There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, lets meet Mlippart.
1. What’s your name, age and whereabouts?
On DW I go by mlippart, but my real name Matthew Lippart. I’m 34, currently living in Kinshasa, in the DRC.
2. What’s your relationship status?
In a relationship.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
I teach Math during the day (11- 14-year-olds, mostly), so that’s the bulk of my time. At night I usually try to score free dinners with colleagues between bouts of writing and music.
4. How do you spend your free time?
In Kinshasa, not very many social activities, haha, but I usually get out to some jazz clubs, go on hikes, group BBQs, things like that. As mentioned above, I am an avid writer (self-published a few things thus far) and try to put something on paper every day.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
Likes: Adventure and kindness. Also, tastes that deviate from the norm (musically and literary, mostly).
Dislikes: people who do not have an open mind and who dismiss other people’s thoughts and beliefs because they are not “mainstream,” whatever that means.
6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given?
“If you are complaining about her so much, why are you still with her?” Made me see that particular relationship in a completely new way. Not only that relationship, but every one I have had since that point — the idea that happiness and a sense of normalcy was actually attainable.
7. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
People show you who they are — the problem is that we never notice until too late.
8. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?
STFU parents.com, Slate.com, passiveagressivenotes.com.
*If you’d like to be a Reader of the Week, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Reader of the Week” in the subject line and I’ll send you some questions to answer.