary about a guy named****Proenneke, a 50-year old man who moved to the alaska wilderness, built a log cabin and lived on his own for 20 years. the film is all him making things out of wood, hunting, growing food and so on; watching him rip planks and build everything with his hands got me breathing heavy. i have a friend who is kind of similar - once we made a canoe out of plywood and epoxy resin and took it to shoot rapids and out into the bay of fundy in new brunswick.
My mother taught a lot of things, one of which was how to cook. I've been cooking all my life, mostly Jewish, Indian, Italian and chinese food. My nanny was from Jamaica she introduced me to ackee, oxtail, curry goat and Anansee stories. if i do go to cuba, the other half of the trip will be to jamaica to visit her family in the countryside near montego bay, something i've always wanted to do.
I'm happiest and most at peace when I'm around good people, kids, animals, plants and water. i spent some time in colombia, on a farm near the jungle, where there were kids, dogs, horses, and hundreds of fruit trees. i would lie in the hammock with my girlfriend, play my guitar and watch the rain bucketing down, while the kids and the dogs would run around and around us in circles. we would pick oranges for breakfast and try a new fruit every day - there are hundreds in south america that i'd never heard of - think of trying a new flavour you've never even imagined. afterwards we'd take the kids and the dogs swimming in the river in the jungle. then we'd take one of the horses to get shoes, milk the cows, or whatever. that's the kind of place i'd like to end up in and raise a family.
Well, I gotta go. I hope this miscellany has told you a bit about me. If you're a nice person with creativity, curiosity and a taste for adventure, drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.