I laugh loudly, and I laugh often. It's one of my defining characteristics, apparently. That, and my insatiable curiosity. To me, an experience or piece of novel information is like a shiny thing to a magpie. It lights me up.
I don't trust people in turtlenecks. There's just something suspicious there.
I'm rarely bored, because I think that bored people are probably boring people. And I never want to be accused of being that.
I'm damn near carnivorous.
I travel wherever possible, however possible. A daytrip can feel as rewarding as a trip to SE Asia, if you have the right perspective - and the right partner in crime.
And I own a chunk of mammoth fur. Because, mammoth fur.
Well, right now, I'm a creative director type in advertising. I'm not in it because I particularly like selling things. I'm in it because I've always loved making things. And it's a pretty consistent way of doing that.
On the side, I work with an amazing not for profit that helps kids discover and develop their creative voices. It's something that our education system has a tough time doing, and it's become a passion of mine.
Also, I went to culinary school. So I cook things. Many things. Sometimes I cure things. Meat things.
She knows for sure that I'm good at obscure references, riding a Tim Horton's bicycle, finding cat photos on teh Internets, mixing drinks and wearing high heels.
I'll also flatter myself that I'm good at finding travel deals and coming up with good (and bad!) band names.
Oh, and I make a mean eggplant parmesan.
And my height.
But mostly because a laugh that size comes out of someone my height.
Music: I was raised on classical and jazz: Mozart, Chopin, Handel, Bach, Satie, the big band jazz greats, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Jelly Roll Morton, etc etc etc. But between my record player and my rdio, I have a steady stream of classic rock, alt folk, alt rock, pop, grunge, punk, delta blues and hip hop going. Not so much into new country, EDM and top 40. So sorry club kids, no dice.
Books: again, a variety here. Saramago, Marquez, Nabokov, Kundera, Faulkner, Henry Miller, Hunter Thompson. Keats for poetry, Alain de Botton for perspective, Sedaris for humour. Plus, if I procured a time machine, I'd go back and rail Ernest Hemingway and/or Lord Byron. Heck yeah I would.
Wait, is that inappropriate on a dating profile?
Whatever. It's true.
Film: Anything by Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Coen Brothers, John Huston, Howard Hawks, Wes Anderson. I could watch Amelie and Ferris Bueller's Day Off forever.
Oh, and you get bonus points if you appreciate the special genius that is Jurassic Park. And if you think that Egon really shone in Ghostbusters II.
2. A properly sharpened chef's knife
4. My record player
5. My British Shorthair cat, Curio (though she sort of flies in the face of the passport thing sometimes.)
I could say things like "family and friends," but I suspect that goes without saying.
It required liquid courage. But I did it.