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I’m never pleased with the ways I describe myself, so I’ll keep this rather brief.

I’m a 22-year-old white American of (obviously) European descent, largely German, who does not work, go to school, or take part in the perpetuation of modern society in any meaningful way.  You could say I’m a mooch, a slacker, a freeloader, a bum, and most of these epithets would probably have some truth to them.  I don’t have any career goals other than avoiding starvation, and I don’t have any clear vision of where my future will go.  I’m supposed to be thinking about that stuff, and while I do, I’m not really coming up with much.  I live with my family and carry on an existence I’m not all that proud of or happy with.

However, I do feel that I can take care of myself.  I’m a rather intelligent guy and I know how to do a number of things well (or in some cases adequately).  Not only am I a “goto guy” when people I know have computer issues (or issues with many other little electronic gadgets), but a lot of people also see me as something of a woodsman.  I’ve been told by three or more people that “when the zombie apocalypse comes” or that “when the world ends,” I’ll be the first person they look for.  Usually their beliefs about what I can do are greatly overstated.  I do enjoy sitting by a small fire in the middle of nowhere, though.  I’m confident in my abilities to do many things; therefore, I’m not afraid of many things.  I can figure things out and I can improvise.  I’m not dumb and I’m not useless.

I like a good conversation with a good topic with calm and reasonable people, because I’m calm and reasonable, and I spend too much time just thinking.  These conversations are few and far between, but I cherish them.  I don’t get the feeling that I am what most people would consider to be a “fun” person, since I have few friends and the ones I do have rarely seek my company, but I do feel that I have something to offer when it comes to interacting with people.  Even so, I don’t think it’s unlikely that I’ll become a tramp or a hermit.  I spend most of my time reading books, riding my bike, and walking around in the woods.

And finally, just like you, I’m going to die someday.

Why I Have a Blog

I have a blog because I can and I do.  At some time a few years ago I got this crazy idea that I wanted to write.  I didn’t know if that meant I wanted to be a writer or if I just wanted to express my ideas to somebody.  For a little while I did think, Hey, maybe I should try to get paid for writing.  That thought had a place in my mind for a little while, but then it didn’t.  I don’t want to be “a writer” because I don’t want to be anything—I don’t want to be defined by a career, a way of making money, or by any specific ideas.  I’ve decided I just want to be (most of the time, at least). I keep the blog because sometimes I need to clarify something for myself and I find writing to be a helpful way of doing this.  I also like the occasional comment, and I like discussion.  I don’t get many comments and good discussions are few and far between (see above), so I guess I keep the blog up for myself more than for any specific reason.

If you’ve liked reading anything I put up, here are a handful of posts that I think you should read.  I think these will give you an idea of what’s going on here.  (This list will change occasionally.)

A final, not-really-necessary note: When I post links to news pieces, websites, other blog posts, articles, or whatever, I leave them until the end of the post and denote where they belong by adding a number within the post.  Footnotes, I guess.  I find this to be preferable to the in-post link style personally because I don’t like clicking to (sometimes) several different pages while I’m reading something, and then going back to the original post only to find myself (sometimes) mid-sentence, and perhaps not even very interested in what I was reading anymore.  I find that most of the time I open up each link in a new tab and read them all at the end anyway, so why not just leave them until the end?


Want to leave a comment about nothing in particular, or about me personally?  Want to flame or troll me?  Go ahead!

You can also shoot me a private email if you want.  That’s fine.

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