Kathe Grant

Welcome to my web page. (And, y&127;ep. That's me, up there.) I hope you enjoy your visit. This is my virgin foray into the wonderful world of the web, so... be kind.

I'm the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The fact that I mention my profession first might suggest that this is the most important aspect of my life. This is actually far from true. But it does seem that people usually identify themselves first by their profession and only later, by their interests. And while I like my job there are other activities I enjoy far, far more.

Like dancing, for example.

I adore dancing, both couples - particularly West Coast Swing - but I've been known to do a little hip-hop. Along with some Jitterbug and a smattering of Lindy Hop. And Ithaca is a wonderful place for a dancer to live since it's the home of the Ithaca Swing Dance Network.  Tthe Ithaca Swing Dance Network is a surprisingly large and active dance community in the middle of Upstate New York. So, if you ever see me on the dance floor, feel free to introduce yourself. I'm the petite brunette with long curly hair and a tattoo of a dragon (whose name is "Clarence") emblazoned on her right shoulder.

As a dancer, I naturally love music, particularly the blues and rock 'n' roll. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers, Sue Foley, ZZ Top, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds are among my favorites. But when I'm not swayin' to the music, it's very likely that you'll find me cruising around somewhere on my bike - another one of my passions.

That's my bike at the left. I've been solo riding since 1992 and the bike pictured at the left  (or one just like it), an 883 Harley-Davidson Sportster Hugger, is mine. I'm always interested in talking/riding with fellow female solo riders, so drop me an e-mail at grant@cs.cornell.edu. If you live in the area, you can probably talk me into going for ride.

Since I'm a biker, I naturally have a tattoo. After all, what's a biker without a tat? Granted, most people don't name their tattoos, but Clarence is very much a part of me. He expresses certain aspects of my personality. One is the love of riding, but he also symbolizes my passion for medieval literature&127;. You know, chivalric tradition = iron horse. (OK. So it's a stretch.) But, if you're looking for something fun and spicy, check out Old French Fabliaux, which are essentially short dirty stories. If published today, I'm sure they would definitely be candidates for the banned books list. Some medieval lit was funny (and a little nasty) long before Monty Python and the Holy Grail appeared on the scene.