About the author

I am the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent can be found at LosingMyReligions.net. Currently, I am President of One Step for Animals; previously, I was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before my unfortunate encounter with activism, I was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). My hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. I live in Tucson with my soulmate and reluctant editor Anne, along with the occasional snake and scorpion.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

I take the Colbert Questionairt

• What is the best sandwich? 

I grew up loving Reubens, fully prepared (both grilled and baked). In 1997 (when Tiger Woods was winning his first Masters), we were in upstate New York. There was a place in Ithaca that made the best vegan Reubens, OMG. I got like five to go when we left.

And to anyone who puts tempeh on a sandwich they call a "reuben," I'll see you in Hell!

• What is the one thing that you own that you should really throw out? 

If it was up to Anne, these pants.

Anne is the least sentimental person I know. She is constantly looking to get rid of stuff. If we haven't used something in a year, it is out the door! But for years, I've worn these pants every day it is under 80 and they're just now getting good.

• What is the scariest animal?

'iders. 
<shudder>.

• Apples or oranges?

Of course apples. You can spread peanut butter on them!

• Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?

Wynton Marsalis in 1985 (below). He signed the insert that came with the roll of film I was using. I kept it in my wallet for years.

Me and Wynton

• What do you think happens when we die?

Hopefully someone remembers us for a bit and doesn't judge us too harshly for our mistakes.

• What is your favorite action movie?

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

• Window or aisle?

Aisle for my knees. However, I love the view, so if I'm with Anne on a 767 or at the back of a 777 or 747, we will switch back and forth.

747, the most beautiful commercial plane.

• What is your favorite smell?

Fresh pine at the holidays. Hot sesame oil. Tater tots!

• What is your least-favorite smell?

The aftermath of a double-barreled Crohn's attack.

• Exercise: Is it worth it?

Yes, when I can. Makes everything else in life better.

As someone who has experienced significant health setbacks and problems, I have a great appreciation for having the ability to exercise, to try to get stronger and more fit every chance I get.

• Flat or sparkling? 

Sparkling (if it weren't more expensive).

• What is the most-used app on your phone?

Outlook (email). Then Balance for a guided meditation every day.

• You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life: What is it? 

Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

I thought about a longer song (e.g., The Beatles A Day in the Life) or even a classical piece (e.g., Shostakovich's 4th, 5th, or 7th), but nothing brings me happiness like Everybody....

• What number am I thinking of? 

42.  

• Describe the rest of your life in five words.

Hopefully not painful or short.
This is the very end of my life.


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