I was riding a rickety, green bus in Viña del Mar, Chile a few years ago, heading back home after a failed attempt to meet friends for sand-surfing. It was Sunday and getting dark, and most everything in Viña was closing up. Turns out that included the bus -- it shot right by my usual stop in downtown and kept going towards the bus depot in Valparaíso... about 15 miles south of Viña. In a panic I pleaded with the driver to stop, but he refused. I insisted. So he opened the door... while the bus was going about 35 mph.
As the bus turned a corner I jumped, tucked and rolling into the middle of a busy intersection. Cars honked at me, but I dusted myself off, ran to the sidewalk, and laughed like someone who just told death to piss off and lived to tell it.
While it's up to you to draw conclusions from this tale, here's what I was hoping would stick out: In the face of danger I'm scared but bold; in the face of resistance I'm respectful but resolute; and in the face of unusual circumstances I adapt before I demand others adopt my ways.
Still reading? Spiffy. Read on.
I've got a broad and deep range of non-work activities and goals, so for now I'll just list the three that take up most of my time: putting on more muscle weight via lifting, designing three music anthology albums, and critiquing city-simulator games.
2. My collected-but-goofy demeanor.
Show: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Music: Janelle Monáe, Ayako Tanaguchi
Video Game: Rimworld
Food: crystalized pineapple covered in dark chocolate
• The feeling of a thick book in my hands
• Extra Credits on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz)
• Martial Arts
• Actively trying to live (as opposed to idly coasting along)
And why Chex Mix is so tasty.