Help your potential matches find common interests.
I don't want to be judged for my tastes in media or let those
tastes define me to someone else. It's nice when someone else likes
what I like, but it's a big ol' world and there's lots of shit we
haven't read, heard, or seen, and we might as well try to cover all
of those bases at some point.
Although I will take a wild shot and say that if you hate the
Beatles, Black Sabbath, or the Pixies, it's just not going to work
out between us. I can probably put up with your bullshit if you
hated one of those bands, but it's already over if you hate at
least two of them. Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, the Melvins. Spaghetti
western soundtracks and such.
Food? Well, I have a dairy allergy, so my Mexican/Italian intake is
pretty minimal. I like meat a whole lot but for reasons of desire
for a healthier life, I will gladly swing towards veganism if it
were an issue with a date/friend/partner. Literally anything
"Asian" from Afghanistan to Japan blows my mind. I could strictly
eat anything from that entire continent and be happy. Granted,
whatever passes for "Asian" in a restaurant one finds in America. I
haven't had spider eyeballs or whatever you may claim is authentic
that I'm unaware of.
I've always been biased towards non-fiction on the book circuit.
Preferably history, but I'll take a layperson's introduction to
science topics, a biography, or some other flavor of non-fiction.
I've tried to stretch myself and get into the fiction game lately.
I'm also starting to put the toes in the shallow end of the comic
book world. But, yeah, history books are where it's at.
I'm not much of a movie guy. I like the idea of movies as an art
form, but I just seldom have a spare 90-120 minutes to commit when
I routinely commit 90-120 minutes to all sorts of things in
I've discovered podcasts this past year. In terms of media to
devour, I probably devote most my time listening to podcasts.
Nerdist-related, Marc Maron....history ones like Revolutions and
the History of Rome are great....and sports podcasts raise the
intellectual bar of sports talk radio so goddamn high, it makes me
proud to be an American. Stuff You Should Know, Skeptic's Guide to
the Universe, anything, really.
I feel like sports loyalties should be here. Because I've moved
around, I lose sleep at night about this one: are you supposed to
be a life long fan of the first team in each sport you liked or are
you supposed to just like the team of wherever you currently live?
I went to UNLV, so that covers college sports. I grew up in Dallas
and I will never ditch the Cowboys. I have jumped on the San
Francisco Giants bandwagon since moving here for baseball. I try to
justify them as my "National League team" and my childhood favorite
Texas Rangers as my "American League team." I do visit my brother
in Seattle often and probably see about 6-12 Mariner games a year.
I waffle on the NBA between the Warriors and the Mavericks and I
lean towards the Dallas Stars in hockey. I casually like the San
Jose Earthquakes, but I'm a psychotic Liverpool FC supporter.
Sports loyalties wouldn't factor into my opinion for a potential
date. I think I'm more likely to get along with someone who likes a
rival sports team than with someone who doesn't like sports at all
(although liking the Dodgers, the Angels, or Manchester United
would be slightly irritating).