Hi! Welcome to Blue Collar, Black Tie, our little corner of the internet. Let’s start with introductions….
We’re Jim and Terri. When we got married many years ago, we never thought we would be attending symphonies and art galleries, to say nothing of staying in fancy hotels and going to red carpet movie premieres, but it’s turned out that we’ve done a lot more of that sort of thing than we expected. Eventually it occurred to us that there are probably a lot of other people out there who are just like us; ordinary people from working-class families, who nonetheless enjoy art and theater and a nice glass of good wine. Like us, maybe they’ve found ways to indulge their taste for luxury without going broke, or maybe they’d like to give it a try. And that’s what we’re here for.
A little more about us:
I’m one of a family of five boys; my parents had a high school education but never went to college. I dabbled in community college for years, taking whatever classes sounded interesting, but never taking a single class that was required for graduation until very recently. When I’m feeling snobby, I call myself an autodidact (“self-taught”), but the truth is I know just enough about a wide enough variety of subjects to appear well-read, at least to those who aren’t. As C.S. Lewis once said, “any real scholar will know at once exactly what and how little I have read.” Even so, I have a lifelong love for art, theater, film, and a variety of other subjects. I’ve earned a living as a graphic designer and cartoonist-illustrator before taking up writing and blogging in 2010, primarily serving as an occasional contributor to Wired.com’s GeekDad site. Writing for GeekDad has provided me with many unique experiences, some of which I may share here as the occasion warrants. I’m also a nationally-certified archery coach.
I was raised by a single mother who did not finish college, but loved the arts. A high school drop-out, I worked as a secretary, preschool teacher, daycare provider and over the course of 15 years earned a BS and MA in Education while raising our three wonderful children. I love to read, cook, attend museums, concerts and plays, travel, shop at thrift stores and flea markets, and entertain at home. We are in year twelve of the ongoing rehabilitation of our 100-year old craftsman home. I’m also a nationally-certified archery coach.