Since this is my first real BLOG on this new Website, and it has attracted some of you for the first time and you don’t really know me yet… instead of waxing on about some this or that, I thought I’d give you a few easy-to-read, short “nuggets” of info about me. Who I am, and what makes me tick.

Politics: I tend to think of myself as a “liberal,” and a Democrat, but maybe that’s because I *feel* like I’m more in that camp lately than I used to because the “right” has moved so much farther right. My good friend Dave Morrison says he considers me to be more of a “Moderate.” He’s probably right. (Correct. Not right wing.)

I am:  Pro Choice. Pro same-sex marriage. I favor equal pay for equal work by people of either gender.

Guns: I would favor a ban on “assault style” semi-automatic weapons and “high capacity” magazines, but I would NOT make any changes to the 2nd Amendment. I still support the right of individuals to own guns, even though I myself would not have one. I would favor regulating such ownership, (background checks,) just as we regulate the right to drive. If it were up to me, (and I know it’s not,) I would even require safety training prior to buying a gun. I do not see any conflict here.

God: I am a Christian. Always have been. But I believe each person’s faith (or lack thereof) is that person’s own. I don’t care whether you are a Christian or not. I don’t care if you subscribe to some other faith. If you respect mine, I’ll respect yours, and the subject need never come up again if you don’t want it to.

Sex: I’m for it. And I am heterosexual. I have had close friends of all sexual persuasions all my life, and still do. Once again, I believe it’s between you and yours. If you don’t try to change me, I won’t try to change you.

I am a pacifist. Have been since childhood. I believe there is no such thing as a “just war.” I believe that all the wars that have been fought in my lifetime, (Viet Nam, Iraq, Iran,) were “mistakes,” and should never have happened. I don’t have a problem with violence and killing in the fantasy realm, (movies, for example, or plays or stories or whatever,) but in the *real world* even two people arguing upsets me. I am against ALL violence, not just military violence.

Music: I love The Beatles, The Who, Jethro Tull, Steve Earle, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, (both separately and together,) David Wilcox, Chris Smither, Leo Kottke, Jimi Hendrix, Loudon Weinwright III, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Green Day, Janis Joplin, Lyle Lovett, Doug Kershaw, Billy Joel, Cat Stevens,… I could go on for pages, but that should give you some idea.

Other art forms besides music: Movies & acting, (both watching and doing,) writing, painting, (though I’m not any good at it,) anything creative that connects with me emotionally.

City or country: If I could, I would live away from the cities, where there’s lots of land and space, and clean air, and green grass and trees, and clean flowing water. BUT, I would miss the cultural activity of the cities, and doing the kind of work I do I have to live within range of a city, at least for now. And the cities aren’t so bad. They can be a lot of fun, and stimulating in many ways. So I’m divided on that one.  I currently live in L.A.

What I value most in people: Honesty, sincerity, being genuine.

I enjoy: people, travel, good conversation, music, working hard at something I love, or not working at all, having fun, sharing. 

I do NOT enjoy: worrying about money, bigotry, ignorance, intolerance, lying and liars, pollution, overcrowding, traffic, earthquakes and tornadoes, loud, angry voices.

Have I ever been arrested or been in jail?  Yes, but I was only in jail overnight.

Ever had a serious car accident?  Yes. Twice. The last one was more than 20 years ago, and I drive a LOT.

Ever had my heart broken? Of course. Who hasn’t?

Relationship status: In a relationship.

Age?  Look at my pictures and guess.  (Those who know, don’t tell.)

Favorite Holiday: Christmas. And I insist that I and anyone who receives gifts from me wait until Christmas DAY to open their gifts. (NOT Christmas EVE.)

That’s what I think.  I welcome your comments and/or questions.   John M.

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