Bickendan
33 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I love drawing and reading maps; I'm very geographically aware (yes, I can name the countries/states/capitols, but that's really not the point of geography). The various geographic aspects (cultural, environmental) of different regions is fascinating and makes travel and vacations rather interesting.
I love music, and play the clarinet family, sax family, am a tenor with a decent baritone bottom end, and play a bit of piano and pipe organ (mainly for composition). I transcribe and compose music, and love jazz, blues and classical, some rock. I'll listen to about anything though not as fond of hip hop and rap.
I also like to write.
I feel the Bern.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm always trying to find a way to move ahead in life, see where that road takes me, whether its through music (and that symphony I'm trying to compose) or through other avenues.
I enjoy spending time with my friends (now really, who doesn't?), whether it's playing board games or crawling through Ape Cave up on Mt St Helens.
I’m really good at
Drawing, reading maps. Giving directions (better reliability than Google Maps here; the nick-name "Tom-Tom" is deserved). Writing. I'm a firm believer in knowing proper spelling and grammar. Spelling 'you' as 'u', 'your' or 'you're' as 'ur', misusing 'your' and 'you're', 'its' and 'it's', 'to' and 'too' elicit rolled eyes.
Music, natch :) Give me a clarinet, a saxophone or a keyboard and I'll play you something nice, I promise :)
Video games. Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Civilization 4 and WoW.
Listening, patience.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm pretty nice. And that I can come out of left-field sometimes. Once you're used to it/prepared for it, it's no big deal.
Oh, and depending on the setting, that I've got some Instrument of Unusual Size (the contrabass clarinet or some keyless variant I've constructed...).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Overall: Is it good? I'm game.

Regarding music, I gravitate to classical. I can't even begin to say which composer is my favourite, though Mozart, Brahms and Copland are not in my Top 10 (and my Top 10 has more than 10 composer in it, including the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, and a few modern ones only band geeks and classical die-hards will know). But I do very much enjoy other genres of music; I simply don't go out of my way to listen to it. Major soft-spot for symphonies. I do have most of Pat Metheny's (fusion jazz) albums. And saw him and his ensemble live in 2005 at the Roseland!

This is one of those areas where it can devolve into a list all too easily. So... Firefly (and Serenity), Men in Black, Star Wars (Timothy Zahn's novels especially), Dune (I even enjoy aspects of both film adaptions), Idiocracy, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Fifth Element, Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum (was in the pit orchestra for that, and there was a special addition the last night that made the musical a favorite of mine), Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Shrek (the book, though the movie was excellent), Shakespear, Amélie, Harry Potter, Hitchhiker's Guide, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs...
The six things I could never do without
No particular order:
Music
Friends
Family
Maps
A good story
I spend a lot of time thinking about
New job with a pay raise over the last and steady hours... what are my plans going forward.
On a typical Friday night I am
Game night with friends, playing video games, writing, and/or composing that symphony of mine. Practicing some licks on the 'licorice stick' (clarinet; tangent: I do not like licorice at all. You can have mine, please enjoy it for me!).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Fainted during a blood draw at the doctor's. The sight of blood does not bother me, but fasting beforehand per doctor's orders did me in.
You should message me if
--you enjoy music as a general rule.
--you enjoy yourself.
--you simply want to.
--you're lost and need directions.
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