I have no expectations for this site, I'm just here to see what
happens, what comes of it. Hanging out, friendships, whatever -
it's all pretty "que sera sera" on this side. I recently started
dating someone and I'm pretty happy about that, and him, so I'm not
looking for dates or nookie, but cool folks who like what they read
should definitely say "hi." That established, let's see - I'm an
Anglophile, a trivia fan, and love bloopers and outtakes,
especially of newscasters. (That's embarrassing, yes, but why
pretend?) Reading is fundamental. (I've always felt bad for people
who can't read in the car.) History, I think, is our greatest
story. Travel is golden. (A lot of my lottery winnings in the
fantasy lottery I win in my imagination occasionally would go
toward travel.) Writing and singing also do really well in the
ATK's Favorite Pastimes Olympics. Gold medalists. (I don't do
either for anything other than personal enjoyment. That is, I'm not
in a choir, a musical, or band. Nor am I typically paid for what I
write, though I'm working on changing that.) Mucking around in the
kitchen (in a non-foodie way), music, laughing, and old movies are
also heavy hitters, enjoyment-wise. I'm a sucker for guys in
glasses, and the pre-Hipster remix of nerdy/geeky/punky sort.
What I’m doing with my life
Is this question supposed to be about work? About the sort of job I
do? Hmm. My last job is kind of hard to explain without going into
tedious, somewhat obscure detail. Suffice to say it had to do with
Internet content, travel, websites like Orbitz and management.
Right now, though, I'm mostly preoccupied with assessing what else
I'd like to do with my life.
I’m really good at
Laughing, writing, fidgeting - alas - goofiness, a romantic take on
life, objectivity, trying to find my part, spacial estimation,
which comes in super-handy when putting away leftovers, don't
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm a guy, I should imagine. That aside, and I can only go on
feedback here, I guess I'd have to say my eyes? (Which always
strikes me as sort of odd. They're just brown eyes. They're fine.
But they're no big woo.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This is probably my favorite part, because I think compatibility,
all sorts, is very much about aesthetics. "Matching" is good, sure,
but so is "complementary."
(None of these are in any kind of order.)
Books - "Gone with the Wind," "The Lion in Winter," "Wicked," "A
Short History of Nearly Everything," almost any royal biography,
"Running with Scissors," "Dry," almost any European history book,
cookbooks, the occasional comic book.
Movies - "The Queen," "Weekend," "Truth or Dare," "Queen
Christina," "The Hangover," "Ninotchka," "Camille," "Star Wars,"
"The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," "Beautiful Thing,"
Emma," "Chocolat," "Clueless," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Sliding
Doors," "Rear Window," "The Philadelphia Story," "Postcards from
the Edge," "War of the Roses," "Charade," "Mary Poppins," "Gone
with the Wind," "Overboard," "9 to 5," Desperately Seeking Susan,"
"Her Majesty Mrs. Brown," "Stage Door," "Bringing Up Baby," "Sense
and Sensibility," "Wait Until Dark," "Desk Set," "Two for the
Road," "Auntie Mame," "Adam's Rib."
TV - I'm a little out of the loop. However - "Arrested
Development," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "My So-Called Life," "Mad
About You," "Popular," any French & Saunders, "Golden Girls,"
"Downton Abbey," "Modern Family."
Music - Scissor Sisters, The Ballet, Madonna, Patrick Wolf,
Geographer, Blondie, Vampire Weekend, Erasure, Kisses, REM, Mobius
Band, Morrissey, The Beatles, The Smiths, Hidden Cameras, Coconut
Records, Depeche Mode, and it's starting to look like I'm going to
love the Sounds of Arrows album when it comes out. (Ed note: It's
out now. I do love it.)
Food - french fries - skinny-type, marinara sauce, salad(s) - all
sorts, pizza - NJ/NYC-style, a good steak, Pho is like a dream in a
bowl, grits, collard greens and hush puppies, thanks to my Southern
mom, salami, cheeses, scones with clotted cream...uh...am I
supposed to be doing this by ethnicity, e.g. "Thai," and so forth?
Huh. Any cuisine is fine by me: my dislikes come mostly in two,
unfortunately large, categories - seafood and mushrooms. Never met
a fungus I didn't dislike, and if it lived in water, no matter what
kind of water, no matter whether or not it has or had a shell, I am
not going to find it tasty. I find it a bit annoying to be honest -
kind of counts out an awful lot of food options - and if they
invented a magical "Make Seafood Tasty" pill, I'd definitely take
The six things I could never do without
If you think about this literally, it's a really scary question,
because everything on this list is something one will, at some
point, have to do without.
My kid blanket. Yes, I still have it. I still use it. Not
Linus-style. In a practical way. It's a big blanket. It's good for
naps. Plus, I've had it since I was, like, one.
My father's St. Christopher medal/necklace. I'm not religious, it's
just that it was my dad's. Not complicated.
My sense of humour.
Six things? Who came up with this number? Oye. Moving on...
Christmas. I'm a total Christmas head. Love it.
I think I'm done. For now, anyway. (I think I over thought this
one. It happens.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
That the world is way too full of stuff we've made. Ok, I don't
spend a lot of time thinking about this, but, for instance, when
I'm at a mall, I look around, and think "This is only ONE mall in
the entire world, out of...how many?! And see that pile of jeans
there? Those are only, say, 12 pairs of jeans. But there are more
in the back. And there are more of these stores (insert chain name
here) all over the world, hundreds and hundreds. And this is just
one garment in one store." And so on and so on. Which always leads
me to "Where are we going to put all this crap?" Not EVERY movie
needs to come out on DVD and Blu-Ray.
I also spend a ton of time thinking about the second question here.
Probably more than I do the above jag about all the stuff in the
On a typical Friday night I am
Home, actually. But I'm game for venturing forth.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sometimes I LIKE my cereal soggy.
You should message me if
You feel like it and/or can appreciate my enjoyment of a Dunks iced
coffee in that one pic.