For 33 years, up until November 20 2015, I was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Now I’m not. Sadness. Before that, I worked as a magazine editor in Los Angeles and Chicago as well as San Francisco. I also wrote a bunch of articles for ever so many magazines, from the well-known (Rolling Stone, New York) and some not so (American Capitalist, Business 2.0). I have one wife and two adult daughters and two grandkids and one cat and a home in Oakland. I’m on Facebook and Twitter (@jonrcarroll). I don’t eat as many salads as I should. I enjoy Thanksgiving and reality television; I think the United States should get out of the Middle East immediately and completely. I’ve learned a lot about life; most of it seems to be cliches.