I'm a good natured, good humored guy who likes to read and also relax with friends. I enjoy taking trips, watching movies, playing cards (euchre and cribbage) and just hanging out. Obviously, I'm interested in politics and do support the Democratic Party. I'm also an avid history buff. I work in a State Archives, which involves preserving historic documents and helping people research them.
I had a stereotypical "middle America" upbringing. I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin with my parents and one younger sister. This was good and bad. It was nice that the whole family worked together and that the neighbors were all friendly. On the down side, we did have to get up early every morning, and rural areas can sometimes be dull to a kid. As a kid, I read a lot, rode my bike a lot and developed an early interest in history.
My maternal grandparents were the previous owners of the farm. They had survived the Depression and became staunch Democrats during the Roosevelt years. They passed their values to my mother and she to me. My mother always felt that the Republican Party was "the party of the rich."
I earned a Bachelor of Arts from a Wisconsin state university. My major was history, and my minor was English, with an emphasis in technical writing.
I originally wanted to be a history professor. After working full time for a few years, I changed my mind. I didn't want to teach, but I was a natural at finding information, and I enjoyed helping people. Ergo, I went to library school. I also earned a Masters in History (It was a double degree program.), and now, I'm an archivist!
I did have to relocate to find the right job, which is good and bad. The bad: My family and most friends are still in Wisconsin. The good: well, I do like my job, and I like the Lansing, Michigan area. Most people are friendly and fairly progressive. The 2004 election finally inspired me to get involved in politics. I campaigned for John Kerry and started attending meetings of local Democrats.
Politics has become important to my personal philosophy. I'm a liberal because the world CAN be a better place. People in power generally act in their own self-interest - not in the interest of everyone. They have to be watched and held accountable for their actions.