My name is JT (short for Justin Travis) and I currently reside in Springfield, Missouri, United States. I am a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Art History. I have studied in various places including in Central America and at Imperial College in London, UK. My principle area of expertise is in Archaeology, and as such, is where the majority of my research interests and field experience lie. I am also an avid--and damn intrepid, if I do say so myself--traveler. I come by this naturally, as my father works and travels in all sorts of places in this hemisphere.
(This is my dad. His name is Russ. He is probably either an international assassin or secret agent. Or possibly a mercenary.) ----->
Although I come from a conservative Mid-western background, I am generally considered as a highly liberal person. This may stem from relentless bouts of expensive education, an utmost respect for the sanctity of life, and/or a great deal of watching the Discovery Channel and Sesame Street as a child.
In addition to being caucasian, middle class, and repeatedly underpaid, I am also homosexual and an atheist. This does not mean that I believe in nothing; rather, I believe that everyone essentially believes generally the same thing and gets really pissy about particulars, and other people who do not agree with them. It all sort of seems like semantics, to me, and I just don't understand people who can't just get along and share. I am also in constant training and maintain unwavering vigilance for the zombie apocalypse. If you read my blog, you just might learn something valuable that will help you survive, even.
I have a fantastic and extremely handsome boyfriend named Gideon, who has an excellent and beautiful beard, likes wearing make-up, and listens to copious amounts of Bjork, among other things. He is currently a Community Coordinator for Adult Retarded Care of the Ozarks, and also volunteers for Aids Project of the Ozarks (traits I happen to find both noble and extremely hot.)
In my free time, I enjoy camping, bicyling, hiking, and all manner of outdoor adventures, including (but not limited to): tree-climbing, lakes and rivers, kayaking, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, ziplining, rope swings, nature walks, and playing with strange and wonderful animals. I like all types of culture, especially counter-culture, and believe in the power of art, literature, and music. I enjoy reading (when I find the time), singing, dancing, writing, and being an amateur artist in several media.
I find that I am happiest and most at home sitting around a campfire (as humans have done for thousands upon thousands of years), drinking a quality India Pale Ale, whenever I am extremely dirty (preferably surrounded by bits of broken bone and pottery), and on the rare occasions that I am surrounded by monkeys rather than humans.
This is a friend of mine. His name is Jo, and he is a Western lowlands gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). He is not impressed by modern technology; however, he did seem to like hanging out and making fun of other people at the zoo. That's probably why we're friends.
So, please enjoy, and should you feel the need to contact me concerning any matter expressed herein, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your comments/questions/concerns.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas.
- Aldous Huxley