Like an anthropological geologist, I marvel at cultural gems – brilliant films, architectural baubles, merry festivals, bonmots, literary jewels. I take pleasure in the company of people who appreciate these things, too, but who do not succumb to reveling in juvenile social and internet memes such as the zombie apocalypse, bacon, Chuck Norris, and Rick-Rolling. Don’t get me wrong though; I take part in my fair share of frivolous activities. When Halloween rolls around, I’m usually the one running maniacally down the street, advancing the fine tradition of trick-or-treating amongst the adult demographics. I just love finding a sense of maturity in my box of good clean fun.
I believe in human rights for all; I am pro-choice, champion gay marriage, and reject the notion of denying others rights just because they are different or have chosen an alternative lifestyle to mine. In general, I’m in favor of people living the lives they want, as long as no one is harmed.
It inspires me to meet examples of people who dream big and live life on their own terms. There’s a great moment in the Tim Burton cult classic Pee-wee’s Big Adventure when the main character confronts a friend about the “big but” that is holding her back. Even though he is the quintessential man-child (I hear his whiny voice in my head, mocking me, “I know you are, but what am I?”), Pee-wee’s “big but” advice is often relevant wisdom we all must come to terms with.
I’m interested in corresponding with and getting to know locals who have an excellent command of the English language. I really appreciate correct spelling and grammar and set high standards for native speakers. In order to make life easier, I have decided to eliminate messages with poor grammar and sloppy orthography. I foresee this saving us all a lot of frustration and misunderstanding. Perhaps you are wondering, “Why sweat the small stuff?” If this is the case, then it’s unlikely that we see eye to eye. From my point of view, if you are not clear on the differences between “you’re” and “your,” then how can I be certain of a mutual understanding on larger concepts? You don’t have to know how to diagram sentences (I do!), but you should be aware of the use of language, the power and allure of words, and the way grammar helps to structure and bring meaning to what we say.