My “who I am and why I’m here” post:
Who I am –
A 46 year old guy, father of a ten-year old and husband of more than 20 years to an awesome woman.
I’m a registered engineering geologist in the states of Washington and Oregon. I had lived in Portland for 20 years, where I settled after graduating from college and riding a bicycle across the United States. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel some over the years, but have never been able to do as much as we’ve wanted. So a couple years ago, when life served up lemons, we decided to make lemonade and decided to be rid of the material baggage and set out to travel the globe. We had committed to at least a year abroad. During that first year, we traveled throughout Southeast Asia and Europe before finally settling into Central Mexico. Since then, we’ve established temporary residency in Mexico, where my son now attends school and we, the parents, are able to do freelance work. If we can manage, we plan to keep the adventure going as long as possible.
I am trying to blog for several reasons. I want to improve my writing. I want to improve my communication skills. I want to network with a world full of really interesting people. I want to because I feel like I should. And this is the weakest and stickiest point for me. I haven’t quite come to terms with what precisely I want to communicate via a blog and I’m hoping that using this Blogging Fundamentals will help me concentrate and focus on developing a better message.
My interests are all over the place. I’m a geologist and I am intensely interested in the Earth and Earth Science and the world around us. I’m interested in natural hazards and natural disasters – what they are, why they occur and what turns a hazard or risk into a disaster. I’m fascinated by Deep Geological Time and the philosophy of earth science and the exploration of the cosmos. I’m interested interested in anthropology, peoples and cultures – what we are, why we are, how we are, how we’ve changed and adapted through time…or not, and how we continue to do so through the present and into the future. I’m interested in Archaeology and the material record of what we were, why we were and how we were and how we’ve changed and adapted through time…or not. Finally, I love to explore the world. I love to do “big” travel – moving to other continents, visiting exotic locations, exploring the globe! But I also love to do “small” travel – I love to walk the neighborhood where I live, and explore the trails in the forests or jungles near by, or walk through the city at different times of day to understand and feel and appreciate how a city lives with the vibrancy of the people that inhabit it. I love to experience how a city changes from morning to noon to night, through the different seasons and holidays and festivals.
I’m constantly fascinated by the intersection of humanity with the natural world around us. I’m constantly bouncing around from digging deeper into cities and people and cultures to getting away from it all and going out into the “wilderness” and “nature” to leave all humanity behind. From each place, deep in the city or deep in the “wild” of nature (I put “wild” in quotes, for isn’t there a wildness that lurks in the heart of all cities?), I feel like I gaze on and gain a perspective of the other.
And amongst it all – I am a father to an amazing, talented, vivacious young boy, and a husband to an amazing, talented, vivacious woman – both of whom I relish with all my heart. If there is a way, I want to use this blog to talk some about fatherhood and husbandhood, as well as being a man in the modern world. I’d discuss what being a father and husband means to me, some of the things I’ve learned, some of the mistakes I’ve made, some of the ways I hope I’ve grown. And also some of the experiences of being “on the road” as a global traveler with a young child. How we’ve adapted to moving around and leaving behind so much. And maybe some of my observations about fathers and parents and families in the different cultures that we visit along the way.