I was born in Santa Ana, CA, raised in Phoenix, AZ. I like to annoy people on a regular basis by using my brain. It’s quite fun. I used to perform music for a living. I left the music business in Los Angeles a few years ago in order to care for an terminally-ill family member who has since gone to another life. Just the thought of returning to the shark-infested waters of the Los Angeles recording studio scene makes me tired, so if I ever sing for my supper again, it has to be a different ball game.
For nearly three years, I worked at a Clark Kent job in the public sector. This experience had been quite the departure from my usual line of work, but there were also some similarities between the two professions… mostly related to egos, politics, and power. HALP! I got into it because I wanted to serve and make a difference to the people of the state of Arizona. I got out of it because I realized that the political puppet show didn’t allow me to be of much help to the people and that it was time to make a difference for myself, my sanity, and my future.
Then I worked at for Charles Schwab & Company, Inc. I was let go after nearly 2 and a half years with the company. More on that later. My former boss… well, she’s an ass.
Am I over-educated? Oh my, yes. I attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music (Performance) and I have a graduate degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. For those who want to know, I play the French horn and sing (I’m a lyric mezzo-soprano). Would you like fries with that?
Politics? Geez, don’t even get me started. Well… I was raised by a Goldwater Republican (get your government out of my pants, please) and a Socialist/ FDR New Dealer. Dinner conversations were always… interesting? Volatile? Incendiary? More adjectives, please? Meanwhile, I like to think I’m informed. I don’t like the two-party system; flip sides of the same coin, if you ask me. I am just waiting for inter-planetary travel. I don’t think I belong here.
In addition to making music, I also love to read, garden, make jewelry, belly dance, ride my bike, practice yoga, bake, cook, and volunteer with animal rescue organizations. I have an extremely soft spot for our fuzzy friends. I am the guardian of two beautiful kitties, Opie and Chloe. They used to have their own MySpace accounts but too much SPAM. Now they have a fan page on Facebook. We’ll see how that goes. They are awesome. I also have two doggies, Amber and Molly. Amber is a Llasa-Apso and Molly is a Llasa-Poo. I will post pictures soon.
Oh, and by the way… the “nice melons” thang in the address is about my head, not my breasts. Just thought I’d clear that up. I’ve had a few questions on the name and it was a nickname growing up because I was a bit of a braniac/nerd. It denigrated to that, then stuck, and you know how those nicknames follow you around… so in the spirit of acceptance, I’ve embraced my nickname.
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