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I was born in Eureka, California and adopted when I was 2.  I grew up in Fort Bragg, California, and graduated high school in 1982.  I finished a BA in English at Santa Clara University, and then did two years of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in inner-city Milwaukee.  I lived in Milwaukee from 1986-1995.  I got married in 1995 to Megan Kamerick and moved to San Antonio, Texas where I worked for a non-profit organization while I picked up an MA in International Relations at St. Mary's University.  In 2000, I started a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of New Orleans and we lived there until 2004.  Megan accepted a job in Albuquerque 2004, and we have lived there up to the present.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2008 and am currently working at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

On the Road: Sausalito

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On the Road: Sausalito, California


Anonymous Adam said...

I was very happy to come across a blog post about one of my favorite episodes in one of my favorite books. Speaking of Marin bohemians living on boats, I highly recommend Alan Watts's autobiography "In My Own Way" in which he recounts his adventures living on an old ferryboat moored in Sausalito. I agree, the history of our underground and alternative cultures seems to be one of co-option - but I also think it's the very process of co-option by the mainstream that drives new creativity. If the rich weren't forever encroaching on cultural turf, there'd be less reason to stake out new turf. I suspect Kerouac and the Beats experienced this firsthand...speaking of whom, I'll leave with one of my favorite Kerouac quotes: "This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do."

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Blogger Underground Mayor said...

I agree with most of what you are saying but, as someone who lives aboard a houseboat in Sausalito, I can tell you that I am not rich, there are still a ton of grass and booze and there are many "water rats" as we call ourselves. While the houseboats have been taken over by people who use them as weekend getaways, those of us there during the week enjoy that old hippy way. It is rumored that Jack built the fence that is to the north side of our marina, Varda Landing. In many ways, the counter culture feelings are still alive here. And we listen to the blues at 33 rpms.

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