Socially Distant, E1: Living in Rockford

Socially Distant, E1: Living in Rockford

In December of 2000, I moved to Rockford, Illinois and for the next five and half years I thought about leaving.  Almost daily.  Eventually, I did, but not before I had a handful of experiences that affected me in different ways.  Here I briefly share some of them.  While I appreciate the lessons and friendships, […]

Goals remain, despite these difficult times

Goals remain, despite these difficult times

My plan to hike more has turned into a monthly routine with four consecutive visits to Prison Hill Recreation Area, which is several miles from our cottage.  It’s the perfect place to go as you wait for the snow to melt that’s higher up in the Sierras.  Last Saturday, I set a new personal record […]

A Sunset

A Sunset

Eight years ago when I accepted a teaching position in western Arizona, little did I know just how much I would fall in love with the Mohave Desert.  Hands down, it’s the most captivating place that I have ever lived or visited.  One evening in early November I drove home from work under the most […]

A Toad

A Toad

I abruptly moved to Houston, Texas in late 2013 after accepting a teaching position that required me to start in January.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t done much research on the rental market (lesson learned) and took the first unit that I could find.  Total mistake.  I moved into a complex of drug dealers, a creepy drug […]

X: Straight Edge and Radical Sobriety

X: Straight Edge and Radical Sobriety

“Simply being straight edge doesn’t make you better than anyone else, especially if you embrace and perpetuate a lot of the fucked-up aspects of mainstream culture.” –Eva Hall, p. 28 Gabriel Kuhn has done it again.  Nearly a decade after his initial effort to capture the political elements associated with straight edge, he offers us […]

My hikes in 2019

My hikes in 2019

Hiking is a restorative exercise.  You disconnect from society and reconnect with nature and yourself.  I meant what I said when I told people that I would do more of it once I relocated to this part of the country.  Last year, I made time to explore a couple of different trails in the Sierras.  […]

As consumers, our choices have implications

As consumers, our choices have implications

To some, spending money in a store is akin to casting a ballot in an election.  While this is an imperfect analogy, I’ve come to appreciate it.  Undoubtedly, we send companies a message every time we open our wallets to them in the marketplace.  We monetarily reinforce the multiple components of their business model – […]

Thank you, Good Riddance

Thank you, Good Riddance

Good Riddance is a band that matured without abandoning their sound, consciousness, or intensity.  That’s really hard to do in music – especially punk.  As many of us age, a separation between our past and present develops that some rationalize as simply part of an inevitable growth process.  Too often, devolution is masked as evolution.  […]

C-Hill in Carson City

C-Hill in Carson City

One of the many benefits of living in Carson City is that we’re situated just immediately to the east of the Sierra Nevada, which means that we’re living a short distance from a handful of trails that beg to be hiked.  Earlier today, I ventured into the foothills that you can see from my driveway.  […]

Alone, yet never lonely, at Great Basin National Park

Alone, yet never lonely, at Great Basin National Park

“So, as the walls close in…regress or overcome…” -Good Riddance In need of a late summer distraction as the next academic year approaches, I planned a solo road trip to explore eastern Nevada.  While I love my career and always look forward to meeting new students, there’s a certain melancholy that accompanies the end of […]

FALL 2019: Introduction to Political Theory

FALL 2019: Introduction to Political Theory

Teachers know the feeling all too well: the natural buzz of summer crashes when fall preparation must begin.  Yes, the August crash is inevitable.  Now, I still have three weeks of break left, but I’m a planner who doesn’t like to leave work until the last minute.  While it might sound strange, I always look […]

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

Inexplicably, I’m drawn to the terrain in Kit Carson Country, which is about a hour southwest of Carson City across the state line in California.  So, I chose to explore Thunder Mountain on the edge of the backcountry.  The trail is 8.4 miles round trip, i.e. out and back, with 1775 feet of elevation gain.  […]

Down into the valley we go…

Down into the valley we go…

Why did Yousefi and I move to Carson City?  The answer is simple: housing options.  After deciding that we needed a better place to live this past spring, I researched the available properties on the South Shore.  Let’s just say that there isn’t much for working professionals to choose from.  Many of the apartments and […]

The Exploited are playing?  You bet I’ll be there.

The Exploited are playing? You bet I’ll be there.

Honestly, I can’t remember the first time I ever heard The Exploited.  Late teens?  Since then, they’ve been one of my favorite old school punk bands along with others acts like Chaos U.K. and G.B.H. The combination of politics, anger, and hooks in their music has long appealed to me, especially when you grow up […]

New goals to accompany a new life

New goals to accompany a new life

How do I like to decompress from two busy quarters of writing presentation slides and reading numerous excepts for my classes at the college?  Drive down to Las Vegas to meet up with my friend Joelle and then hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (click here to see the Visitor Guide and here […]