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Last Online: October 7, 2020
Birthday: September 17, 1974
Country: United States
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Hello! My name is Robin!

I like to think of myself as a passionate, resourceful, imaginative, and artistic news-hound and activist who cares deeply about human rights, peace, social justice, and what happens in the world but doesn't lecture or proselytize, shun pop culture, or resist things that are shiny and have fringe. Especially shiny fringe!

Overall, I'm a very happy person. I strongly value kindness, warmth, respect, ingenuity, openmindedness, civic engagement, critical thinking, and humor. I'm a politically progressive and cynical know-it-all smartass but I also try very hard to be a good citizen, a good neighbor, a good dancer, and a good friend.

I'm 34. I live in California, USA (after many years, many jobs, and many dates in New York City). And I'm happily, happily married to my best friend -- a wonderful, sensitive, creative, loving, compassionate, and inspiring man. Oh he is so, so funny. I feel so loved and lucky.

Sometimes I like to imagine that there will be one year of my life in which every day I will have a different job. Day One I would drive the Zamboni ice resurfacer. Day Two I would be the Managing Editor of The New York Times. Day Three I would bake pitas in Amman, Jordan. Day Four I would wash the exterior windows of the Empire State Building. This idea is, obviously, in progress.

If we ever have an opportunity to play Name That Tune together, you want me on your team. I'm just sayin'.

Favorite Places + Activities

I spent a lot of my time in/at taquerias; sari shops; newsstands; garage sales; Thai, Japanese, and Mediterranean groceries; truck stops and diners; farmers' markets; thrift stores; sushi bars; old movie theaters with velvety red and probably uncomfortable seats; corrupt and decrepit public institutions (that one's for work); the YMCA; parades, fairs, and agricultural festivals; and now, I suppose, the post office.

I enjoy, in no particular order of enjoyment:

-- solving problems;
-- making crafts;
-- dancing;
-- cooking and discovering spicy, mostly international food;
-- making up inane but catchy songs about everyday objects and occurrences;
-- learning about, traveling, and exploring the world (and my neighborhood);
-- meeting people who ask great questions, introduce me to new things, and draw pictures as a way of explaining things;
-- giving excellent, precise directions and instructions;
-- pulling off, or at least scheming, pranks and practical (and impractical) jokes;
-- listening to other people's conversations, and often joining in;
-- taking things apart and then putting them back together, but sometimes differently, and only sometimes on purpose;
-- supporting family-, locally-, and cooperatively-owned newspapers, restaurants, shops, and businesses;
-- rollerskating, in roller rinks;
-- finding interesting stuff, like other people's grocery lists, on the street or in the trash;
-- ordering a pizza; and
-- collecting pictures of animals wearing clothes -- especially monkeys in police uniforms driving around in a patrol car. Bonus points if they're pulling someone over or making an arrest!

Favorite Things + Theories

I am quite fond of: talent shows; wigs; fireworks; Wurlitzers; tapirs; honey; environmental criminology; Storycorps; rope-swings; Sabado Gigante; absurdity; urban ethnography; political posters and paraphernalia of all sorts; ghost-riding the whip; argyle and striped socks; fresh air; anthropomorphized toilets; Tiger Balm; wind-up toys; flip books; zines and comic books; comic book stores; comic book store employees; maps; bento boxes; babies; nosy neighbors; crickets; crossword and jigsaw puzzles; Pinot Noir; Mexican Coca Cola; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; kawaii -- especially Miffy, Decole, and Cram Cream; "outsider" art; ethnomusicology; pinball; Skee-Ball; organic and homemade soaps; The Nation magazine; poorly-made local TV commercials; obscure trade journals; operations research; creepy staring dolls with broken fluttery eyelids; feminism; Trapped in the Closet; Venn diagrams; Heath ceramics; public radio; public transportation; turtles who think they move fast; little kids who brag that they once stayed up until "midnight"; jukeboxes; papel picado; dangly earrings; the Sky Mall catalogue; handmade shrines, jewelry, magnets, cloth napkins, notecards, stuffies, and [non-Christmas] ornaments; vanilla egg creams; Labello-brand "Med" lip balm; and drawings, paintings, and photographs of robins.

And rubber chickens and chattering teeth are never not funny.

Favorite Peoples

My husband; my mom, my dad, my brother, my nephews, and other assorted family members; Angela Davis; Mahatma Gandhi; Galway Kinnell; Margaret Cho; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Bella Abzug; Henny Youngman; Professor Irwin Corey, The World's Foremost Authority; Faith Ringgold; Margaret Sanger; Emma Goldman; Richard Scarry; Karl Marx; the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players; Pee Wee Herman; Molly Ivins; Ethel and Julius Rosenberg; Dick Bruna; Maira Kalman.

Honorable Mentions: people who clap when their plane lands; people who are not too shy to sing; people who know that starting The Wave is never a bad idea; the woman I saw at Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York) c. 2001 who held her swimsuit up with a leather belt, smoked in the ocean, and dried off with stolen Holiday Inn towels. Unforgettable.

Favorite Books

I love to read -- especially newspapers; political magazines; and books related to justice, crime, violence, tragedy, family dysfunction, or disaster.

Some of my favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz), Random Family (Adrian Nicole LeBlanc), The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (Jimmy Breslin), Manchild in a Promised Land (Claude Brown), The Book of Daniel (E.L. Doctorow), I May Not Get There with You (Michael Eric Dyson), The People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn), Changing Lenses (Howard Zehr), CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia (George Saunders), Name All the Animals (Alison Smith), Unequal Childhoods (Annette Lareau), Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell), Persepolis (Marjane Sartrapi), The Chelsea Whistle (Michelle Tea), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), Frog and Toad Are Friends (Arnold Lobel).

Favorite Foods + Flavors

Foodwise, I consider myself "vegetarian with privileges" -- that is, I cook and eat mostly plant-based foods, for planetary and political and health and feel-good reasons, but I will happily devour nearly anything that is barbecued, considered a local delicacy, originally from the sea, offered by gracious hosts, directly from a farm, or sold by a street vendor. Also, I employ a strict "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding the ingredients in gummy candy.

My favorite flavors are mint, grapefruit, pomegranate, honey, lime, watermelon, sage, lemon, garlic, clove, fig, and root beer/sarsaparilla. But not all mixed up-like.

Favorite Music

1960s-70s American soul; bhangra; Afropop; dub; reggae; regeton; disco; poppy punk; electronica; mariachi; klezmer; calypso; "experimental" music; black gospel; and loud Cuban/Latin jazz performed by groups with at least 11 members -- usually three of whom appear to be just standing around.

Some of my specific favorites include Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Commodores-era Lionel Richie, Sly and the Family Stone, Celia Cruz, Cesaria Evora, People Like Us, Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Samba Ngo, Kishore Kumar, Allan Sherman, Sergio Mendes, DJ Rekha, Shirley Ellis, Mahalia Jackson, Caetano Veloso, Carmen Miranda, the Polyphonic Spree, Destroyer, They Might Be Giants, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Lionel Belasco, Hugh Masekela, Donna Summer, the Mamas and the Papas, and most Peruvian street musicians.

Favorite Crafts

Beading, book-making, painting, paper mache (especially cartoneria), collage, decoupage, (limited) knitting, basket-making, shrinery, mask-making, screenprinting, decorating and displaying food, and all sorts of projects with found/recycled materials.

Favorite Movies

The Big Lebowski, Elling, In the Mood for Love, Amores Perros, Citizen Ruth, You Can Count on Me, Dog Day Afternoon, Hable Con Ella, Mala Educación, Do the Right Thing, But I'm A Cheerleader, The Castle, Together, The Dinner Game, Lilya 4-Ever, Om Shanti Om, Torremolinos 73, Mysterious Skin, Zelig, Annie Hall, Broadcast News, Raising Arizona, Fargo, Tin Men, Ghostbusters, Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse, about 2/3 of Paris Je T'aime, the Police Academy movies.

I also love Bollywood films, old campy musicals, film noir classics, documentaries, the Marx Brothers, and B-grade-and-below science fiction. I'll go to a film festival for just about anything.

And you always get your money's worth with Delroy Lindo.


For many years, my dad and I have competed in a Boring Dreams Contest. You may be interested to know that I have held the Most Boring Dreamer title since 1999 when, one night, I dreamt that I ran out of aluminum foil.

I am a card-carrying member of the NAACP, the ACLU, and the International Federation of Competitive Eating. I am also one of two founding members of The Marmots.

I would love to learn more about topiary gardening, biodiesel fuel, fractals, sewing, the Cuban Revolution (make that any revolution), the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and sous vide cooking.

Currently, I am especially fascinated with terrariums, the Rotato, Dennis Kucinich, the Puppy Mover Monorail, the possibility of traveling to Argentina, strawberry-mint muffins, and crappy zoos.

I want to spend every Wednesday night of my life at Amateur Night at the Apollo. I want to spend every Thursday night of my life at Porky's Pizza Palace in San Leandro with the Oakland All-Star Banjo Band. I don't want to spend every Thursday morning of my life on a transcontinental flight, alas.

I am a total sucker for a good story, and I will ask to hear it again and again. I especially love stories involving Sticking It To The Man, wacky mix-ups, misguided theories, bad dates, bad judgment, weird jobs, bizarre inventions, interesting subcultures, any sort of "farce," and misadventures with The Law. I would love to hear your stories -- all kinds.


Suzanne rated for Membership Swap on May 24, 2009
Comment: Thanks!
LOLA rated for Tina Wyatt Anna Tim & Steve Swap #12 on Aug 4, 2008
Comment: You are so vunderful dahling! I am most honored!
RoseHips rated for Matchbox Mafia Contest #3 on Aug 4, 2008
Comment: You always know how to make me laugh. I almost peed my pants when I read the part about Elliott thinking your matchboxes were cookings and trying to eat them in the middle of the night!!! Good thing he didn't dip them in milk first.
alicepalace rated for Private CD Mix Ring on Jul 11, 2008
kiki rated for Tina Wyatt Anna Tim & Steve Swap #8 on Jun 27, 2008
Comment: I, too, love the pirate parrot! And who knew about the Loch Ness Monster, my goodness! I'm in love with both things, and of course, with you! Thank you so much! xxo :D
kiki rated for Private CD Mix Ring on Jun 13, 2008
Comment: Thanks for the mix! It's really good...thanks for turning me on to some new stuff! (I have to admit though, that I really don't care for the "kitten" song. It's just sad! :( ) xxo
KerrWriter rated for Private CD Mix Ring on Jun 4, 2008
Comment: Lots of stuff that is new to me so I'm looking forward to listening. I'm taking them all to Thailand with me so I'll have some new tunes doing my long days away. Thanks again. I love the stitching on the case.
girlonaglide rated for Private CD Mix Ring on Jun 1, 2008
Comment: Great selection of tunes... thanks!!
nicole rated for Private CD Mix Ring on Jun 1, 2008
Comment: love the stitched cover! cant wait to give it a listen!
RudeNun rated for Private CD Mix Ring on May 31, 2008
Comment: Love, love, love the mix! I've been listening to it non-stop since I received it! Thank you!!
RoseHips rated for Private CD Mix Ring on May 31, 2008
Comment: Your envelope was so cool I didn't want to open it! Love the CD packaging too! Can't wait to rock out. xoxo <3 xoxo
Chickpea rated for Private CD Mix Ring on May 31, 2008
Comment: Fun mix! Thanks for sharing!
cbzcando rated for Private CD Mix Ring on May 28, 2008
Comment: Uh huh, oh yeah! Can't wait to listen to it all. You have really nice handwriting and the package looked so pretty! Thank you XOXO
Chickpea rated for Tina Wyatt Anna Tim & Steve Swap #7 on May 17, 2008
Comment: That was hilarious!!! Bat's letter cracked me up, and the extras were super fun too. Bat is free to stay with us long time. No problem. I'm glad she's okay with vegan food.
mrsD rated for Tina Wyatt Anna Tim & Steve Swap #4 on Apr 3, 2008
Comment: I love my ginger twats! thank you SO much!!
kittenmeowmeow rated for Clothed animal postcard on Apr 1, 2008
Comment: awsome. i love swap your idea.
happypup rated for Clothed animal postcard on Mar 28, 2008
Comment: I love the pc you made and the explanation of your name. thanks much!
garboodles rated for Clothed animal postcard on Mar 27, 2008
Comment: this was a fine example of whimsical quirkiness. Loved the image you made. Thank you so much.. this was fun !!!
kiki rated for Fart Swap on Mar 17, 2008
Comment: Oh. My. God. Quite possible one of the best swaps I've EVER received! I love every single thing! It was packaged so wonderfully and so much attention was put into every little detail. You are AWESOME! Thank you thank you thank you! If I could give you eleventy billion hearts, I would! :D xxo
Crystal8577 rated for My favorite recipe on Mar 3, 2008
Comment: Thank you.

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spaceanddeath on Sep 18, 2009:

Just invited you to Swapping for a Better World, a new social justice swapping group I'm starting. I thought you might be interested based on the info in your profile. Please feel free to suggests others to invite if you like.


classychica on Oct 8, 2008:

Hola Mujer I haven't heard from you in like two days near forever...I hope all is well ...Did your husband ever fix the bird?...Any hoo I'm a Texan now I live in San Antonio. Well hugs


sininjenny on Sep 10, 2008:

Thanks for the postcard!

Banshee on Sep 10, 2008:


Just to invite you to All the music I have swap

join us, please! =)

krissi on Jul 17, 2008:

Get "on board" with the other Seasick Chicas and celebrate the Crafty Chica Spread the Sparkle Tour with a themed swap!


RoseHips on Jun 30, 2008:

Thanks for the fab package! Mail from you is the best sort of mail. :) You're right, I loved the goodness that you picked out for me. <3

krissi on Jun 6, 2008:

Two new swaps in the Shrine -o- Mine group:

bottlecap shrine and big-ass matchbox shrine!

Passwords are in the forum.

cbzcando on Jun 2, 2008:

Let it be known that for the entire day of June 2nd, bss shall be addressed endearingly as bff*

*disclaimer: the ff stands for funky friend, not that forever stuff :P

RoseHips on May 12, 2008:

I want you to be my neighbor.

I love your profile.

Can't we swap? I need BSS mail ASAP!

I would love to meet you around Christmas. I may be up in PA for awhile, but am not sure yet.

(I don't have my holiday plans 7 months in advance, like SOME people.)

RogueArtist on May 8, 2008:

A quick reminder: If you haven't posted to the group forums in 14 days, please do so.

This group does require at least a "check in" note to the forums every two weeks.

thank you! Lynn

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