If I had to descibe myself into something short, sweet, and to the point, I guess I would have to start by saying: I'm a lover of life and of people who strive to make life an illustrious place. Those who know me describe me as someone who is highly intelligent, open-minded, sharp-witted, perhaps too creative for his own good, and yet thoroughly kind and considerate towards others. I am a firm believer of the "Golden Rule", and do my best in striving to promote it. I also feel strongly about the fact that anyone who becomes intertwined with your path in life, even if for a brief amount of time, has something to offer you that will help you to become a better, more well-rounded individual.
I try to maintain a jovial attitude as frequently as I can. Having a sense of humor is important. Although I exhibit a candid type of lightheartedness, the atrocities this world is currently enduring deeply saddens me.
It has often been said of me that though I may not be considered monetarily rich, I am blessed with a great wealth of friends. Once someone becomes a part of my inner circle, they stay there. I deeply value the relationships I have with my friends and family. Because of the compassion, love, and loyality I freely give to those I care about, many of the people in my life have been there for decades. I fact that I take tremendous pride in, knowing that once you're my friend, you will never become one of my enemies.
I will listen to pretty much any genre of music. I have a saying that goes, "As long as my ears find it enjoyable, it can pretty much be anything." Some of my favorites include: Portishead, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Buck 65, Atmosphere, Granola Funk Express, MF Doom, The Black Keys, MadLib, Kruder and Dorfmiester, DJ Krush, My Bloody Valentine, Tosca, GangStarr, Belle and Sebastian, Elliott Smith, Blackstar, Radiohead, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sage Francis, FlowBots, Old School HipHop (Anything before 1996), John and Alice Coltrane, Chisel, Air, Pink Floyd, The Police, Talking Heads, James Broewn, Amon Tobin, Sasha, John Digweed, DJ QBert, Dan the Automator, DJ Z-Trip, Fela Kuti, Mr.Lif, Company Flow, Naked City, Prince Paul, Lootpack, Swollen Members, The Band, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Flaming Lips, The Magnetic Fields, Television, Mazzy Star, The Pixies, The Clash, Mr. Bungle, Sole, Aesop Rock, and many others. My personal music collection spans to almost 3000 CD's and approximately three times that in Vinyl. Anyone who hangs with me can experience a vast catalogue of music they've probably never heard before.
As far as movies go, it's pretty much the same thing. It really doesn't matter the genre. I like comedy when it's funny, suspense when it's suspenseful, summer blockbusters when the visuals are as good as advertised. I also enjoy movies that are smartly written, brilliantly acted, or impressively directed. (Or even better, a combination of the 3!!) Some of the films that stand out in my mind right now are: Inception, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, L.A. Confidential, The Departed, Goodfellas, Heat, Scarface, The Godfather Parts 1 and 2, anything directed by Stanley Kubrick(Like Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, or Spartacus), most of Woody Allen's earlier films (I.e. Sleeper, Annie Hall) The Deer Hunter, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Waltz with Bashir, Blood Diamond, Casino, Donnie Brasco, Yu Tu Mama Tambien, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Seven, The Band's Visit, Sideways, Closer, Blow, Trainspotting, Drugstore Cowboy, Million Dollar Baby, The Unforgiven (Actually, pretty much everything Clint Eatswood has directed in the past 20 years has been excellent), Requiem For a Dream, American History X, Fight Club, Ed Wood, Reservoir Dogs, Gravity, Whiplash, DJango Unchained, The Cooler, Pulp Fiction, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Hurt Locker, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Zero Dark Thirty, The Town, Argo, Gone Baby Gone, Foxcatcher, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Motorcycle Diaries, Le Vie En Rose, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (The original Swedish version), I've Loved You For So Long, Some of the James Bond films (From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, Casino Royale, Skyfall) Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Avatar, and many others. I also love a good martial arts movie. Whether it be a Bruce Lee classic, a Shaw Brothers Hong Kong film from the 70's, all the way to today, with many films focusing on different types of Kung Fu; from different countries. A few favorites from that particular genre are Enter the Dragon, The Raid, The Raid 2, Iron Monkey, Master of the Flying Guillotine, Mystery of Chessboxing, Legend of Drunken Master, Five Deadly Venoms, Kung Fu Hustle, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I guess you could say that I've seen my fair share of films.
For books, I'll pretty much read anything as long as it engages me. I just finished Dan Brown's "Deception Point" which was suprisingly good, since I didn't like "The DaVinci Code" which was also written by him. Some others that stand out in my mind: "Catcher in the Rye", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "Junky" by William S. Burroughs, anything by Charles Bukowski (My favorite from him is "Ham on Rye"), "The Kite Runner", "Slaughterhouse Five", "The Savage Detectives" by Roberto Bolano, "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb, "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", "Watership Down", Augusten Burroughs has written a few books that I enjoyed reading. ("Running With Scissors", "Dry", and "Possible Side Effects" to be specific). The "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy is always a classic. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed almost everything by William Shakespeare. I also enjoy biographical and historical literature as well. Especially literary material that features nonbiased opinions regarding the subject matter, thus revealing actual truths about our past and present. "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and "How the Irish Changed Civilization" are among my favorites. When I reached high school, I developed a passion for reading playwrights. It started with Shakespeare, but over the years, my favorites spanned to include many others, featuring various genres; Dramas and comedies are my preferred genres though. Henrik Ibsen ("Enemy of The People", "A Doll's House") and Peter Shaffer ("Equus" and "Amadeus") are two of my favorites. I also love various works by Eugene O'neill, Arthur Miller, and Oscar Wilde. Have to love and appreciate the greek classics as well. Oedipus Rex played a major part in influencing my literary tastes.
For television, I'm really into certain shows. Some of my favorites are The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Breaking Bad, Black Sails, The Walking Dead, Masters of Sex, Party Down, The Americans, Archer, True Detective, The Leftovers, Magic City (I wish that show continued for a few more seasons) South Park, The Daily Show, Shameless, Six Feet Under, Rescue Me was decent, Spartacus (Blood and Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengance, War of the Damned), Hell on Wheels, Deadwood, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, Community (Although Season 3 was kind of a letdown), OZ, Flight of the Conchord's, Just started getting seriously hooked on Orange is The New Black, Banshee, The Knick, Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Most of the Adult Swim cartoons actually, and many of the Nick at Night shows I grew up on like The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Roseanne. I'm a sucker for any pawn related reality shows like Pawn Stars, Hardcore Pawn, American Pickers, Oddities, Storage Wars, etc. Additionally, I can't get enough of survival shows like Man Vs. Wild, Survivorman, and Dual Survival to name a few. You can catch me watching any reality show that features people working dangerous jobs. Deadliest Catch is probably my favorite out of that category, but I also enjoy Saw Dogs, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, and River Monsters. I can't seem to get enough of anything educational too! I love documentaries on pretty much anything. From Nature related material to Modern Marvels...and everything in between. If it educates me, I will watch it! HBO has been a great source of miniseries over the past decade. I loved Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Generation Kill, and John Adams, among others. I'm also known to watch certain cop dramas like CSI. Oh...and I loved the Sheild.
When it comes to food, there are many different types of cuisines that I enjoy. If I had to choose one however, it would have to be Italian. It's something I wouldn't mind eating everyday for the rest of my life if I had to. I am also an avid fan of Indian food, Middle Eastern cuisine, and mexican (as long as it's done right). There are many psuedo Mexican restaurants that make terrible dishes. In addition, I'm literally obsessed with any Asian cuisine. I absolutely love Vietnamese cooking, the spiciness of Thai food, authentic Chinese dishes, and the freshness of Japanese Sashimi, and Sushi. I'm virtually open to any type of food, and find it exciting to try new things.
2. A sense of humor and intellectual stimulation are tied..
3. The love recieved from my friends and family.
5. My collection of music and my lifetime works of lyrical compositions.
6. Creativity. (It leads to anything artistic, technological, general socological advancement, etc.)