dsc02192smaller.jpgWe live in an age of accountability. Teachers are accountable to the government. Corporations accountable to third-world countries, and memoirists to their audiences.

And so I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon?

As a graduate student and twentysomething New Yorker I realized that awareness of things around me and critical commentary was all a part of the air I breathe. And since I don’t get a chance to spout off in free-form in other parts of my life, I thought a blog might be useful. If I want to be a writer, of any sort, I figure that it is important to practice articulating my ideas in a public forum (even if it is only a handful of readers). The mere idea of audience forces a refinement that hopefully will be useful for my own development. And so I consider myself accountable to you, the reader, whomever and wherever you are.

It also lets me share photos of my cats. And I’m always looking for an excuse to do that.

But seriously, I think blogging can be a useful tool to keep in touch with friends and family, let others learn a bit more about you, see how cool our generation really is (I’m getting a little tired of all the GenX and GenY insults), and just share interesting thoughts, ideas, and tidbits.

And that’s why I created (or in this case revamped the original version) Light Rail Coyote. Maybe it accomplishes this. Maybe you think I’m just talking out my arse. Whichever, it’s a free world, and you can always blog about it. 🙂

So, why the name?

Well, my favorite band of all time, and arguably the best rock band of my generation, is Sleater-Kinney. Although they’ve gone on indefinite hiatus (a fact about which I remain in complete denial), they accomplished so much for rock music, and women in music/arts than anyone I know of. They have so many great songs that I can’t pick a favorite, but “Light Rail Coyote” would be high on my list. Anyway, there are two reasons I chose this song as inspiration for my blog. First, although they are describing Portland (I assume) the lyrics convey a lot of how I feel about New York and everything I love about being in the city. Second, in the booklet that comes with the disc (One Beat) they talk about a coyote who hopped on the MAX light-rail transit in Portland (see photo below from Oregonian Newspaper). I guess I just admired his tenacity, and how content he looks perched atop the bench.

But I suppose you clicked this “About the Author” page for a reason…so:

Valerie is a twentysomething New Yorker* (by way of Central Florida…yeeha!) who spends her days working on her PhD studies and teaching undergraduate psychology. She loves knitting and cats, but at the present time a certain cat of hers will not allow for knitting to take place due to his overwhelming desire to eat all things wool. She is an ardent Mets fan (despite their shameful collapse) and regularly TiVos Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy. She is addicted to her Blackberry and MacBook and gets very upset whenever people talk about problems related to toenails. And that might be more than you wanted to know.

*Yes, I consider myself a New Yorker. I’ve lived here for nearly four years, suffered through the winters, gone to the emergency room after slipping on “black ice”, been pooped on by a pigeon and, above all, I pay New York rent every month. So if that doesn’t make me a New Yorker I don’t know what does. I also love the city. Absolutely love it.


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