When I first met my now deceased wife's good friend Nancy, a doctor of Chinese medicine, she in her inimitable way with a very soft voice and great concentration and stillness said to me, "You are exactly what you seem to be. You are not a chameleon".
My father once told me, when speaking of a friend who had had great financial success by cutting many corners, "I would rather be poor than to lose my good name and the respect of my friends and family". I took this to heart.
As must be obvious, I like telling stories especially of the humorous sort. In addition, I have the very Jewish habit of sometimes completing other people's sentences and thoughts. A theory: since it is not only permissible but a responsibility to correct someone who is reading the Torah who makes a mistake, why should you not be able to interrupt anyone. This can be very annoying to non-Jews.
My extended family (I know roughly 200 cousins well) has a fierce love that extends from our little outpost here in Toledo to Chicago (the epicenter) to California and back again. Second to that in my life, is life of the mind. We have roughly 8000 books in our house. Despite that I am quite energetic, probably a result of having wrestled in high school and college. I was not very good in college: not mean enough.