I usually do not like talking about myself, so bear with me on this. But to be completely honest, I hate it. It’s like hearing a recording of your voice. “Wait, do I really sound like that?” Nevertheless, here is a little background info on who I am.
My name is Clayton Walter Menzel. My name was originally supposed to be Walter Ernest Menzel III, but my mother said she would divorce my father if he named me that, so he settled for Walter as my middle name. They are still together, so I guess it was a good early compromise. I grew up in sunny Sarasota, Florida. I spent most of my childhood at the beach, in a pool, or playing 8ball at whatever bar my mom spent her Friday happy hour (very Florida).
I have a degree in political science from Florida State University and I always dreamed of becoming a politician. That dream is most certainly dead (as of now). I used to work on political campaigns, which is a very thankless job, especially if your candidate loses the election. In 2016, while working in Philadelphia for Hillary Clinton, I worked 12 hours a day for 120 days straight. I was smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day, and I lost over 15 pounds. I was literally killing myself. After we lost, I knew I had to do something different.
In January of 2017, I moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn with no job and barely any money. It was the best decision I have made in my life. I managed to get a job doing community based work at a tech company, and I have been working in tech ever since. I am currently growing and fostering community at YEN.io. I never thought that life would take me in this direction, but I currently cannot picture living or working anywhere else.
I am a lover of many things, but some of my current favorites are a slice of pizza from Scarr’s, a bottle of Le vin de ma cocotte, Fela Kuti, my quasi office, and the pool table at my neighborhood bar. I would however say that my favorite thing/obsession that never changes is people. I love meeting new people. Finding out what makes people tick, what makes them happy, what makes them sad, not only makes me better at my job, but it also makes me a better person.
Anyway, I hope this blog will give you some insight into the life/thoughts of a stereotypical white, hipster, yuppie-ish Bushwickian. It should be just as exciting as it sounds.
“Everyday is a blessing.”Me