Born in Dumas, Texas (1 hour drive to Amarillo, 4.5 hour drive to Oklahoma City or Albuquerque, 6 hour drive to Dallas or Denver).
Raised in a TexMex home. Baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. Learned loyalty, grit, and unconventional intelligences from my parents.
Passed the test for a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Stunk up the baseball diamond, but excelled on the gridiron. Learned all my on-demand tricks as a pet of many teachers.
Rebelled in that teenage way via hardcore punk and metal (complete with cross-dressing, painted nails, and cringe-inducing moments that still tense my muscles).
Conformed in that social animal way by playing in band Nobody Special, which was also the praise band for Fireproof Youth Group. We mixed pop praise music with our original hardcore tunes. Our vocalist screamed; our guitars wailed. Our youth pastor was a rapper and taught us to think for ourselves.
Duped people into letting me be student body president, salutatorian, and varsity powerlifter and offensive lineman. Prom King too. Wrote lots of angsty prose and created weird digital art.