In trying to sound just a bit less obnoxious, I'll start off with a list of inspirational people: Mark Twain, Stan Musial, Joe Edwards & Rosa Parks. If you're looking for a conversation-starter ask me why they're on my list. Don't ask me about all 4. Ask me about 1, or maybe 2. Save the others for an actual "coffee & chit-chat" date. Do you want 4 more choices? Okay, how about Jackie Robinson, Mr. Rogers, Donald (not Danny) Glover, & Rodney Dangerfield.
I like going to see the Cardinals, Blues, Rams, etc. play. If that's not your thing, that's fine as long as you're not the type that hates sports, or people who enjoy them.
I'm not a huge science fiction/fantasy fan. Many of my close friends are though. One them sold his comic book shop to another one. I can hold my own in their sci-fi or superhero conversations to a point, but not in the fantasy stuff. I may be the only person I know who doesn't read or watch "Game of Thrones".
There are so many new restaurants and places to see that popped up while I was away from Saint Louis. I'm eager to check them out, along with places I haven't been to in years. For example, I haven't been inside the City Museum (I did make it to the Cabin Inn when I first moved back, though) since it first opened. I even had a piece of art on display back then. (Trust me, thats not nearly as impressive as it sounds.)
I'd like to get reacquainted with my hometown and discover what's new, while also rediscovering places I haven't been in years.
I enjoy just about any kind of movie not involving hobbits, both in the theater and at home on the couch. Speaking of theater, I've only missed the Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park twice, and I don't intend to miss any more. It's been too long since I've been to the Muny. I still regret that I didnt make it when my friend offered an extra ticket to see Spamalot. Especially later, when he told me about his run-in with Eric Idle. I thinks it trumps mine with Bob Costas.
After a little bit of a break from it, I've rekindled my love of live music, especially local. I missed the local stuff so much that I had to "import" some of it during my college years.
Since the hit by a car incident I mentioned in the "...most private thing..." Section, I've gained some weight, and I'm now the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I still look like my most-recent pictures from June. Those were only about 10 pounds ago. I once lost 45 pounds after I found out the the "freshman 15" sometimes has a "sophomore" then a "junior"sequel. I'm going to lose at least that much again.
Unlike the seemingly numerous world- travelers on this site, I've only been to 2 countries outside of the U.S. (Mexico & The Bahamas).
Someday, I'd like to "return" to Europe. "What?!" You may be asking yourself. "I thought you said that you've only been to 2 countries outside of the U.S." That is true, but I was "made" in Germany, and traveled through Luxembourg & visited France as a fetus. Next time I hope the view is better.
I wasn't born there. I almost was though; that was the initial plan. I was born in Hannibal, but moved with my parents to Saint Louis when I was 5 months old. In case you're wondering where I went to high school, it was Affton. There, now if you really wanted to know, but we're afraid to ask the cliche Saint Louis question; I just saved you the trouble. You're welcome.
Even though my international adventures have been limited (so far), I have done a decent amount of domestic traveling. I've been to 34 states. Trips to New England & the Pacific Northwest would pretty much knock out the lower 48 for me. My sister & her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I'm looking to make annual/semi-annual visits. She lives in the same town as one of my favorite musicians. Maybe now I can fulfill my dream of drinking whiskey out of Mason jars with Tom Waits at the dump.