A Little Background



A Lit­tle Back­ground


When re­quired to post a bio on the In­ter­net, I usu­ally go with this: "Virgo who doesn't be­lieve in brief bios on the In­ter­net likes long walks at night in the city in the rain with an um­brella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig." While this works for most read­ers, oth­ers want a wee bit more back­ground.

Rather than re­gale you with tales of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer and the jobs I have held (more than I can re­mem­ber) or the ex­tra­or­di­nary women I have known and loved (ditto), I'm just go­ing to list things that I am pas­sion­ate about.

So, read on!


Jen­nifer Gar­ner as the up­tight, con­niv­ing, con­ser­v­a­tive (in the worst sense of the word) but tal­ented but­ter sculp­tor in the 2011 movie But­ter. This is a movie so few peo­ple have seen that those of us who have, of­ten think we're the only per­son in the coun­try who did! Shame, as it's a good movie.


a few of my fav­er­avest things

Fa­vorite sin­gle
Elvis Pres­ley, Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel (1956)

Fa­vorite al­bum
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966) 1

Fa­vorite fe­male singer
Petula Clark

Fa­vorite male singer
Elvis Pres­ley

Fa­vorite group (tie)
Bea­t­les (1961−1969)

Beach Boys (1962−1972)
Rolling Stones (1963−1971)
Kinks (1964−1971)
Byrds (1965−1967)

Fa­vorite novel (tie)
James Clavell, Tai-Pan (1966)
James Clavell, Shogun (1975)

Fa­vorite science-fiction au­thor (tie)
Poul An­der­son

Phillip Dick
Har­lan El­li­son
Anne Mc­Caf­frey
Nor­man Spin­rad

Fa­vorite poem
Tris­tan Tzara, Ap­prox­i­mate Man 2

Fa­vorite old movie (tie)
King Kong (1933)
The Scar­let Pim­per­nel (1934)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (1937)

Fa­vorite re­cent movie (tie)
A Clock­work Or­ange (1971)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Love Ac­tu­ally

Fa­vorite ac­tor (tie)
Cary Grant
Kevin Cost­ner

Fa­vorite ac­tress (tie)
Irene Dunne
Jen­nifer Gar­ner
Marisa Tomei

Fa­vorite movie di­rec­tor (tie)
Woody Allen
Clint East­wood

Fa­vorite car­toon char­ac­ter
Bugs Bunny

Fa­vorite tele­vi­sion se­ries (tie)
Star Trek (1966−1968)

North­ern Ex­po­sure (1990−1995)
Friends (1994−2004)
Fire­fly (2002−2003) 3

Fa­vorite cos­tumed hero (tie)
The Fan­tas­tic Four (Jack Kirby and Stan Lee)
Spi­der­man (Steve Ditko and Stan Lee)

Fa­vorite cos­tume­less hero (tie)
The Spirit (Will Eis­ner)
Pip­squeak (Wally Wood)

Fa­vorite above­ground comic books artists (tie)
Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby
Wally Wood

Fa­vorite un­der­ground comic artist (tie)
R. Crumb
Fred Schrier

Fa­vorite psy­che­delic poster artist
Rick Grif­fin

Fa­vorite mixed drink
Tan­queray mar­tini, stirred not shaken, straight up, with one olive squeezed into the drink then tossed over my left shoul­der. 4

Fa­vorite un­mixed drink
10-year-old Laphroaig

Fa­vorite mind-manifesting drug
Ly­ser­gic acid di­ethy­lamide

Fa­vorite par­tic­i­pa­tory sport (tie)

Fa­vorite spec­ta­tor sport (tie)

Fa­vorite base­ball team
Philadel­phia Phillie

Fa­vorite base­ball player
Pete Rose 5

Fa­vorite ice cream
Tillam­ook Vanilla Bean

Fa­vorite quo­ta­tion
"It ain't what you know that gets you into trou­ble — it's what you know that just ain't so!" (Josh Billings)


This art was done by Wally Wood for the cover of the 1979 edi­tion of Robert Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide. It is an homage to the work that Wood did for the leg­endary EC comic books Weird Sci­ence and Weird Fan­tasy in the early '50s.


a few in­ti­mate de­tails

I am in a long-term, com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship with a woman who hates see­ing her name on the In­ter­net. 6

Foot­notes on my blog posts. 7

I am a renowned pizza snob who be­lieves that Old Forge, Penn­syl­va­nia, is the Pizza Capi­tol of the World. I would rather eat frozen pizza than the stuff that most places bake out here in the Pa­cific North­west.

Mis­cel­la­neous love

Mis­cel­la­neous hate
F*cking bul­lies 8



1   But there are a num­ber of al­bums that could be con­sid­ered a close sec­ond. This in­cludes but is cer­tainly not lim­ited to Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde (1966), the Byrds' Younger Than Yes­ter­day (1967), The Band's Mu­sic From Big Pink and the Rolling Stones' Beg­gars Ban­quet (1968), From Elvis In Mem­phis (1969), the Kinks' Arthur (1969), and the Beach Boys' Sun­flower (1970).

2   The Mary Ann Caws trans­la­tion of 1973.

3   I could name so many more: Ally McBeal, The Good Wife, Boston Le­gal, M.A.S.H, Next Gen­er­a­tion, Weeds, Shame­less, etc.

4   That's a mar­tini made the old-fashioned way: four-parts-gin-to-one-part-vermouth, not the mod­ern 20-1 mix.

5   Be­cause as a Phillies fan I credit Rose with their first World Cham­pi­onship in 1980 to Rose.

6   I would love to re­gale you with tales of my con­quests, my loves, my losses — but that same Internet-fearing woman would have what's left of my balls pick­led in a jar on the man­tle if I did.

7   Like these.

8   All bul­lies: phys­i­cal, emo­tional, in­tel­lec­tual, spir­i­tual, and in this coun­try, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nom­i­cal bul­lies.