My profile is a novel, I'm aware, but it's not something I can apologize for. I like it that way. I can save you a bit of time and sum myself up as follows: I've got the travel bug BAD. Aspiring writer and teacher abroad. Politically incorrect to the enth degree. Major nerd in a few respects. Animal lover. Rocker at heart. Netflix/Pandora junkie.
I'm on a quest to find best friends, travel companions, collaborative writers, fellow adventurers/explorers, partners in crime, fellow fighters in the coming zombie apocalypse and, if she exists, my better half. So regardless of your gender, recreational interests, and all that, if anything I say here catches your eye, by all means drop me a message.
I'm a nerd. Not the genius, useful type who can fix your computer or tutor you to prep for your trigonometry mid-term. I'm the the fun kind who reads comics, plays video games, writes fanfiction, watches cartoons, Sci-fi, black and white shows/movies, cult flicks, chick flicks and slasher movies.
I was a Christian for just short of ten years, from 13 to 23 and held to that faith with every fiber of my being. When I care about something---or someone---I give my all. I was even on the verge of becoming a youth pastor. But I subscribe to it no longer. However, I still am convinced there is some "thing" or some "force" behind the universe, I simply no longer claim I understand what it is or might want. I'm not at all preachy about the topic. Live and let live. However I'm always down for philosophical discussion. While I'm always game for friendly debates though, I despise heated confrontation. No need to argue about it, right?
I think I can sum up my life's motto, and all that is truly important to me at the end of the day, in this single quote from the awesomeness that is Johnny Depp: "If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love, I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years but I would eat them."
Recently, I've gone back to school to train to become an ASL interpreter.
SWAG, (Simply Wheels Around the Globe, a name which I've come to hate because of the other, more common uses of the word.) the charitable organization I've started with a couple of buddies from my high school years. As a person born with Spina Bifida who also happens to love to travel, I've become passionate about changing people's perception of the physically challenged, while simultaneously inspiring those with birth defects or serious injuries to not let their physical setbacks keep them down. So I started SWAG a couple of years ago with the goal of showing people worldwide that the physically handicapped are truly not as fragile and helpless as we've (mostly) all been led to believe. With SWAG, I'll travel across North America first, then off continent, hiking, camping, and doing a number of other things all of which I've grown up already doing, only this time with a video camera aimed at me through it all. I started this by filming a hike we did in my home state of Hawaii, but a recent surgery put a hold on things for right now. Over the next few months I'll bring SWAG back in full swing.
UPDATE: SWAG is sadly on hold. We went for it full force and fell on our asses. I'm currently revamping my approach for 2015 to give it another run.
I'm also great at using a toaster, building forts, reading aloud, cuddling, starting and not finishing books, doing every day things naked, getting lost during 2am strolls, people watching, finding great food at hidden hole in the wall joints, playing pool, staying up til the wee hours of the morning, making new friends seriously uncomfortable by cracking handicap jokes about myself, playing Mario Kart or Goldeneye on N64, spoiling the girl I care about most with kisses, foot rubs, and romantic dinners, various card games, board games, spelling and grammar, and what I'm best at: daydreaming.
Some people have complimented me on my writing as well but I'm fairly secretive about it. We'll need to be pretty close for me to be totally comfortable sharing it with you. Or you'll just need to suck up to me really well. I can be easily persuaded under the correct circumstances.
Books: My favorite book of all time is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Read it. Freaking read it. Not for my sake, but yours.
Neil Gaiman is all around genius. You should also check out his graphic novel series 'Sandman' if you haven't already. On that note I'll temporarily digress toward comics for a moment.
Batman: Year One
Angel: After the Fall
Firefly and Serenity
Marvels by Kurt Busiek
Now for "real" books, in case you were waiting for this part.
Trainspotting and its sequel, Porno, by Irvine Welsh
The Gunseller, by Hugh Laurie (Yes, Dr. House wrote a book)
Fight Club of course, and everything else written by Chuck
People Die by Kevin Wignall
The Hobbit. I need to finish the LOTR trilogy.
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, the first book in the James Bond series. It's much different than the movie with Daniel Craig but just as brilliant in it's own way. I'm in the middle of Fleming's second Bond story, Live and Let Die, and it's shaping up to be just as exciting.
Slaughter House Five
Rainbow 6 by Tom Clancy
Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire and the rest of the Vampire Chronicles
Kill Your Idols, a collection of essays negatively critiquing what is considered "classic" rock music by such bands as the Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, The Who , Lynard Skynard and others. It's ful of reasons given by several different authors as to why certain albums popularly thought of as pure gold are actually dog shit. Some of it is infuriating if you're partial to any of the albums or bands targeted but every essay is brilliantly written and always interesting.
Finally as far as my favorite books go, I'm terribly ashamed to admit I'm not well read in the classics at all and what I have read of them I need to revisit so, in effect I've started from scratch. I decided to start with the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes. To call Sir Arthur Conan Doyle a literary god is not strong enough of a compliment. Once I finish with Holmes I'm moving on to Huck Finn and then Tom Sawyer, and then on to Shakespeare. Beyond that I haven't decided yet. If you have any suggestions as to what I follow those with please let me know.
I'm also desperately wanting to read the Hunger Games series, the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, World War Z, Disc World, the final three Harry Potter books I have yet to get to, A Clockwork Orange, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Funny Games. I've actually got a far longer list but those are toward the top. If you have read and appreciated any of the titles I've mentioned above and can suggest equally entertaining material, please feel free to do so. I jump between multiple books at once frequently, and am always on the hunt for something new.
Movies: Favorite has got to be Serenity. I'm a diehard Browncoat.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Nightmare Before Christmas
Crazy Stupid Love
500 Days of Summer
Clerks I & II
Hannibal Lektor series
Repo: the Genetic Opera
Saving Private Ryan
American History X
We Were Soldiers
Predators (The one with Adrien Brody and Topher Grace)
Everything James Bond (my favorite being the disgustingly underrated On Her Majesty's Secret Service starring George Lazenby)
Home Alone I & II
Crow I, II & IV
Mozart and the Whale
Interview With a Vampire
Jurassic Park I & II
Requiem for a Dream
Dawn of the Dead
28 Days Later
Gangs of New York
Thank You For Smoking
10 Things I Hate About You
Friday Night Lights
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Ocean's 11 (both the original with the Rat Pack and the new George Clooney)
From Dusk Til Dawn
Kill Bill I & II
V for Vendetta
Edward Scissor Hands
Full Metal Jacket
Midnight in Paris
School of Rock
Stranger than Fiction
Meet the Parents
Can't Hardly Wait
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Hulk (Ed Norton version)
Last King of Scotland
Law Abiding Citizen
Whole Nine Yards
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Reign Over Me
Lord of the Rings
Catch Me If You Can
Natural Born Killers
I've also enjoyed a number of old movies including silent films like Nosferatu and black and whites like anything with Charlie Chaplin.
Shows: As stated above, I'm a Browncoat so Firefly is at the top of this list.
Band of Brothers
Two Broke Girls
American Horror Story
Two and a Half Men
X-Men (the 1990s cartoon)
Are You Afraid Of the Dark
Keenan and Kel, Kablam
Batman (1990s cartoon)
G.I. Joe (1990s cartoon)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ren & Stimpy
I Love Lucy
Who's Line Is It Anyway
Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog
Comic Book Men
That 70's Show
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Married With Children
Andy Griffith Show
Battle Star Galactica
Attack of the Show
Grounded for Life
Everybody Loves Raymond
I Almost Got Away With It
Ghost Hunters (NOT to be confused with Ghost Adventures. Those dudes are dipshit losers trying to get rich off of scare tactics)
Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Man Vs. Food
Diners Drive Ins & Dives
As well as most things on the Travel channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and History channel.
Shows I have seen only a few episodes or none at all that I'm planning to get to: 24, Prison Break, Lie To Me, Mad Men, Damages, the Cape, Finder, Grimm, Boss, United States of Tara, Hung, Weeds, Wire, Unit, Sleeper Cell,
Music: Silversun Pickups are easily my favorite band. I love everything they've done.
Outside of that my tastes are extremely broad.
Nine Inch Nails
Jack Off Jill
Creedance Clearwater Revival
Beautiful Small Machines
A Fine Frenzy
Reel Big Fish
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Jerry Lee Lewis
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Five Finger Death Punch
Cherry Popoin Daddies
...I really could go on and on if you'd like.
Food: I don't know where to begin with food. I love good food so much. I grew up in Hawaii which is a serious melting pot of cultures and therefore, food as well. I love Mexican and Italian food. My favorite sandwich is the Reuben burger (pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand island dressing and a burger on rye but I like it on sourdough). Chicken Alfredo just might be the most awesome dish ever. Ravioli. Carne Asada. Fish & chips you can never go wrong with. Calamari. Bacon. Favorite fruit would be tangerines and blackberries. Love pecan pie. And keylime pie. Cookie dough cheesecake. Cookie dough ice cream. Deviled eggs. Honey nut Cheerios. Favorite pizza is definitely pineapple and chicken. Spinach and garlic pizza is great too. Malasadas are epic. Fried chicken. Crescent rolls. Oh god crescent rolls. Did I mention crescent rolls? Favorite candy bar is Snickers. Cadbury caramel eggs are heaven in my mouth. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company kicks ass. So does Bubba Gump's restaurant. And Lucille's barbeque, Cheesecake Factory, Bucca Di Beppo's, Stacked, Outback Steakhouse. I could talk about food forever but it's making me hungry right now.
2. A pen and endless supply of paper. I even carry little notebooks around in my pockets so I can write in them whenever inspiration strikes.
3. Rock music.
4. Clean water. I like hot showers but I'm not picky. It's a tragedy that much of the planet's population has crappy water to drink and bathe with so as long as it won't kill me to drink it I don't mind the temperature.
5. A deck of cards with a set of poker chips.
6. My little brother and sister. I'll admit there were a couple of times I would have preferred to check out if their happiness wasn't so important. But it is.
Enjoying kickass barbeque and Caronas (with lime) at my brother's pad by the beach (which also conveniently has a pool table and ping pong table. And again, in LA.)
Having a Netflix Marathon at home by myself or a lovely lady if I'm seeing one at the time.
At a movie premiere, but only something I'd seriously want to see since I generally try to avoid crowds which is exactly what I'd find at the theater on a Friday night.
At home with the roomie shooting the shit, listening to him drunkenly strum his guitar and passing around a bottle of Jack Daniels or some cheap tequila.
Pen in hand, beer beside me, paper before me jotting down page after page of whatever creative junk comes to mind.
Enjoying margaritas and Mexican food at La Capilla with family. (Again, LA).
And this is probably my favorite but the most rare due to the 3,000 miles of Pacific ocean separating us---enjoying a movie night with and reading stories to my little sibs.
In the interest of full disclosure, I may be paralyzed from the waist down but I've got ten fully functioning fingers, a fine tongue to match, and the skills to properly use them as well. So if you're female and have otherwise been so far interested in me that way, don't let the paralysis fool you into thinking I'm incapable of showing you anything shy of a pleasant time.
I'm a sucker for redheads. Dyed red works, but natural even more so. Blueheads too. Oh. And women with Irish accents as well. Again, if you can fake it that's cool, but genuine Irish accents score major points. Redheads WITH Irish accents? Where'd I put that ring...?
A new hobby I've developed thanks to a friend: daring people to ask me any questions they don't think I'll answer honestly. Consider me an open book and bring it on! I enjoy questions, and I'm better at answering them than coming up with them.
I've noticed during my match searches that more often than not, I seem to be compatible with polyamorous women. This fascinates me, seeing as I've never been in an open relationship. However, I'm not opposed to it at all. Just be warned I'm new to the idea, and it's something I'm willing to talk openly and freely about. Educate me.
You want to help me practice my ASL skills.
You are intrigued by what I've had to say and want to share some fun conversation on any of these topics and/or the workings of our universe.
You live outside the US (or even just another state) and wouldn't mind a barrage of questions about where you're from. I'm a very curious person.
You're a writer, traveller, or better yet, a travel writer.
You too, are fond of drinking games, 24 hour joints, hanging out in cemeteries, skinny dipping and strip poker.
You'd rather be weird than normal.
You paint, draw, sculpt, take pictures, or anything along those lines really.
You have a bucket list.
Halloween is your favorite holiday too.
You can build a camp fire with sticks and matches (no lighters or gas).
You want to start an artists' commune with me.
You share my distaste in the use of phrases such as "rom-com" and "Brangelina." Seriously, who are the lazy people who come up with these things to shave a split second off of saying "romantic comedy"?
Possibly the most important, and main reason I'm here, if you're looking to fall in love. You want to find your partner in crime, your other half, raise hell and fuck shit up together.
Do NOT contact me if:
You look down on any other race that isn't yours.
You're not an ally of the LGBTQ community.
You believe that conditions such as being deaf/blind/in a wheelchair are punishment from God.
You're going to say: "Hey, how's it going?" Or some variation of such, and end your message there.
I ask one thing if you're planning on contacting me. If English is your first language, please use it properly. Know the difference between your and you're at the very least.
If you've read this far and aren't bored of me, we're probably destined to become best friends...either that or you read profiles backwards, as do I. :)
Thanks for enduring all that and I look forward to hearing from you!