I was born in Chicago and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. In 2004 I moved north and spent around five years in San Francisco, and then in 2009 I moved to Portland, Oregon and bought a house. It looks like I’ll be here for a while.
Sarai and I were married in San Francisco in 2007. We currently live in SE Portland with two cats of exceptional beauty and charm.
I travel frequently, both within and outside of the US. I’ve been to around 25 countries on six continents, some more than once, and try to get out of the country at least once or twice every year. I also travel within the US a few times a year, usually getting down to LA two or three times as well as elsewhere. I’m a big fan of frequent flyer programs.
I love books, both fiction and nonfiction, and I read about a wide variety of topics. I am a little obsessed with religious symbolism and iconography. My politics do not fit in well with the two-party dichotomy in the US, and I probably don’t want to discuss it anyway.
My early career was in technology. I spent a handful of years in the early 2000s as a professional spammer hunter and have a respectable number of kills under my belt. I later worked in Linux system administration and web development (primarily Ruby on Rails), both as an employee and later as an independent consultant.
My current work is with Colette Media, a publishing company that Sarai and I founded in 2009. Originally working in print, we now publish a successful online magazine and membership site for home sewing enthusiasts.
For a few years I wrote a cocktail blog called Cocktailia and ran a popular annual educational cocktail and spirits event in Portland called Cocktail Camp. Both projects have been retired, but my love of whiskey and fine cocktails has not.