Greetings, potential Reunion comrades! After 15 years of developing a slow burning hatred for Sallie Mae, traveling the globe, living in locales as varied as Paris, San Francisco, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and New York City, developing a career that has absolutely nothing to do with either of my majors at Mac, becoming intimately familiar with poverty, competing all over the world in various swimming events, nurturing a somewhat misanthropic favoritism of animals over people by caring for many roommates’ pets, as well as for my own, periodically performing in cabaret, musicals, and at community events, sometimes as a boy, at other times as MissCreation, tackling a dizzying array of mostly unrelated jobs including acting, modeling, waiting tables in bad restaurants, waiting tables in good restaurants, print media sales, advertising exec., data entry for a phone company, informal swim coach, lifeguard, two whole days as a door-to-door "activist," and occasional singing gigs, I finally came to the conclusion that I would like to be a professional tennis player.
A good chunk of my spare time has been spent competing in tennis tournaments on the GLTA tour, as well as locally, for the past four-and-a-half years. I started from scratch, and have developed quite a nice game, winning several tournaments and events over the past two years, and moving up to the Advanced Intermediate level. Basically, I'm going to keep trying to improve, and in an attempt at grotesque irony, aim to go pro by the time I'm 40. Perhaps not the most realistic goal, given the age of your average tennis pro, but it's fun to dream.
I have lived ambitiously beyond my means, managing to eke out for myself some truly amazing experiences over the years, highlighted by living and working in Paris, recording music, participating in an amazing bike tour of Provence, competing in swimming at Gay Games V in Amsterdam, Gay Games VI in Sydney, and competing in tennis at Gay Games VII in Chicago (where I got to hang out with the wonderful Sarah Gray), performing the lead role in "La Cage Aux Folles" at Bisbee Repertory Theatre, with my dad playing bass guitar, becoming a rabid restaurant aficionado in San Francisco, competing in the Alcatraz Swim with high school friend Cheryl, meeting my biological brother, sister and aunt, and spending time with them, traveling all over the US, Canada, and Europe for tennis tournaments, winning my first GLTA one in Provincetown last year, attending a sick amount of Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway shows, indulging in my favorite show Wicked an immodest 17 times, and adopting my first cat Oscar in 1997, and my two current babies, Edgar and Elphie, who are also siblings.
Currently, I have just finished work-shopping three more songs for my one-man cabaret show, am training in the pool, swimming three miles five times a week, serving as editor for Networks (my local club's monthly tennis newsletter), and preparing for my summer tennis tournaments.
My Mac Memories:
- Watching my hair freeze after swim practice en route to Kagin.
- Weekly dinners at the French House, failing miserably as a chef.
- Taking crazy photos with Sonya, including ridiculous outdoor shots of me in my underwear, with snow in the background.
- The dance party in the Theatre Department’s Black Box on the night of the Halloween Blizzard.
- Just about every dance party, especially Doty Basement ones.
- My insane wardrobe, particularly on Springfest days, and actively rebelling against the Baltic weather with my clothing choices.
- The Theatre Department BBQ and group vogue-ing session, frosh year.
- Eschewing studies with fierce games of Hearts in the Student Union.
- Eventually getting fired from every work-study job I ever had.
- Dancing with hotties at the Strip and Go Naked parties.
- Escaping to Minneapolis to sneak into clubs.
- Living off campus with Jocie senior year.
- Swimming with Sarah Smith to help her train for Nationals.
- Making stale cereal into a major food group.
- Bringing my stupid briefcase to graduation.