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photographing across Russia & Mongolia
This past year I was teaching 8th grade math in New York City, and am about to leave for a trip across Russia with two friends. As a respite from my students, I am quite involved with photography (please visit www.karimkai.com to see some images) and writing. My last writing adventure, though, was with the John Kerry for President campaign, and we all know how that turned out.
I studied economics at Stanford University, and received my Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. I am, therefore, a master of education, though I'm still waiting to figure out what that means. Can I bend chalk with my laser vision? Telepathically program a calculator?
After college (the first time), I traveled around the world. I followed the Silk Road from Beijing to Uzbekistan, worked as a deer farmer in Italy, and taught photography & creative writing beneath Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro. I also made a short film on Brazil's island of Itaparica, which you can see on my website.
I think the Matrix is real. I think Neo is possible. I think the worst feeling in the world must be to look back on a life and, just before death, thinking, "Oh, wait, there was something I meant to do."
- raindrops on roses & whiskers on kittens
- land rovers, preferably in Land Rovers
Music, Movies, and Books
- The Matrix
- Shel Silverstein
- John Steinbeck (esp. The Grapes of Wrath)
- Hemingway, but not too much, as it gets a bit tiring
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
When I was volunteering as an EMT (i.e. on the ambulance), I had to tell an elderly woman that her husband of 60 years had died. He had a heart attack and the fire department was unable to revive him. While they tried, I sat with her in her kitchen, and listened as she described how she had cared for her mother, her sister and, recently, her husband. When the fire fighter came down and shook his head to me, I looked at her and said, "I'm very sorry, but..." She stopped me mid-sentence--she probably knew before any of us, to be sure--and squeezed my hand.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd be happy to help you with math. HA! Even better, I can help you improve your photography!