I love learning new languages and the etymologies of the ones I
already know. I enjoy reading well-crafted stories where the author
has excellent control over the prose and can turn a phrase in new
and interesting ways.
I grew up in Germany as an army brat, with a German mother. This
may have colored my upbringing a little: I’m bilingual and my
childhood references are from continental Europe more than the U.S.
I still had Disney and McDonald’s, but I read the Smurfs (yes, as a
comic) and other Franco-Belgian stories instead of Dr. Seuss and
ate a lot of sauerkraut.
I play pickup soccer games for fun and the odd game of broomball.
What I’m doing with my life
I take my cue from Tim Minchin’s commencement speech at UWA
): long-term goals are
often unrealistic and can lead to a lifetime of frustration. Hence
I focus on more short-term goals. One of my current ones is
learning how to play http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bumra26tjI
my guitar. I hope to be good enough by this fall to perform it at
an open mic event.
I’m really good at
I’d like to think I’m good at helping people. I donate to
progressive causes and volunteer at a legal clinic for clients that
can’t afford an attorney. I try to help people find answers to
questions, even if they’re rhetorical. I usually keep calm and stay
level-headed under stress.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get excited when I find something new to share with people, and
enthusiastically promote a new band, book, or hobby. Also, I’m
permanently tired from staying up too late reading up on just one
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: - Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente was an exhausting
read. She adds so much vivid imagery to every paragraph that I had
to follow the book up with several light, pulpy novels as R&R.
It was well worth it, though.
- I’m also a fan of Iain M. Banks’s sci-fi stories. I found Player
of Games to be a great critique on cultural imperialism. Actually,
most of his books cover that theme to some extent.
Movies: - Midnight in Paris, which shows you don’t have to live in
the past to enjoy it.
- The American, for proof that George Clooney doesn’t always
overact. It’s a very meditative experience.
- Terence Hill and Bud Spencer movies from the ‘60s and ’70s. Think
Spaghetti Westerns without the seriousness of Sergio Leone, except
when Sergio Leone actually directed them.
Shows: - I watch several of USA’s shows, like Suits, Psych (a great
series finale to cap the eight seasons), and Burn Notice.
- My current favorite is probably Brooklyn Nine-Nine - it has just
the right mix of office pranks and heart.
Music: - Rory Gallagher for the rocking blues
- Mark Knopfler for the tasteful solos to accompany his songwriting
- Jeff Beck for the guitar virtuosity covering quite a few
Food: - I have to try gyros at least once at every place I go to.
Mim’s Cafe’s shawarma is a frequent choice.
- Rice and vegetables are always a good combo.
The six things I could never do without
- Good food
- Music with a strong backbeat and an overemphasized flattened
- A steady supply of books to read
- Pastime with good company
- My brain
- False gravitas
On a typical Friday night I am
I usually get together with friends to spend a few hours
socializing before we collapse, exhausted from the work week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Melodramatic moments in movies bring a tear to my eye, like when
the underdog team in a sports movie scores the game-winning point,
or the couple overcomes whatever vagaries life has thrown in their
way. Bonus points are awarded for a swelling orchestral score.
You should message me if
You’re a non-smoker. If you’re too religious we probably won’t have
much in common either. If, on the other hand, you’re up for trying
out new things with a guy who likes to make ironic statements at
inopportune times, let’s see where all we can take this.