I was born in Falls Church, Virginia and raised in Orange County California and Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m married to a great girl named Robin, we have two kids  and have had three Bernese Mountain Dogs named Tag, Blaise and now Hudson. I love running, swimming and biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. I’m now a lawyer who wants to write novels, make movies, start a record label and play in a band (in no particular order).  This is my blog.

Favorite Bands: 

Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, U2, Counting Crows, Better Than Ezra, Third Eye Blind, Snow Patrol, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Gomez, Pete Yorn, The Killers, The Fray, Augustana, The Damnwells, The All-American Rejects, Blink 182, +44, Interpol

Favorite Movies:

The Good The Bad and the Ugly, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, O Brother Where Art Thou, Intolerable Cruelty, Snatch, Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, Layer Cake, The Matrix, Swingers, Groundhog Day, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Riding Giants, New York Doll

Favorite Books:

The Once and Future King, Heart of Darkness, The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Silmarillion, the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Earthsea Trilogy, The Wheel of Time, The Amber Series, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Crying of Lot 49. I also love reading biographies and histories, especially those by David McCullough, Edmund Morris and Doris Kearns Goodwin.


Your comments on any of my posts or pages are always welcome, but please be courteous.  For those of you who need an explanation of that concept (you know who you are), this means no personal attacks and no disparaging or ridiculing (as opposed to intelligently critiquing) the beliefs or opinions of others.  Those of you who can’t follow this simple rule will have your comments deleted.  Thanks.

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25 Responses

  1. I’m finally making my way to other blogs! I love yours, interesting stuff!

    So I think you have great taste in music and I find it interesting that you are a Lawyer! It seems there are a whole lot of Mormon Lawyers out there! weird 🙂

    Anyways thanks for commenting on my blog! I’m so glad to have super cool mormons and not just anti! I feel like I can breathe now! 🙂

  2. Thanks Steff! I really appreciate you stopping by, I love your blog and enjoy hanging out with you and the crowd there. You have a unique mix of personalities that’s for sure.

    Being a lawyer is part of the DNA in my family. There are a lot of Mormon lawyers in the bloggernacle and luckily most of them are fun and interesting.

  3. Riding Giants, my wife gives me such a hard time everytime I watch it, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WATCHED THIS? I lost count 🙂

    Cool blog MCQ.

  4. Thanks, Coventry! See, I told you we were a lot alike.

  5. MCQ

    After all this blogging I think I am going to start building my own blog as well.

  6. Good! Then Steff and Ray and I can have a place to hang out and have a virtual beer.

  7. Cool 🙂 I will make sure it is an O’Douls

  8. Where can I email you MCQ? I promise, no spam or NuStar.

  9. Here you go:

    markcquinn at comcast dot net

  10. I loved Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. You need to see “No Country For Old Men”. It’s not Guy Ritchie but a Coen Brothers film. But same brutal behavior. I’ll have to check out Snatch.

  11. Seen it! I really liked it but it’s not my favorite Coen film. That would be Miller’s Crossing, the greatest film ever made.

  12. Ha! Bro Quinn! Pretty sure I love all the same bands you do and I also want to write novels. Thanks for the tips on FMH. I organized an activity they said they wanted, and no one showed up. I’ll keep trying . . .

  13. Yeah, I was sorry to read that, and especially sorry about your Valentine’s eve. That totally sucked. Here’s wishing you a better day tomorrow!

    Pretty sure I love all the same bands you do and I also want to write novels.

    I always knew you had good taste.

  14. Bernese Mountain Dog, there was a lady in England that had one in this little tiny garden area of a yard and it was mainly an indoor dog …. but just loved it… those dogs are so cool.

  15. Yeah, ours are indoor dogs too. They don’t like to stay outside, they like to be on your lap. They forget how big they are.

  16. We have 4 Chihuahua’s all under 5lbs so that just = one dog, and 2 chow chow’s that are getting up in years, the male chow chow is over 15 which is amazing. Love lap dogs 🙂

  17. I’m now a lawyer who wants to …start a record label and play in a band (in no particular order).

    tyhat was/ismy childhood dream. I still keep the idea tucked in the back of my head just in case…

  18. uftda!

    sorry for all the typos, i’ve got a bandage on my index finger and it makes typing difficult.

  19. bandage…from playing guitar?

  20. How did I not meet you at Sunstone? We are in agreement on half of your “best bands” and decidedly not on the other half! I was friends with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 in high school so I saw some very early shows. Have you heard Everything Absent or Distorted? Denver band, used to play with the Fray?

  21. I probably did meet you at Sunstone, but didn’t know it. Were you at the blogging panel?

    I haven’t heard that band, but I’ll look them up. I should update the above list, because my favorite band right now is Kings Of Leon.

  22. Yes and I was the one with the crazy kid. We weren’t as subtle as I wished to be!

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