As the website would suggest, I am very much a fan of music. Besides Walter Egan and his various bands, I am an admirer of artists like Tom Petty, Lindsey Buckingham (a friend of mine, Jessica Sneed, runs the official website at LindseyBuckingham.com), Warren Zevon, Billy Burnette, John Stewart, and Eric Clapton as well as more recent artists like Live, Matchbox 20, and Mumford and Sons.
I'm also quite the lover of movies and my collection of DVDs is ever-expanding (and is at over 500 at this point). I've compiled sort of a rudimentary database of my collection, which can be found here: Tory's Movies - Main Index
In keeping with my occupation, I seem to have amassed quite a collection of critters – includin a cat, some rats, some firebelly toads, some fish and some shrimp. I am also a proponent of animal rights. I have donated to animal and environmental charities including:
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Defenders of Wildlife
Evironmental Defense Fund
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
American Humane Association (AHA)
North Shore Animal League (NSAL)
Best Friends Animal Society
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine(PCRM)
I also enjoy writing fiction, mostly in the form of short stories. I am in the process of finishing my first novel and will soon begin seeking a publisher. I have never before attempted to publish any of my work, so this will be a totally new experience for me.
My friends and I also make at least one annual pilgrimage to the Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister, CA (which takes place for a few weeks in autumn), and yes, we attend in costume but are not employees of the faire. <
In addition,I've founded another website, dedicated to another favorite artist - Billy Burnette, you can check it out at the following address:
I also run the official Malibooz website at Malibooz.net, which I hope to overhaul if I ever get the time for it.
As for Walternative.com, I know it's a rather simplistic site, but now that I've learned more about web design and html, I intend to revamp it when time permits or, you know, when pigs fly. Whichever happens first.