I do try to have a life outside of work and research. Hopefully this page will give you a sense of me outside of work. Basic stats: I am married to a beautiful and tolerant woman whom I've known since high school. We have two cats and too many books.

In my spare time, I like to make wine. The best wine I ever made was an apple wine from juice. The worst is currently sitting in my basement, and stinks (literally). I blame it on the friend I made it with, but in reality this is what you get when you use late harvested grapes that were trucked across country and then sat in a large refrigerator for weeks. There are about 20 gallons that I can't bear to, but should, put down the drain. My wife suffers most from this hobby, through taste tests of bad tasting wine and a messy basement.

I've played soccer since I was a little kid. I grew up watching the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks play in a high school stadium a couple miles from my house, and got to go to all of the 1994 World Cup games at Stanford Stadium. I run my school's graduate student soccer club, if you're in the area and want to play, shoot me an email. We're a friendly group!

Jess and Patty
Jess trying to steal Patty's flowers