I will spare you all that we all seem to throw around like passwords to the OKC universe: London, food, music/gigs, traveling and the arts. I have to disappoint you though, I do not play the guitar, nor do I sing in a band. There are only so many of us that London bands can accommodate and you need someone in the audience as well to help the band pay the bills. That said, I did try Karaoke once and caused lasting wounds in the hearts and minds.
On to more personal matters, I tend to think of myself as a person of thought rather than careless action, a true Libra I suppose. I often find myself playing devil's advocate for the least likely causes as I find instances of broad agreement inherently suspicious. On the other hand, I am not a huge fan of routinized order in my everyday life, I like to bow to the power of pure randomness every now and then. Que sera, sera.
I often oscillate between details and the big picture. I can get lost in long processes of thought by musing about people reading the news on the crowded tube with such a twisted body posture that I struggle to see how any of that information ever makes it to the brain. I like to discern the absurdities of human interaction, the “nice to meet you”s, the “let’s catch up sometime”s and the “can I buy you a drink”s. I am a keen observer of social formulae. At the same time, I equally enjoy those occasional epiphanies when you come up with the Grand Theory of Humanity, only to be proven wrong by those annoying little details on the ground. Details can hurt as much as satisfy.
I have a playful side as well. You show me a chessboard and put a monkey on the other side, you just made my day and made me a new friend (the monkey, not you). If we are on opposing teams in Diplomacy or Risk, do not trust any alliance you have agreed upon with me. You give me a deck of cards and I either show you a lame trick or play the game you name. Bridge is my passion. You take me to a bar with full of dartboards or pool tables, you have just trapped yourself in the land of no return. You tell me a logical puzzle, you have just caused me a sleepless night. You challenge me for a tennis/squash game, well that would be great!
I highly value originality, repulsed by mindless conformism, skeptical of conventions and dress codes, have a deep compassion for underdogs, I have a solid moral framework where certain individuals just don't fit in, I like single-malt, I despise bigotry of any sort, I don’t mind ignorance as long as it is supported by healthy self-awareness and a good heart. I am a good listener whether you have anything meaningful to say or you just want to vent your frustration.
At the end of the day, however, what really matters is whether we can have a laugh and strike a chord. If you are still reading, we probably can.