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the question is: who made this and why?

“I’m writing ‘young and gifted’ in my autobiography / I figure, who would know, better than me?”


gohlkus in LA in 2010

I’m just this guy, you know?

I spent my first 24 years in the fine state of Wisconsin. I grew up a city kid, walking to school in Milwaukee. At my home state’s flagship university in Madison, I learned much about graphic design, politics, how to have a social life, and how to properly imbibe various kinds of intoxicating beverages (via trial and error). I learned enough about politics to swear it off as a possible career, and enough about graphic design to get a decent job.

In 1999, I left that perfectly good job, apartment, and group of friends behind and spent three cold years in Minnesota. It was a learning experience. There, I had my first canvassing job and my first (non-student) government job. In August 2002, I left that perfectly good job behind and moved to California.

As of August 2017, I am Communications Manager at Pacific Forest Trust, a non-profit organization that saves working forests by creating economic incentives for landowners to conserve. It’s an extremely elegant idea, and the organization has a 25-year history of effectiveness (more than 250,000 acres saved) and original thinking. I’m excited to be on board. You can read far more about my career than you ever wanted to know here and here.

I am a sports fan from a long line of sports fans. In a development that was coincidentally parallel to my love life, however, I have become a one-sport guy. That lucky sport is baseball. On and off throughout adulthood, I’ve considered the idea of simply not following sports; I compromised by devoting myself to just one. Ultimately this has reduced the overall amount of time and money I spend on watching grown men play children’s games for vast sums of money (often in exchange for their quality of life and longevity). That said, there is almost nothing more relaxing than a day at the ballpark watching baseball.

Listening to music (both live and recorded) and poorly playing guitar (left-handed) also rank high on my list of hobbies. I have to say I like TV — good TV, mostly. I think about writing and other creative pursuits a lot more than I actually… pursue them. My favorite expensive hobby is traveling; I’ve been everywhere, man. Not really, but I’ve been out of the country a couple times.

I ride trains, buses, and two-wheeled conveyances. I am a skilled but infrequent operator of motor vehicles, so long as they don’t require me to do something so obsolete as to manually shift gears. In the summer of 2003, I sold the 1.7-ton monster in which I moved myself to the west coast. (I have virtually never looked back in regret at that transaction.) In return, I received the euphoria of being debt-free.

Also, in 2011, I met my one true love, Dawn, and she is awesome! We got married in Oakland in 2013 on the best day of my life. The honeymoon hasn’t stopped!

Here is some more (essentially useless) information, for identification purposes only:

  • Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, also home of the second-largest four-faced clock tower in the world.
  • Myers-Briggs type: Usually ENFJ with some introverted tendencies from time to time.
  • Eye color: can only be described as “bluish-grayish, with one appearing slightly greener than the other, likely due to the presence of slightly more brown.”
  • Favorite Simpsons quote: [Teen 1] “Oh look, the cannonball guy, he’s cool.” [Teen 2] “Are you being sarcastic, dude?” [Teen 1] “I don’t even know anymore.”
  • Number of parenthetical expressions on this page: eleven (including this one, which is not the least ever, but it’s way down from a record nineteen).

If you got this far, you might also be interested to know that in the beginning of 2010, one of the most important years in my life so far, I was successfully treated for depression. The years since have been far better than many of the prior years. In my recovery from depression (which I recommend taking seriously if you suspect it is affecting you), I stopped identifying with unhelpful labels; crucially, I worked hard to replace automatic negative thoughts about myself with compassion, love, and forgiveness.


Ours not to reason why; ours but to do and die.

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If that’s not enough for you (and I admire your sticktoitiveness and your unusually high level of interest in me), there is at least a little more in this site’s wonderful introduction. When I say “wonderful,” I literally mean “filled with wonders.” But you might have come here straight from there, so I guess you can just do whatever you want at this point.

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