Many of the pieces below (particularly the stranger ones) feature a heavily-exaggerated version of me. At times, I pointedly depict myself as pathetic, angsty, self-obsessed, and lacking any awareness of how my various foibles come across to unfamiliar readers. This is done for comedic effect. In truth, I am confident, self-assured, positive, and determined to raise the bar in any role I hold. I simply enjoyed the conceit (note the pun) of using myself as a topic. It may dampen the joke to make this so clear, but I'm sure you understand why it is necessary. Please, read on!