Well, that probably would have been funny with some Groucho Marx timing (the funnier Marx!). Or not. I should have tried that one out on my college students first. I am a college film professor and I have tormented my students with some really terrible jokes over the years. I've always appreciated silly jokes and the anti-comedy of someone like Andy Kaufmann or Steven Wright. Don't worry, I don't plan on bringing cue-cards with horrible jokes, or lip-syncing to Mighty Mouse, on a coffee date or anything like that. Though the dadaist in me would be amused to watch a date a like that unfold at the next table.
But that is the silly/ absurdist side of my personality. I am also very committed to my career. I moved back to Chicago several years ago (well, now technically the suburbs having just bought a condo) to begin my new life as a Professor after many years in graduate school completing my Doctorate. However, there is more to life than just pursuing a career. Finding someone to share my life with is as important.
In terms of what I am looking for with someone, I have never created an ideal type but a few things are important. I'm probably more compatible with someone who is politically and aesthetically liberal. Having adventurous tastes in music and movies is certainly a plus. Openness to new sounds and images, preferring a museum to a bar, or getting way too excited about books are positive signs as well. Emotional chemistry is also very important, but I tend to need to know somebody a little bit before that registers. I guess you can say it takes a bit to warm up to someone.
I forget if you are supposed to close with a joke , in which case:
How many Marxists does it take to change a light-bulb? None. The light-bulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.
Wait. I opened with that one. Darn.
Movies: Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Traveling Players, Sherlock Jr, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Daises, Jeanne Dielman, many Westerns, and of course Better Off Dead (the greatest teen comedy ever!) . Lately Tarkovsky films because I taught a course on him.
Food: I like food!
Favorite Novels: The Trial, The Magic Mountain, Gravity's Rainbow, Naked Lunch, and Ulysses. I'm also fond of Stephen King's It and bad Star Trek novels...oh and my collection of Complete Peanuts.