I'm a songwriter, composer, singer, improv accompanist, yoga teacher, and former sideshow performer. Like all people, I have many sides, from quiet, moody, and withdrawn, to loud, goofy, and obnoxious. Which side is showing is entirely circumstantial.
I'm fairly reclusive. Wherever I am I like it to be relaxed and conducive to a good conversation with good people. When I do go out I like a symphony, ballet, burlesque show, rock concert on occasion; I like zoos, aquariums, and museums; I like the smell of trees and going to places where there's lots of them. When staying in I like old cheesy movies, reading, playing frivolous card or board games; Not a big fan of bars, clubs, and other noisy, crowded places (unless I'm performing in them), although I will occasionally go to a goth club to dance; Baseball and hockey games are great, but by no means am I a huge sports fan.
I have a propensity for cynicism, and I have a tendency to take life far too seriously... but that kind of makes it funny to me. (Basically, I'm Russian... no matter how miserable I am, I'll still find the humor in it).
I believe that gender identity and roles are completely circumstantial and subjective to each person and each partnership. I totally embrace the notion of gender fluidity.
Religious conservatives and religion-haters alike do not get along well with me. I have a B.A. in Comparative Religion and what college taught me most is that fundamentalism is the enemy of pragmatism. Whether you're religious or non-religious, if you're a prick about it, I want nothing to do with you. (Someday I hope Richard Dawkins and Pat Robertson get into a fist fight... and that they knock each other the fuck out). I loosely call myself an agnostic existentialist with theistic tendencies. I pray often, even though I'm not always sure anyone's there (Don't tell anyone, but I really hope there is).
I am not without my prejudices, but I actively try to rid myself of the ones I know to be rooted in our faulty culture or my own bad experiences. I'm pro-LGBTQ rights, a feminist, inherently befuddled by racism (although my ethnic heritage is very important to me, and no, I do not see a discrepancy therein), and although I'm happy to disagree on a lot of issues, I could never be in a relationship with someone who wasn't on board with those particular things.
I don't drink or use any drugs. Casual use of the softer stuff doesn't bother me, but I don't put up with heavy users. They talk all stupid-like.
Something I've noticed is always important to mention early on when it comes to dating: I have a pet tarantula (ya know, a big fuzzy spider). She stays in her terrarium and doesn't bother anybody, I swear.
K, so I can be a bit of a laughable goth cliche at times. Ah well.