Itís the bane of our new millennial cyber-existence: everyone seems to want to stake their own claim on the frontier of the internet. In August 1999 I finally bought a computer, had a friend give me a crash course in html coding, and I set to work on my own much-desiredóand rather unimportant and self-indulgentówebsite. A few years later that same friend taught me Dreamweaver basics so I could increase my siteís capabilities. My coding and Dreamweaver skills are still rather limited at this point, which is why this site is just a wee craptacular.
This site is called The Simian Line because I am a lucky bearer of a simian line on my left palm. Although simian lines generally have negative connotations, my research has shown that there are actually plenty of positive attributes pertaining to the trait, which is why I consider myself lucky to have one.
Who am I? Well, for quick wham-bam CliffNotes tutorials on me, pop in here and here. Im a thirtysomething editor; I work for a non-profit association in the Washington, DC, suburbs and I also freelance as a proofreader for a scientific journal. Im originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a colorful little berg in the midst of the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Growing up, I of course thought it was the most insanely boring, horrendous city in existence. I discovered how wrong I was when I left for the University of Scranton. Scranton is now engaged in a tenuous renaissance, but when I was there, in the early-to-mid í90s, it was an incredibly sorrowful, dead-end city. Good for my black-and-white photography and angst-ridden poems, bad for my depression. Being there made me appreciate the loveliness of the countryside surrounding Lebanon.
During my junior year, I fulfilled my goal of studying in London, England, at Goldsmiths College (part of the University of London). Goldsmiths is situated in the sometimes-dodgy, sometimes-charming borough of New Cross. My dorm was nearby in Deptford, a gritty, disadvantaged borough which is rich with history and ethnic culture and is slowly being revitalized. Deptford is right down the road from beautiful Greenwich, which remains my favorite spot in all of London.
Several months out of college, I tried to fulfill a years-long dream of moving to London. Long story short, I ended up getting myself thrown out of England by a group of nasty customs officials at Heathrow, and it took 2 1/2 years until I was allowed back in the country. In May 1999 I finally returned to London, and I was so thrilled to be back, I became a London A-Z-thumping Born Again Tourist. Since then Ive only returned to London two more times (during autumn 2006 and winter 2010), but thats only because my focus has been on traveling to new countries.
A year and a half out of college, in late 1997, I moved to the DC area. I stayed in the immediate suburbs until late 2007, when I moved farther away from the city in order to buy my first home (a condo). I wish I wouldíve been able to stay closer to DC, but even with the crashing housing market, homes in non-ghetto areas in and right outside of DC were still utterly and ridiculously overpriced, so I had to head farther north.
Let me backtrack a bit. I was born with a severe case of craniosynostosis, which is why a page of this website is devoted to the issue. Iím also anosmic: I was either born without a sense of smell or I lost it during my first year of life (the juryís still out on which one is the case!). Iíve also had problems with migraine complex for years; I was never able to determine whether any of that was caused by the craniosynostosis or not. More specifically, the migraine complex I have is referred to as acephalgic migraine, ie, migraine aura without headache, because I do not get pain with my episodes. My auras are not visual, as is usually the case with acephalgic migraines. Instead, they come in the form of paresthesias, or tingling, usually in my head and fingers. This has been a big olí nuisance since I was a kid. I am also cross dominantóIím right-handed, right-ear dominant, and right-foot dominant, but extremely left-eye dominant. It is believed that roughly 20% of the population is cross dominant, and this trait is much more common in women than men. Supposedly it helps oneís golf- and baseball-playing abilities, but Iím awful at both sports, so itís hard for me to validate those claims!
These days not much is going on because Iím busy spending all my time working my ass off in order to pay for my condo and more travels abroad!
Thoughts? Questions? Email me.