Bio

Writing a “Bio” is hard. There are websites on how to do it. But, I’ve decided to tell you what I’ve done in my life. I have…

  • memories of the 1980s.
  • lived enough to have a bio.
  • been in school most of my life, earned a PhD, even though my high school teachers suggested technical school.
  • paid taxes in seven states: IN, TX, LA, WI, OH, CA, MI, and visited 28 more.
  • spent equal time in the south, midwest, and the California coast.
  • climbed a mountain 55 people have died trying.
  • witnessed a tree fall in a national forest.
  • drank glacier water while standing on one.
  • played pitch-and-toss with my dad in more states than I can count. 
  • caught a homerun in the “basket” of Wrigley Field while my dad watched from a nachos stand.
  • pinned and opponent (in wrestling) in 28 seconds.
  • owned a baseball card worth more than $100.
  • worn a bracelet for 15 years.
  • bandaged a gunshot victim.
  • been to places in Juarez, Mexico police don’t go.
  • drank the water in Mexico and paid the price—again, and again…and again.
  • worked 70 hours/week during a summer to pay for my education.
  • been stopped by Storm Troopers in Disneyland.
  • bought a Christmas tree in flip-flops.
  • seen dolphins while playing Yahtzee.
  • seen several Humback, Grey, and Orca whales in the wild.
  • avoided beaches so I would not see a Great White.
  • been accustomed to seeing palm trees.
  • signed marriage papers.
  • signed divorce papers.
  • smoked a cigar with a monk, and drank scotch with a Harvard scholar.
  • taught over 40 college classes.
  • won two teaching awards and was nominated for a third.
  • had a student complain to a Dean of my imperfections. I was forced to email an apology. The same student later plagiarized his his/her entire paper.  (S)he was forced to email me an apology.
  • had students come to class in swimwear, and once a student brought a surfboard. Yes, he was blonde.
  • learned more from students than some professors.
  • wished for the happiness of someone whom required my absence to find it.
  • to disagree with the lyrics “if you want to be happy for the rest of your life//never make a pretty woman your wife.”
  • been suffering from a chronic illness that I’ve learned to control.
  • yet to complete the rest of my life.