Who is this MJV?
He is I, Matt Villano.
The J stands for Jacob, my middle name. I'm an only child. I stand about six feet tall. I've got dark hair and olive skin. My nose is usually stuffed. I don't need much sleep at night, and my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I make a mean salad. I'm most comfortable in jeans and an old T-shirt. Or a sweatshirt.
Some things about me:
Now you know about my main passions. To understand these passions is to understand MJV. But that's only the beginning. Here are some of the other things I think make this world fun:
- I'm a full-time freelance writer. I've written about everything under the sun, from Moonies to Mercedes-Benz, Borneo to baseball. I've written for magazines, newspapers, newsletters, Web sites, aquariums, advertising and marketing firms, radio, TV, even corporate executives.
I also do some editing from time to time.
I'm a multimedia whiz, and an Internet video and audio star. I even earn good money.
If you don't believe me, check out my resume.
If you want to read some (not all) of the stuff I've written over the years, grab a scotch and check out my online library of work.
- When I'm not typing away at my computer, I'm probably studying whales and dolphins. Some people like trains, others like a sport they play. I like cetaceans. I watch them. I read about them. I spend a good bit of time thinking about them, too. More than anything, I enjoy observing people interact with these magical creatures. Everyone remembers the first time they saw a whale. Whales seem to touch the human spirit like nothing else. Someday, I hope to write a book on this subject.
- I've always loved teaching, and during the summer of 2007, I taught a class at San Francisco State University. The class was JOUR-300, a reporting course in the journalism department. I had 23 students in all, and think I made the experience informative and fun.
- At one point in history, I also was a huge fan of the game of baseball. Before steroids and A-Rod, I loved the New York Yankees,
and represented the fourth generation of baseball fans in my family. I've resigned as a fan, but my past is no secret: I loved the national pastime. And like the big dork I am, I kept score of every game I attended, so if you're interested in seeing how much of a fan I really was, be sure to visit my Baseball Journal.
My wife; my daughters; Coomer; whales;
Salt bagels; the New Yorker; Sonoma County; "The Vampire Diaries";
Dar Williams; Seattle; emus; Central Park; Paul O'Neill;
Gamesville; Mario Cuomo; Editor & Publisher; Moxy Fruvous; Gloucester, Mass.; Harp of Burma; running; HomeSite; singer/songwriter Paul Simon; "Project Runway"; Montara Mountain; GPS devices; sea green crayons; John McPhee;
ESPN; Kathleen Edwards; peppermint stick ice cream; Las Vegas; Hector Berlioz; tuna fish; Bruce Springsteen; "Wild Gaper" wine; reduced fat Wheat Thins; Coldplay; soft coated wheaten terriers; Tracy Kidder; Earl Grey tea;
the Indigo Girls; kayaking; Northport, N.Y.; clementines;
Edie Carey; gerunds; sushi; (the late) M&R bar;
Dell computers; "Glee"; the Chicago Blackhawks; Chanticleer; churrascaria restaurants; poker; Nick Drake;
Mom and Dad; Torrone nougat candies;
Greg Brown; night bike rides with Dave; El Famous Burrito; Alaska; craps; Ethopian food; coolerheart; the book, "Moby Dick"; GORP; Rusted Root; Barney Greengrass;
e-mail; Bob Talbot; Linux; the San Juan Islands; pineapples; El Gran Amigo; camping;
Bjork; Nissan Xterras; mini bars;
Dan McCourt; Vancouver Island, British Columbia; the last name Yoder; poker; swimming caps;
Martin Sexton; Coming into the Country; avocados; black labrador puppies; fog; Matt's in the Market; Gunther's Tap Room; the indie flick, "Once"; e.e. cummings; Whitefish, Mont.;
REI; homemade hummus; cowbells; the
WNBA; Jared Fogle; Half Moon Bay, Calif.; Marisa Tomei; Josh Rouse; Camelbak packs; my orthotics; XM Radio channel 15, Lima, Peru, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Land Rovers; pisco; Lentejas from Nestle; comedian Jon LaJoie; the word "power"; Tofino, B.C.; Caesars Palace; the Society of American Travel Writers; Ray's Pizza; United Airlines; Melody Gardot; chana masala; Briggs & Riley luggage; Healdsburg, Calif.; The Economist; Toyota Prius.