I’m just a typical guy (okay, maybe not all that typical) who loves performing, directing, playwriting, and just about everything regarding theatre (yes, I used “re” instead of “er” – deal with it). I’ve done a little professional work (I was a featured extra on Detroit 187 and an extra in a couple other movies as well), but mostly it’s been for fun on the community theatre stage.
I used to ride roller coasters for a hobby, but I have slowed down in recent months since my heart attack, which I didn’t know I had until well after the fact due in part to my Crohn’s disease (long story that I tell here). In fact, I’ve been to 70 amusement parks in 25 United States and 1 Canadian province – including 5 of the oldest parks in America. I’ve also ridden at least 300 coasters when I last counted including 4 of the 5 oldest coasters still operating in North America. My favorite coaster is the Millennium Force at Cedar Point and my least favorite – a true terror – was the Tornado at Williams Grove in Pennsylvania (now thankfully gone).
I’m an avid traveler within the United States and Canada and have visited 49 of the 50 states (I’m coming for you Alaska) and 3 Canadian provinces. I have dreams of making trips abroad with Egypt scheduled for the Fall of 2021 (COVID willing). I like the great outdoors – even when it doesn’t like me (while climbing hills or mountains) but haven’t gotten out camping in a long while. I do have an affinity for historic and natural sites though. I’ve visited almost half of America’s National Parks (29 of the 63) and many national lakeshores, seashores, monuments, battlefields, heritage trails, and so on and so forth. I’ve visited more than my share of “tourist traps,” too!
I have also struggled privately and publicly with weight and body images all my life resulting in an interest in fitness and nutrition. I say I’m a fitness wannabe. With a lot of talk and only a little action – but I’ve gotten further than I ever thought I might, even if my shirt sleeves are still a little loose for my liking.
I have Crohn’s Disease and it has shaped and defined my life in ways that I’m not completely sure about. I refuse to let it control my life though that’s difficult sometimes. I had a stoma for a short time which has been reversed and I live life with a shortened intestinal track. It was not an ideal situation, but not as bad as I thought it would be and better than the alternative (which was a quick, painful death by infection). That would not have been a pleasant way to go.
I’m a higher ed auxiliary services professional by trade and a past president of NACAS (historically known as the National Association of College Auxiliary Services) an international association that works with auxiliary and ancillary service professionals to enrich the campus experience every day. Okay, I’ll explain, we provide food, books, residence halls and other so-called “non-academic” services to colleges and universities.
I’m writing here about these struggles, successes, and the road ahead as I journey ever onward. I hope you enjoy.
P.S. – did I mention Sasquatch?