About Dan

...Being the home of stories, tall tales, short tales, and only slightly embellished notes on my life to date...

I named this site Wildly Plausible because the roller coaster of a life I've led to date would read like fiction if I wrote it all down.   Who else can you name who's faced down an out-of-control barge at sea, produced 70 plays in a single summer, worked on the big 'Exxon Valdez" Oil Spill Cleanup (scam), has survived exploding cars and multiple car crashes, fell truly-madly-deeply in love at least twice, lit Bill Clinton during the Monica-gate scandal, then went on to light Ah-nuld the Governator at his inaguration, and even kissed the girl (on top of a giant stone Lion in the middle of a marble fountain at Washington DC's Union Station, no less)???

Well, maybe JT Leroy, but I'm cuter.  So there. 

Oh, and I'm actually real. 

 

More seriously, I've been an activist of one sort or another pretty much my whole life.  I started in theatre as a kid and it ruined me early - - exposure to smart, challenging people on a regular basis just forced me to think critically.  And despite the setbacks, heartache, and suffering I've gone through, I still believe that we as a species have an abundance of possibilities ahead of us.  One really fortunate thing I experienced was an actual 'liberal arts' education, which poured into my head design principles, a huge amount of history and classics, and example after example of people who rose above the muck and helped others deal with the circumstances they were in.  Now, I suppose, that job falls to me.   

Life is absurd.  Life sucks, actually.  So what.  Go out and make someone happy.  

If you need ideas on just how to go about it, this site is here to help.


MORE ABOUT ME: (this section still under construction)

the 1960's

  • Ok, I was born right at the end of the decade, but hey they landed on the moon just then, so I'll go ahead and take credit for that.  I hear the music wasn't too bad back then.

the 1970's

  • That picture Mom kept of me (age 6) with the hideous green velvet bow tie and vest?  Not my fault.  My personal valet was home sick that day.
  • Once Nixon got the boot, my family lived overseas until about age 10, in some far off country noone's ever heard of.  Not much happened to make anyone think much about it, either.  Nope, nothing at all.  I was just another ex-pat in a strange land... called Iran.
  • When we moved home, oddly we came right back to the same house, on the same street that we'd left behind.  Having missed all the fun of becoming hostages, we were nonetheless pretty radically altered, and yet suburbia just absorbed us right in, as if all the riots and civil war had never happened.

the 1980's

  •  Not yet smart enough to realize the whole system was a crock, I spent the decade trying to figure out how to navigate 'the middle class'.  Did get a taste of real activism, thanks to the efforts of my aunt Susie, who fought back a multi-million dollar lawsuit and got some bad guys to stop pointless animal testing.  Oh, and she made me take part in Hands Across America.  Can't win 'em all.
  • Ahh, high school.   Yeah.    Some things are better left unsaid.
  • Ended the decade a fiery liberal crusader, bent on changing the world.  Went to Alaska to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and did help that effort.  Came back a lot less naiive, and more clued in about how things really are.  Oh yeah, spent a bunch of time in college chasing ladies, and sometimes even studying.

the 1990's

  •  Still dumb enough to think I knew everything, I graduated with big plans to move to the Left Coast, and change the world.  Got sidetracked by: a wrecked car, a job, falling in love.  Pretty much in that order.
  • Got dumber, founded a business even though I'd never done real work in my life.  It failed.  My lover left.  My dog died.  Started appreciating country music.
  • Reached new depths of dumbness, moved to Washingon, DC.  Decided world could get on all by itself thank you very much.
  • Read (was forced to read, actually) the novel Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn.  Finally, something that made sense.  Began reading more DQ, and other writers of similar ilk.  After reading The Story of B, realized that changing the world wasn't the goal, or even a side effect worth pursuing.   Changing minds, however... now that had some potential.
  • Around about 1998, made a plan to  radically alter my life, in an effort to live by more sustainable principles.  Actually followed through, and weeded out a lot of the ideas and things that were acting like anchors.

the naughty-oughts

  • Who I am now is bit complicated to describe.  The second company I helped found, Artisan Technical Services just turned 6 this July (2006); and that gives me no small amount of joy.  (It's a good thing, too, cause it sure aint given me plenty of dough).  It may not be easy to live by these principles, but it sure is worth the effort.  And ATS exists to be an example to other businesses.  Likewise, Ethotec, the 3rd firm I've helped create, is now in it's second full year and is attempting to bring the values of Sustainability to the world of computers and networks. 
  • These two projects alone keep me busy, but after all, no one is defined by how they make living.  My passions remain the arts- theatre, music, literature, painting.   Anyone who knows me knows that if I'm behind on a deadline, it's typically because I'm holed up trying to finish some ripping good book.
  • And of course, every waking moment I'm an activist.  I'm not so much the kind to man the barricades, or go storming the castle.  There are times and places for such things.  What I do is try to be mindful, and do my damndest to actually listen to what folks are saying.  It's hard, as I come from some stubborn, imposing stock, but always I'm trying.  When I find someone who seems to be looking for more in the way of answers than the pablum our media tosses out, I try to act as a guide.  This website is in no small part a result of this work.  The things you'll find here have been tested and proven, and as well they've found traction with people.  I can say with some authority they are useful, because by exposing people to them, I've seen them go on to help themselves.  If my life comes to an end tomorrow, I'll be content to know that I was able to share what I've learned widely, and that some good came of it.
  • For the last year, I've been meeting with people in discussions around the idea of formalizing the types of teaching and sharing that we do.  At the moment, it's looking like we'll be joining with the very dedicated folks of the Pachamama Alliance, and attempting some new projects under their umbrella.  If any of what you read here or discover in your readings from the resource lists is helpful or inspiring to you, maybe you will also decide to get involved with this new venture as well.  Feel free to drop me a line; or check out the file called 'long term' on the upload page.