I was born in the midwest of the United Sates and while I am American by birth I am a citizen of the world by nature. I have lived for years out of the United States and love it. I have worked as a web and graphic designer since 1995 having been an early adaptor of the internet. It just makes sense because I am drawn to travel. The internet allowed me to travel virtually between my actual physical trips.
I also enjoy tropical fish with a particular interest in freshwater Amazonian species. Travel is also a passion and I have visited 25 different countries so far, even living long term in several of them (the last adventure was 6 years in Buenos Aires Argentina). As I said, I consider myself a citizen of the world and I see that borders are just lines on a piece of paper we call a map and are only a concept in our minds and not everyone shares the same viewpoint. I find the whole nationalism thing to be for small minded people who prefer simplistic black and white thinking and who are not really capable to thinking for themselves. They need to latch onto and identity with some group to make up for deficiencies within themselves. They need to define themselves by the groups they voluntarily belong to such as a country, a religion, or even what they do for a living. How limiting is it to put yourself in a box. Since most people lack the intelligence to think for themselves this behaviour is understandable…I am just glad I am not one of them.
I don’t have a facebook page, I never felt the need for one as I have my own website and have had long before Facebook existed and I will still have it long after Facebook is gone! If you can remember my name you can always email me but you probably already know that since you are on my site right now! I also value my privacy while Facebook does not, nor do I have the need to post every ordinary mundane detail of my daily life that others seem so inclined to assume others are interested in. For the record, no one gives a fuck what you had for lunch unless you had some amazing local delicacy it in some exotic foreign country.
Although I work with the internet daily I never got into the whole social media craze…probably just because I am online all day! Not only that but I have seen the evolution and change of the internet from an open system used for exploration, personal growth, individual expression, and freedom reduced to simple commerce and now surveillance. Quite the opposite of the original intent. How sad that governments are so evil and corrupt that they need to spy on their own people to control them.
My personal website and a single email address are all I need! I have a close circle of friends and I am very “old school” in that I have actual friends and do not use the term lightly, because it actually means something to me and is not just a number. I do NOT find that the “number” of friends is important, as it seems that these days the bigger the number the more superficial those friendships actually are. Sometimes less really is more. 🙂