Work In Progress
(a.k.a. Transient Autobiographical Snippets)
I'll be in the back, and I don't need the help
I'm good here in the back
I'm good all by myself
I'm busy taking stock of all the things that I've forgot
And making mental notes of just exactly where I lost the plot
Still not fully recovered from a long ago burglary, below is my current TMBG album collection.
I enjoy making taglines for this wiki's main page and have tried to fit in my wiki references while respecting the general meter and structure of the original words. I hope you agree that most of the time I've done fairly well. Please visit my tagline list here.
I love birds and have been birding (or birdwatching, if you prefer) since 1990, the same year I discovered TMBG. I have a blog that I started in February 2013 called Lonely Birder. It features photographs and narratives of my birding adventures. In it you can find posts about my trip to Churchill, Manitoba to see Polar Bears in 2015 with my wife, our 2019 adventures in southwest England and Wales, and my 2019 trip to Bengaluru, India. As of 2023 the blog is still inactive. I haven't decided what to do with it, but blogging isn't really accomplishing what I want (I think).
I sometimes posted bonus or first-look material on my Tumblr page.
I'm also board member of the Florida Ornithological Society and I am on its Conservation Committee. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida IFAS extension offices in nearby counties.
Be an Ally
I advocate strongly for an inclusive work environment for my GSM (Gender and Sexual Minority) friends and co-workers both in the normal course of my work day on-site and at home, and as a member of my workplace's Pride employee group. They work hard at providing resources, contacts, and activities for GSM employees and supporting company policies that guarantee a safe, productive, and inclusive environment for all. Allied voices and action are necessary elements for the workplace and society at large to be diverse and accessible for everyone, as is knowing when to check and when to use your privilege.
I've accidentally started collecting rubber duckies. You can see most of them over on my Instagram feed @lonelybirder (along with links to some blog entries). Due to space limitations, my collection is split in two right now, with one half at my work office and the other at home. I rotate some ducks out of one location and into the other on occasion. I'm not sure why you had to know that, but now you do! I also keep one duck in my car on the dashboard, usually related to the current season or some significant event.
Some Other Bands
Besides TMBG, you can often find me rocking to anything from Motown to Prog Rock, Big Band to Thrash Metal, and many things in between. I've been a life-long Rush fan. At one point they were the only band besides TMBG for which I had every studio (and some live) album. I grew up listening to 80s Heavy Metal and Thrash which hold sway in my soul. I recently rediscovered Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just a few years before Tom's death. One of my more recent jams is the hard rocking Soraia, out of Philadelphia.