The author is currently living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he arrived in October 2013 to begin a two-year work assignment. He has also resided in Mexico, Colombia, Iraq, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Japan, along with parts of the United States including Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. Along this swaggering pathway to global bad-assery, he has traveled big chunks of the Americas plus wee additional bits of the Middle East, East Asia, and Western Europe. He’s an avid reader and documentary film fanatic, not to mention an unwavering fan of all things heavy metal, waving a particularly blazing torch for classic era death metal. This blog marks his first “serious” literary endeavor, though he did once publish a short piece for BBC about beating up another kid in high school, plus two short concert reviews in America’s finest extreme music monthly, Decibel Magazine.