I’m the boyfriend your cat, who’s never liked anyone other than you, likes. Strangers frequently tell me their life stories. I once lit up a cigar and asked for help at the Nordstrom’s perfume counter. I think there should be a national holiday for things that typically go unnoticed. People have told me I'm good at listening and connecting with what's good in people. I'm a Zen Buddhist who teaches English and film to undergrads and does an uncanny Neil Diamond impersonation. In these quarantine days I’m working from home, reading on my porch, video chatting with relatives and friends, viewing old films, playing music, and watching my hair grow like a Chia Pet.