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70% Han Solo, 10% Darth Vader, 10% Obi-Wan Kenobi, 10% Yoda (minus the ears). Natural colour & flavour. Certified organic.
Things that flip my switch:
Singing together, a girl who holds my arm with both of hers, one drink - two straws, finishing each other's sentences
The way a girl's wet hair clings to her face in the rain, her tight, tattered jeans, being there when she needs me, holding her during a storm
Timeless kisses, being ambushed or pounced on, my girl using me as a bed with her head on my chest, the apple peeling scene of "Sleepless in Seattle"
The simple yet priceless gratitude, sincerity & warmth I've known in third world cultures, falling asleep on a grass mat to the sound of crickets
Accomplishment, travel, backpacking, climbing a tree, standing atop a windy cliff, sitting at fireside, roasting my own coffee beans
Leaving port, making port, lighthouses, luffing sails, the sound of the bow cutting water, getting soaked by whale spray on deck
Stuff that blows my fuse:
Poachers-- I say pants'em, tie'em to a tree, pour honey on their bums, and blow a bear whistle... Go Smokey go!
Pounds of junk mail destroying tons of trees, hypocrits in petrol burning vehicles with pro-environment bumper stickers
TV programs depicting animals as evil when they are merely defending their habitat
Conflict over prehistoric hydrocarbons, people using religion as an excuse to abuse one another
Bigotted, hateful, ignorant rednecks
Gluttony, greed, waste, selfishness, hypocrisy, pettiness, prejudice, sloth, betrayal, broken promises, injustice
"I yam what I yam, and that's all what I yam."
-- Popeye, putting some moves on Descartes style. ;-)
Optional reading, for those whose eyes are not yet bleeding. Some of that which made me...
Bangkok, another sultry night... Sitting on my favourite street curb with my diary, espresso, rapidly melting green tea ice cream, a sweaty Guinness® in my pack, and occasionally chancing a glance at the hazy moon overhead, I scribbled; my mind a tempest aswirl with life changing events...
"Backpacks, boots, ropes, sails & wings... Places, faces and sweat stained pages. From desperation to delight, tranquil temples to terrors, summits to sea floors... Discovery has sculpted me in ways I would never dismiss and could never have foreseen. My desires will never abate."
"So many starving children with pleading eyes and pitiful cries have tugged at the legs of my khakis. Not long ago, beneath Cambodia's merciless summer sun, I offered a tiny wisp of a little girl, perhaps five years of age she was, my partially consumed canteen of water in response to her hand reaching out to touch the leg of my safari kit. I smiled on her and felt such warmth of heart as she ran off toward her parents, canteen in hand, so excited by barely a cupful of clean water, which I had recently filtered from a nearby rather fetid stream. Before she could reach the safety of her parents' arms, a swarm of equally desperate children attacked her, pummelling her to the ground, to steal that water away. I never again will see food and drink as a given."
"Bound by hunger, thirst and abject poverty... Walking and working amidst these amazingly resilient people, it occurs to me that my perceptions of discomfort and inconvenience have been framed by the limits of my own experience and understanding. The walls of my universe, now rendered dynamic, will forever seem inadequate. Were I immortal, my time would not suffice. I want to know them all; all- every thing that lives."
"I adore this Earth, but my compassion does not extend to those who would take it's finite bounties for granted through the exercise of gluttony & greed."
-- Cambodia/Thailand, April 2003-February 2007, excerpted from my diary.
I've the Sea in my blood, a romantic spirit, a protective nature, and a sometimes wry sense of humour. Depending on where I'm standing, sitting, squatting, dangling, floating, flat on the ground, lurking about in the bush, or facing off against my latest cause, I'm called Steven, Da-wen, or Lu Jian Hwei...
Recreationally: Sailing when time permits, keeping fit, studying piano, learning how to Tango without falling over my own feet or stepping on anyone else's, and pursuing my life-long dream of being a true "Renaissance Man."
Spiritually: Immersing myself in Esoterica, adoring, exploring & fighting for the Earth to my dying breath, eventually finishing the AT and then doing it all over again on a thru-hike.
Burns, Byron, Churchill, Dickens, Doyle, Hugo, Milton, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Mandela, Kerouac, Poe, Lawrence, Asimov, Bova, Bradbury, Dick, Heinlein, Lovecraft
Long Walk to Freedom, On The Road, Closing the Ring, Don Quixote, Papillon, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Art of War, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Foundation series
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
"Paradise Lost" -- John Milton
"She Walks in Beauty" -- Lord Byron
"Ulysses" -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Whales Weep Not!" -- D.H. Lawrence
An Inconvenient Truth
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Sabrina (1954), An Affair to Remember
He's Just Not That Into You, Juno, Return To Me, The Notebook, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Some Kind Of Wonderful, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Vision Quest, Valley Girl
Indiana Jones flicks, Wind
Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild One
The Net, The Matrix, Taken, The Bourne Identity, The Transporter, James Bond flicks
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon (Bogey is always brilliant.)
Witness for the Prosecution, 12 Angry Men, courtroom dramas
Dog Day Afternoon, The Godfather, 88 Minutes, Scent of a Woman, The Insider (Al Pacino rocks!)
The Great Escape, Cool Hand Luke, The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables, The Shawshank Redemption, The Next Three Days
The Sting, The Electric Horseman
Ladyhawke, Dragonslayer, The Princess Bride, Krull, Willow, Lord of the Rings
Disaster, Suspense, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi
Historical epics, Sagas
Downton Abbey (Ye Gods! This serial owns my soul!)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (BBC), Doctor Who, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Mind Your Language, Keeping Up Appearances, British TV
X Files, Star Trek (All), Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5
Dark Shadows (Original)
BBC, NHK, NPR, shortwave stations worldwide
Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, Debbie Reynolds, Hedy Lamarr, Dana Wynter, Grace Kelly, Claudette Colbert
Emma Watson, Kate Moss, Nastassja Kinski, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shelley Long ("Cheers"), Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock
Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price
Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, William Holden, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Burt Lancaster
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, James Dean
Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Robert Redford
Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson
Hitchcock, Kubrick, Scorsese, Tarantino, Woody Allen
Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, Anna Nalick, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant
Dido, Katie Melua, Adele, Jemma Pixie Hixon
The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty
Marion Raven, Flyleaf, Paramore, Evanescence, Enigma
Luisa Maita, Latin
Rammstein, Bjork, Euro
Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, Bob Seger, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, R&B, Soul, Motown
80's Rock, Pat Benatar, The Police, Peter Gabriel
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Rat Pack
Coffee: (Well deserving of it's very own section.)
Jamaican Blue Mountain, Panamanian Gesha, Costa Ricans, and most high-grown Central American single origins.
Food & Drink:
I do my best to stay within the lines of a diet similar to that of Paleolithic man, but I must admit to a few occasional, more modern, guilty pleasures.
The Sea; source of all,
Honour; to light my way,
Romance; to exalt my soul,
Love; to warm my heart,
Communication; to nurture understanding,
Victory; to provide sustenance,
Challenge; to give life purpose,
Sacrifice; to frame it all...
I just can't take it! My inner child is about to burst out of my chest like an alien...
A killer workout,
A passport & entrance/exit visa,
My water purifier,
My SIG Sauer P229,
My Silva Ranger compass,
My Legionnaire's cap,
My Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ's,
My Osprey Atmos,
My Leatherman Charge TTI,
My Optimus 111T & Trangia 28-T,
My fire steel,
And... Someone to teach me how to bloody count, right? Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I've violated the OKStupid speed limit! I suppose I'm going straight to blazes for that one...
I think it plausible that Tigger is the ruler of the known universe, his head is warped space-time, and his tail is a singularity.
I believe dogs do the 69 butt sniff greeting because they cannot shake hands.
Once, and I mean only once, upon a time...
While rapid-rappelling an overhang, I burned the crotch out of my jeans when the rope slipped betwixt my legs; thought I was going to need therapy!
Inspite of which, I lived happily ever after.
You are bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
You know the answer to the Tootsie Roll Pop(r) mystery,
You are aching to hear the "drip" sound,
You would like to teach me Salsa or the Tango,
You are experiencing end-stage board game withdrawal symptoms,
You are just looking for a good friend with whom to hang...
Aw c'mon, write a bloody message! I don't bite... at first. 3-)