This is my personal Tumblr. Sometimes, things get really personal. Other times, I post pictures of outfits I wish I was wearing.
I work for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, where I’m the communications coordinator; I get paid to write blog posts, take pictures, tweet things, tell people why what WABA does makes D.C. better, and ride my bike—often all at once. Before that, I copy-edited, fact-checked, wrote, and fixed shit in InDesign for Washington, D.C.’s alternative newsweekly, Washington City Paper. Occasionally, I freelance. (You can see a perpetually out-of-date collection of clips here.) I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010 with bachelor of arts degrees in English and American Studies and a thesis about gentrification and displacement in Anacostia, a neighborhood in Southeast D.C. This mostly inculcated in me a perverse love of attending public meetings. I got started on a master’s of historic preservation at the University of Maryland in 2012. It is going to take me eight years, at the rate I am going. I’m often conflicted about my straddling of the free world and academia.
I ride a bike for transportation 80 percent of the time. I am slowly embracing riding a bike for fun and fitness, though reluctantly. In addition to riding bikes, I enjoy talking about bikes, spending my money on things related to bikes, figuring out bike routes that don’t suck so that I don’t have to take public transit, Crossfit, yoga, contemporary fiction, nonfiction of the urban-studies and sociological variety, mid-’90s emo, drinking malt liquor, taking shots of rail whiskey, talking about my sex life, traveling the U.S. by train, doing the paleo-diet thing when I’m not dining out, and wearing compression tights in the winter and jorts in the summer, because fuck pants.
I grew up in central Maryland, which should indicate at least something to others who also grew up in central Maryland. I love living in D.C. and will defend it with the same fervor as people who bitch about it.