Sunday, June 13, 2004

What's Inside the Head of HeadCheese

Don't ask why I've done it ...

Call it hubris - call it vanity, but I have decided to dip my toe into the crowded and often fetid waters of online web-logging (or "blogging" for the uninitiated- all three of you).

What form will this blog take? Only time and a dedication to keeping house here will tell.

Doubtless, I'll have postings about my ever-evolving interests, but I keep telling myself that an exercise in journaling my thoughts and creative writings would be a Good Thing, regardless of topic.

And so - a brief (yeah, right!) introduction is in order. My real name is Keith, but for so long as I've been posting to online forums (and I day say it's been some time - Remember dialup BBS's?), I've elected to use the moniker "HeadCheese," after the term of endearment my late grandfather used to refer to his even later dog, Tex. "He's got to be the Head Cheese around here," he'd often say when I was a youth down in the steamy suburbs of New Orleans, and whether it was the heat, humidity or my impressionable youth, the name adhered in my psyche somewhere next to all the other names I'd already chosen for myself in preperation for my inevitable rise to fame. I'm still waiting ...

I am a Graphic Designer in Dallas, working for a modestly-sized printing company, The Master's Press. My previous incarnations have included professional juggler, fry-cook and soda-jerk, advertising salesman, art director for a large Christian publishing company, an exceedingly brief stint as the art director for the largest skin-care magazine in the WORLD (no kidding!) and later (perhaps as a means of gently rediscovering humility at the hands of a loving God), art director for a dysfunctional and very small family-run print shop for nearly ten years before finally landing in my current role. What a ride!

I have studied "Iwama-style" Aikido at North Texas Aikido for nearly twelve years now, and currently hold the rank of Nidan (2nd-degree black belt) as recorded at the World Aikido Headquarters in Japan.

In November of 1989, I married my childhood sweetheart after dating her since we were in middle-school, and after stalling her on the subject for nearly ten years until I was nearly killed by a freak illness, we now have two sons, ages 3 and 5. Funny how near-death experiences change your outlook on living....

Other hobbies which will most-likely make appearances here from time to time are my obsession with my motorcycle and spending all my money on its care and feeding, cigars (which I've come to consider part of MY care and feeding), home-brewing, hunting, shooting, and the finest computer games ever created: Myst, Riven, Exile, Uru and the upcoming Myst IV-Revelation. I'll probably link you to political discourses by persons who share my view of the world, but I'll likely not post much of my own thoughts on the matter, as they often make me feel sullied and agitated.

With any luck, I'll use this forum to experiment with creative-writing, too.

So there it is in a nutshell, with me as the nut. Happy reading (or not).


Blogger Dianne said...

Yeah! Good to have you in blog-world. I expect that your writings will be infinitely entertaining and I look forward to reading each one of them.

June 14, 2004  
Blogger HeadCheese said...

Thank you, Pepa. You're too kind. (Damn... now I'm under pressure to perform!)

June 14, 2004  

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