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Who Am I?
“Who am I?”
It’s likely both the most common existential question and the most common 3-word phrase in the English language.
And also one of the most difficult to answer with anything approaching precision.
The simplest answer is my nom de plum: Paul R Pearson.
My most important answer is summed up in one word: Husband. Next come Father, Brother, Uncle, Brother-in-law. Then come Friend and Fellow Activist. After those, I guess, Acquaintance, Customer, Bystander.
And certainly Atheist.
I was born in a Detroit suburb on a historically tragic and surprisingly auspicious day for my life vision: “Bloody Sunday”; March 7, 1965. I am, thus, over 50, but must say I feel young at heart.
Currently I am involved in dozens of projects, from working with my wife on a medical recovery to hopefully staying on top of the ever-growing ‘honey-do’ list for our home, to learning for my A+ and future Network+ certifications, and more. I — and we — stay happily busy with cooking, health, relationship, family, loving, growing, learning, flaunting tradition and laughing at authority. I work for Amazon in Houston, but also do some computer and Website construction and graphics, and edit videos when I can. I also volunteer Web services to a MI-based environmental and agricultural advocacy organization and a Houston-based state/church separation advocacy group.
The multitude of things I have done in my life could fill a blog. So let’s touch upon some easy things.
My wife and I have traveled to several awesome places here in Texas, and to Florida, Nevada, New York City, Puerto Rico, and even Hawaii. We moved here to the Petro Metro from Detroit in 2009 and never looked back at that bad attitude train-wreck of a has been ghost town.
Before meeting my wife I had lived for a while in both Florida (Coral Springs/Ft. Lauderdale) and L.A., yet I moved back to Detroit twice, proving I am twice as stupid as I ever needed to be. But then again, I did eventually meet the love of my life . . .
To further touch upon the theme of travel, I have been to several places in Ontario, even kinda live for a time in Windsor, have been to Toronto several times, and Montreal once (“oh, what a night . .”). My personal journeys have taken me extensively to northern Michigan, all across the lower mitten in fact; Chicago many, many times (let me tell you about the “operation” in the abandoned warehouse one day…); Iowa; Washington, D.C. a few times; New York; Boston; many places in Ohio (I Heart Cedar Point!); Kentucky; Dallas; Atlanta (#2muchcoke) and flew in a prop plane illegally inside the Grand Canyon.
Oh, and unfortunately, I’ve also been to Gary, Indiana. Bleh!
Here’s my company introduction:
Share Your passion: What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Be with my wife; blog; build Websites; create graphics; collect Star Wars and other Sci-Fi memorabilia; collect books; read everything; long philosophical discussions; long historical discussions; writing; swimming; high diving; hiking in extremely hot weather; seeing endless movies; traveling; video editing; listening to music.
This may not be a complete list. Updates certainly to come.
What else do you want to know?
Below are some stupid random things you may or may not give a crap about.
Jokes I’ve Invented
Memes I Created
Words/Phrases I’ve Invented
As a self-confessed neologist, my success is dependent upon your judgement of these creations. Agree or disagree, enjoy or not, but please feel free to use or begin a dialogue.
1. I am a Texas Certified Assistant Nurse
2. I am a certificate-bearing Phlebotomist (no licensing in TX, though I haven’t obtained Certification)
3. I was editor and publisher of a sci-fi fanzine through high school and for a few years after, published articles by David Gerrold and Hugh Hefner. Forry Ackerman wrote a large, specialized article (for an issue which only became published in 2019, see here), and I still have every word and photograph of the article
4. I am an officiant for secular and LGBT weddings
5. Trained by the Dept of Homeland Security as a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certified team member.
7. 7th? Shit, I can’t even think of a 6th.
Other Weird Shit
ACCOMPLISHED: To produce the final issue of the science fiction fanzine I started (and did almost all of the work for) through high school and for a few years after. The first issue was called ‘Encyclozine’, but for the remaining issues, I changed it to ‘Microzine’. During the roughly 3 years of my distant friendship with Forry Ackerman, he wrote an article for me, and I never finished that final issue. Now I am working slowly in the background, just a few hours a week, to do all the work to compose — I still don’t know why, except to honor the life and memory of Forry in my own insignificant way — the final issue. Stay tuned.
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Online, interactive .js timeline of some of ancient culture’s most momentous symbolic creations; from cave drawings to early writings. This developed out of a book project on the history of religious ritual.
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