I'm originally from The Bronx but spent much of my formative years growing up in Northern California in the Bay Area. It's nearly impossible to overstate how that shaped my outlook on things. I can be sort of cynical and cagey, but it's kind of a front for the soft and fluffy hopeful optimist that is lurking beneath. The New Yorker in me threatens to make me aloof and dour, but I'm actually quite a friendly and trusting soul. I've just learned to hide it well.
When I grow up (!) I want to be a novelist or at least get paid to write something, anything. :-) I've written for as long as I can remember, quite literally before I had words -I drew pictures (which goes a long way toward explaining my affinity for comic books). I admit to being a bit scattered in my interests. I'm a bit of a nerd, a complete cinephile. There are few things I won't watch (from obscure arthouse docs to the most asinine big budget comedies). I adore movies and thought for a number of years that I wanted to be the director of kick-ass action movies on par with a Kathryn Bigelow or Mimi Leder or the screenwriter of the next DieHard (I mean not, like, the sequels, I meant the original -you remember yippee-kai-yay).
Growing up my most serious and long-lasting aspiration was to be a veterinarian-until Calculus and Chem royally kicked my ass in college. But despite my failure to master covalent and ionic bonds or complex variables or whatever abstract thing it was they were trying to teach me, many aspects of science in general and biology in particular still intrigue me; so I read the Science Times religiously on Tuesdays (just like my H.S. Bio teacher taught me- thanks Mrs. Battaly!!) However, I'm still prime for #1 passenger on the short bus with regard to mathematics- seriously, it's scary how much I don't know and can't figure out (I think this admission was a viable candidate for "Most private thing I'm willing to admit"). Word to the wise, don't ever ask me to calculate the tip or tell you the sale price, I'll just make you sad.