Benji108
41 Grand Rapids, United States
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My self-summary
I am approximately ten stories tall. I might be prone to exaggeration. But that ten stories part is totally true.

Ok, ok, how about this? I'm not perfect. We all have flaws, and I certainly have mine. But I will treat you with respect and will be courteous, whatever our chemistry or lack thereof. And I'll do my best to see to it that you have a fun time.

It's the human element that gets me. People are full of surprises.

I have lived greatly, and therefore have many stories to tell. But tell me more about yourself. I love women who are even more brilliant than they are beautiful.

I have a large, close family, numerous dear friends, and more talent than you can shake a stick at.

Also, if we don't end up being romantic, there is still every chance we could end up good friends. I'm nice like that.
What I’m doing with my life
Careerwise: Renovating my parent's home of 25 years. Lecturing at GVSU on the history of ethics. Taking artistic commissions and tattooing. Writing and illustrating a graphic novel on the psychological nature of Time, an essay on the existential dignity of sentience, and a book about the early history of the concept of Time. Helping my eldest brother and sister build local businesses.

The rest: spending time with my loved ones and friends.
I’m really good at
Making sense out of obscure philosophical issues,
Boiling the insanity of life down into sensible solutions,
Making professional-grade art,
Making jokes on the fly,
Thinking in 4D.
The first things people usually notice about me
Ok, let's do a top ten first things people usually notice about me:

1) I am neither an otter nor platypus;
2) I'm sufficiently psychic to understand people's first impressions of me (which suggests that I am also psychic enough to realize that most people are as psychic as I am, or how else would I be able to know that they know that I know their first impression of me involved my own psychic awareness of them being aware of my psychic awareness of them being aware of said psychic awareness?);
3) I speak with words;
4) I'm a people;
5) I have all my fingers and toes;
6) I occasionally wear things on my body;
7) I'm fragrant like a fresh spring morning;
8) I occasionally eat food and drink drinks;
9) I'm a member of the homo sapiens;
10) I'm someone whom it is possible to "know".

No, but really, why is this question even here?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Totality and Infinity, The Silmarillion, The Artful Universe, India and Europe, The Red Book, The Guide, Saṃskāra, Aristotle's Metaphysics, Wheelock's Latin, Songs of Longing, Vyāsadeva's Jaya-saṃhitā, Aesop's Fables, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sein und Zeit, art books of almost any sort...

Movies (nerd alert!): Life of Pi, Casino Royale, Chronicle, Watchmen, Prometheus, Bladerunner, Alien, Avatar, Moulin Rouge, Thor, Iron Man, The Dark Night, Batman Begins, Spiderman, Star Trek, Defendor, Schindler's List, The Lower Depths (Les Bas-Fonds), Emelie, Juno, Pirates of the Caribbean (the whole series), Superbad, Babel, Sherlock Holmes (w/ Downey, Jr. et al), Gataka, Powaqqatsi, etc., etc., etc.

TV-wise (for the most part, I stream): Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Lost, Sopranos, Scrubs, Key & Peele, John Stewart, Vice, Agents of Shield.

Music: I watched my best gay friend fall in love with Leonard Cohen, and thus came to know the master. Saw Cohen in Boston what was initially reported to be his final tour. I think he's touring again.

But the list goes on: Bowerbirds, Dirty Projectors, Radiohead, Andrew Bird, Eliot Smith, Band of Horses, J.S. Bach, Handel, Albinoni, Chopan, George Harrison, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Bee-Gees, ELO, Snow Patrol, Mumford & Sons, Ratatat, Beck, Primus, Nirvana, Jackie Deshannon, The Jim Carroll Band, Florence & the Machine, Ministry, Soundgarden, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard and Arketa Irglova, LMFAO, Dubstep, Elliot Moss and on and on...

Food: Gourmet Veggie, anything made with Curd (but specifically, Palak Paneer), simple, steamed veggies with a bit of salt and butter, sometimes with some more spice thrown in, Revolutionary Soup, Lemon Grass, Fruits, Organic, non-GMO, Naked Juice, Mangoes, Avacadoes (I have a secret recipe I'd like to share with you in this regard; just ask me for it), California salads (ex., baby spinach, mandarin orange segments, dried cranberries, crushed tortilla chips, sundried tomatoes, almond slivers, feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette; if you don't believe me, try it for yourself), Kambucha, Stouts, IPAs, Single-malts, Oh, and regardless of gender, chocolate is good for the soul.

Tmi?
The six things I could never do without
Honorable Friends
Unsullied Nature
Promising Career
Novel, Hearty Eats
Wit/Humor/Irony
Routine, Packed Schedule
Yoga/Exercise
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The basic human experience of Time, and the art of relating that to the history of human conflicts and resolutions.
On a typical Friday night I am
Socializing or relaxing at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really have no idea what to put here. Not sure the web is the best place to spill private details. Also, if I'm willing to admit something I regard as private, doesn't that make it not private?
You should message me if
You think you need to spend time with someone in person to really get to know them.

You prize patience over passion, but passion over lethargy.

You are a freak, geek, or nerd. I'm a big fan.
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