Yikes. My old profile just went on and on and on. They say that brevity is the soul of wit, so let's try to condense it down a bit…
I am a fairly amiable, somewhat sociable misanthrope from the wilds of central NJ. I own far too many books (history and science fiction are my favorites but I'll try just about anything). I like good conversation, but not over coffee, because I don't drink coffee. Well, I mean, YOU can go ahead and order coffee, that's fine. While I'm amenable to any kind of social outing, for me the company I keep is more important than the endeavor of the moment. Although I would probably draw the line at ice fishing. I just don't get the concept or the appeal.
I am a Libra, born in the Year of the Tiger, but I don't actually know what either of those things signify. I'm a jungle cat who sees the wisdom in both sides of any given argument, I guess?
I feel like I should warn you all that if there is a gene for interest in sports, it's recessive in my particular pop culture genotype. I know for some people that can be a deal-killer. (I watch sports movies, though.) Unapologetic sci-fi dork here. I can't tell you who's leading the National League in stolen bases, but on the other hand, I DO know who played Lobot, Lando Calrissian's cyborg assistant, in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, so, it's not like I'm totally uncultured.
I tend to be pretty liberal in my thinking, but I have friends and family across the political spectrum and appreciate a good discussion and honest disagreement more than an uncomfortable silence dancing awkwardly around verboten subjects. Somebody once called me argumentative, but they were, of course, wrong, which I went on to demonstrate indisputably in my five-point rebuttal.
Well, this self-summary is almost as long as the old one was. Mission failure.
What I’m doing with my life
I toil in the trenches of thankless retail management to pay the bills. I write when circumstance and inspiration permit, with varying degrees of success. But hope springs eternal, as they say, and the early bird catches the worm and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and various other clichés also spring to mind, and also that inspirational poster with the cat hanging from the tree branch. Hang in there, baby.
I’m really good at
I know how to play backgammon. I'm underselling myself here, probably, but backgammon was a deep, unfathomable mystery for most of my childhood, because my dad couldn't play it, or my mom, or any of my friends, so for years I would flip the chess/checkerboard over now and then and look at those narrow triangles and dream of a better world. And then, one day, I just resolved to learn the rules of the game, and learn them so well that I would become the greatest backgammon player in world history. And all my hard work and sacrifices paid off. I am a proudly mediocre backgammon player. But I EARNED that mediocrity.
I am also pretty good at playing those homemade banjos your uncle used to make using a cigar box and some rubber bands. I don't think I'm ready to record just yet, though. For me it's about connecting with an audience more than record sales and Grammy nominations.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a remarkably limited palette of facial expressions. (Unfortunately, I am terrible at playing poker, so it's a worthless mutation.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I read in the neighborhood of 40-60 books a year (not bragging, a lot of it's crap), so it's tough to pick favorites. Every time I'm asked I'll give different answers. I love science fiction and fantasy (some favorites are HYPERION by Dan Simmons, A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George R. R. Martin, also known as "the GAME OF THRONE books," A FIRE UPON THE DEEP by Vernor Vinge, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW by Clive Barker, and anything Stephen King, even his crappy ones) and history (WWII history, medieval history, Roman history, American history, and so on and so forth). I once drove to Peoria, IL, to meet my hero, science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer, for about five minutes, which I think was pretty cool of me to do, really.
Movies: Old STAR TREK movies, old James Bond movies, the original STAR WARS movies, the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy but not the HOBBIT trilogy…oh god I'm a cranky old nerd, aren't I. I really DO enjoy all different kinds of cinema, I swear. Favorites include NETWORK, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, THE THIN RED LINE, DR. STRANGELOVE, NIXON, THE THIRD MAN, and BRAZIL.
Shows: Current faves are AMERICAN HORROR STORY (although it gets weaker each season), BETTER CALL SAUL, HELL ON WHEELS, MAD MEN, GAME OF THRONES, and the superhero shows on the CW. I've been WALKING DEAD-free for about a year now.
Music: Is Def Leppard still together? If not, please don't tell me. I couldn't bear it.
Food: Having lost over one hundred pounds recently – er, not all at once, it's not like somebody chopped me in half or anything – I am one of those tedious WW Points counters, so whatever I eat, it's in small portions. Being genetically Irish, spicy fare is not really my thing, although I handle Italian or a mild BBQ sauce. Boy, is this possibly interesting to ANYONE? Who is out there reading profiles and saying to themselves, "Aha! He likes potatoes au gratin! That clinches it!"
The six things I could never do without
I hate these stupid kinds of questions. So, I refuse to answer it out of general principle. Smash the crypto-fascist tyrants of OKCupid! Figure me out by what I say and what I do, not what I own, that's what I say.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
That's between me and my Livejournal!
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, usually. Or else doing my best to unwind, usually in the company of a few friends, talking well past the witching hour. Sometimes I like to wander the streets of the naked city righting wrongs to assuage my burning desire for vengeance upon the criminal element, but, I'd also be up for bowling. Bowling is fun.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I really don't expect anyone to respond to me here, but decided to create a profile anyway in a most unseemly display of optimism, because I was bored and what the hell.
You should message me if
You found anything that I had to say even remotely interesting.