What should I say? My friends say nice things about me, but that could be expected. In my opinion, I'm analytical and creative, a critical thinker, kind and compassionate, and an all around nice guy. I've also been told I have a wry sense of humour. That's all well and good but it doesn't make for very good conversation. Here's something for us to chat about...
What I enjoy in my down time, and enjoy talking about with people who have the same interests, are music and cooking. Both are creative and universally bring pleasure, which I find very satisfying.
As I grew up I developed an interest in the arts and learned to play the trombone. I played for six years in the school bands, including the concert, stage and jazz bands. I became quite talented and my music teacher thought I would go on to play in the orchestra. Sadly, I gave it up after I graduated. That’s my first life’s regret. However, I maintained my interest in music and ended up meeting a musician who was studying music composition. We became friends and I learned a great deal about the subject as he went on to earn his masters degree. As a result, one of my life’s ambitions is to write my own string quartet. Composition is a multi-dimensional process that I find fascinating and it could take me the rest of my life to become competent at it. I need to study more theory and techniques but I have a strong knowledge base and what I think are some pretty good ideas for inspiration. It can take several years to write a single piece and if I only write one piece, that I truly enjoy, I’ll be satisfied.
Cooking started out as a necessity but as I learned more it became a pleasure. I grew up with good food and I learned the basics from watching my mom in the kitchen. Now I have a collection of cookbooks and have become a competent cook. Ask about my Steak & Chipotle Chili, or my Maple Bacon Porridge. As with anything in life, there’s always more to learn and I would like to get to the point where I can successfully pull off a dinner party with all the trimmings.
Now, I’m including this last bit only because it’s a beautiful idea that kept me engaged for two years. I realize it has its weaknesses but it’s worth mentioning.
In 2014 I conceived of a hydroponic urban farm to be run as a social enterprise. The basis of the idea is to grow vegetables and herbs, sell them through grocers and retail, and use a portion of those revenues to fund the production of fresh food for the poor. It would hire and train employees from the homeless and low income communities, and maybe have a seed bank selling heirloom varieties.
I was reading about alternative growing methods and the homeless situation in Winnipeg when the idea came to me. I then looked into food security and volunteered at the Agape Table soup kitchen and food bank. This exposed me to the people I wanted to help, the work that Winnipeg Harvest does, and I learned how Agape Table operates. The idea is still in development but I think it has potential. There’s a lot of research and analysis to do to put it all together but I’ve documented my ideas and research and have been given some guidance on how to prepare a case statement to use when it comes time to look for funding, provided the analysis says it’s viable.
If you’ve read this far you have the basics of what I’m about. I'll welcome any questions, comments or suggestions you may have.