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I used to be a lawyer.  I’ve stopped that now.

Before that I painted houses, exterior and interior, and I was pretty good, which allowed me to pull down as much as $20,000 in a single year.  Hence, going to law school and becoming a lawyer. Before law school, and painting, was six years of study in political science, history, economics, and international relations, which earned me two degrees and no particular prospects, so there I was up to my elbows in a bucket of varsol until I finally gave in and sought a better career.

I’m one of those odd ducks whose political views skew both ways.  I’m a bit of a hawk on foreign policy, though an old school hawk, sort of like Howard Baker used to be, if that name rings a bell. I’m a bleeding heart liberal domestically – I might well have voted for Bernie Sanders, except I’m Canadian, and we don’t get to vote in US primaries, though we should.

I’m several other varieties of dying breed: an audiophile with lots of big expensive black boxes, many of them analog recorders; a social media Luddite (wait, is a blog “social media”?); a true believer in democracy, pluralism, and the liberal world order established after WW II; a taxpayer who gripes but is ultimately content to pay his taxes; a grammar geek; a student of history; a cinephile; a cat lover (especially Maine Coons!); all sorts of things like that. Honestly, people don’t know what to make of me.

I have lots and lots of opinions.  Sometimes, some people agree with some of them. You probably won’t, but we can’t be sure until we give this a try, right? So here goes.