For a guy who speaks well and pays his rent stringing words together I’m on a high wire here. Mark Twain once said it took him 2 weeks to come up with something spontaneous. As I try to fill this space I am starting to understand what he meant. I read once that good writing changes brain chemistry. Let’s hope this is, and it changes yours. But, before I succeed in beguiling your higher primate brain, changing its chemistry, and wheedling my way into your heart, perhaps some basic information should come first. I’m 5’101/2 inches but I slouch. There are no wants or warrants out on me and I have no felony convictions. I have most of my own teeth, all my own hair which is a long salt and pepper brownish. I like some grey it supports the subterfuge that I’m an adult. I have a clean DMV record and can drive a variety of stick shift vehicles but I no longer ride motorcycles because they tried to kill me. I am clean shaven, have checkable references, can pass a driver’s test, an IQ test, a reading test, a blood test, and a sobriety test, and, I can endure rigorous cross examination under oath. I only occasionally drink and only take drugs required by doctors. I know my way around literature and science, and I know the difference between Frédéric Bazille and Caravaggio, and I have never been on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. My job is I write about biomanufacturing, the oil business and dinosaurs. Connection there? I don’t know. And I have a part-time business/hobby in which I source/acquire/buy/s ell fossils and dinosaur remains through my own catalog. I also write book reviews which is cool because free books come all the time. On autumn weekends I work on a farm pressing apple cider at a cider mill and driving a John Deere Tractor giving hayrides tours to middle school kids. I’m a huge hit with the 10 year old crowd! I am a fulminating communicator who is funny, understanding, empathic, can cook, and I will mix well with your mom, your friends, and the other kids on the block. But, enough about me. Did my 350 words light up your neocortex?