Born in the 60's. Raised in the 70's. Let loose in the 80's. Worked as a Nomad through the '80s, '90s, and '00s . Settled in Denmark with my wife in 2008. We've since added a cat (now two) and 12 chickens. We live the hermit life in the countryside outside Copenhagen, Denmark.
I grew up in the US in New Jersey, though we moved around a lot. I lived all over the US until I came to Europe in 1998 at the age of 32. I had a backpack and two trunks of 'important' stuff, no prospects, and limited funds.
I lived in the Netherlands as an illiterate illegal immigrant - though it turns out I didn't have to be an illegal after all. I worked 16 hour days in a restaurant and lived in the rafters for a winter. I decided I'd rather be in the UK. At least I spoke the language.
I met my wife in the UK and we lived there for 10 years. We moved to Denmark in 2008 - weeks before the global economic meltdown. We've managed to buy a house (through the astounding generosity of the previous owner) and keep our noses just above the water, but it has been hard. We are just staring to achieve some financial stability. On the plus side, we have pared away most of our bad spending habits. :D
I'm again living as an illiterate - I neither speak nor read Danish - but it's in a much nicer situation than in the NL.
I try to live my life in such a way that I do the least harm I can to the people around me while trying to add value to the world. I'm not particularly greedy, nor am I driven into pursuit of fame, or power, or renown. I am driven by imagination. I am driven by compassion. I am driven by a combination of "What can we make to make things better?" and "What is over the next hill?". I am driven by curiosity. I am driven by "How?". Most of all I am driven by "Why!?"
My interests are varied. My dreams and imaginings are vast and complex. I know I am just a speck of life on a speck of a planet in a wholly undistinguished part of the multiverse and I know that, while I may never see my dreams achieved, I have become a much better me than many, including myself, expected or allowed for.
Meanwhile, I am frantically looking for a way to open the console on this thing we call life. I've a couple of commands I'd like to run after I load an early save game...
I will praise you or I will flay you, but I will never flatter you with empty compliments..
Changing beloved symbols to reflect ideas which are anathematic to the core ideals the symbol represents - but are also present in the society that holds the symbol dear - is a sure fire way to get people's attention.
Balkanization of the US, a move toward ever more feudal systems of security and defense, entrenchment of belief over science, imposition of moral codes which limit rather than expand rights. This is not the reality I signed up for.