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for all the nosy ones,

 here's me...

Name: Chris Klein

Age: now 19, at that point 17---->

hobbies: EMS'in (I'll explain later), Mountain Biking,
playing the saxophone (also explain later), collecting
quotes (explained later), photography, making websites, etc. 

Jobs: Residential Assistant (until 12/23/00) and
Assistant Database manager (until 12/23/00).

favorite quote (since I love to collect them):
"When in doubt, clear your mind and let your heart 
guide you" - who wrote that, I don't know. sorry.

back to some hobbies: 
EMS'in

what it is: Volunteering for Exchange Ambulance of the 
Islips

when it happens: WAY TOO MUCH!

why I like to do it: besides driving the 7 ton truck with
lights and sirens, EMS work can be simply summarized
as an eight hour shift, where you have 6 hours of boredom
followed by 4 or 5 - 1/2 breaks of shear terror. its fun!

upsides: get out of moving violations (thank god!), Team building skills (lord knows my RA job didn't help), knowledge of medicine, and how to help pretty much any emergency medical situation (within reason). also allows me to get a job in the future. 

downsides: long hours (I pull 3 or 4 shifts a week @ 6hrs a shift = 24 hours of volunteering a week), lots of boredom (long hours of nothing), sometimes encountering lots of BS on the job. 

more hobbies:

Saxophone:

what it is: Playing the Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone

when it happens: Way too little, haven't played in a couple of years

why I like to do it: Besides picking up the chicks (just kidding), its fun, playing an instrument allows one to become creative and allows people to express themselves in a different plane. for example, instead of telling people i feel sad, i play a song, "Round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk.

upsides: Like I said, Picking up the chicks!!!, again, just kidding. creativity, release of stress and most other emotions. only one it doesn't quite release is depression, because playing while I'm depressed makes me more depressed (weird). 

downsides:  for anyone who ever played the saxophone, u know what it does to your lips, after hours of playing, I start speaking like daffy duck. it also takes A TON of practice, for a saxophonist to be good, they have to play for many hours a week outside of normal performance; something i learned senior year of HS @ the Bayside High School Jazz Band. 

cool things I did with this hobby: i played with many famous musicians, like Herbie Hancock (jazz Pianist), Skitch Henderson (conductor of the NY Pops Orchestra). i also played for famous people, including John Glen, when he returned from space last time, if you watch the TV reels of the tickertape parade, BHS Jazz Band is sitting just to the side of the main stage in front of New York City Hall

One More Hobby:
collecting quotes:

what it is:  a sick obsession with quotes and always knowing when to use them :)

when it happens: whenever I find a new one.

here are a small collection I have: (these have come from many peoples profiles)

"Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles."

"Decide to be happy, knowing it's an attitude, a habit
gained from daily practice, and not a result or
payoff."

"When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown. Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen. There will be solid ground to stand on or you will be taught to fly."

"You can handle anything, including the end of the world as we know it, if at your side are friends with the proper attitude."

"Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday."

"Love doesn't make sense nor does sense make Love."

"the past is something I can't change, the future is what I make of it. embrace everyday as a new adventure, and live life to its fullest."

"Don't be reckless with other peoples hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours."

"Donít worry about the late job, or worry but knowing that worrying is as effective as trying to tie down a 350lb combative druggie with Ĺ in tape. The real problem is those calls that never crossed your mind. The kind that blindside you with a subpoena at 4pm on some idle Tuesday."

this is all for now, if you have questions about me, or want to add quotes, email me @ cklein@islipexchange.com