I am looking forward to meeting new people, having great conversations with them, and in the end, something more as well. But the first two are a good start.
In other words, I'm working at a technology consulting firm, trying to read as many 19th century books about love and death as I can stomach, and slowly but inevitably becoming adjusted to something called "adulthood" (as far as I can tell, this mainly consists of doing my taxes and waking up early).
For the past year and a half, it's just been the fact that I'm Eastern European.
Movies: La Dolce Vita, Amour, Cries and Whispers, Persona, The Apartment, The Godfather, 8 1/2, Apocalypse Now, City Lights, Modern Times, Raging Bull, Tokyo Story, The Third Man, Sunset Boulevard, Blade Runner, The Night of the Hunter, Mirror, Apocalypse Now..
Music: Bach, Debussy, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Brian Eno, The Mekons, LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk, "Africa" by Toto, ABBA, Madonna, Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Supremes, Can, Wilco, Kanye West, Talking Heads..
TV Shows: The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Veep, Angels in America, Arrested Development, the first season of Twin Peaks, Nathan for You
1) Spotify Premium
2) A large cup of coffee inside my stomach before 10 AM
3) A crisp white dress shirt
4) Daydreams and fantasies
5) Sarcastic jokes about dark subject matter
6) The occasional uncontrollable outburst of laughter and joy
Also, deeper meanings in terrible songs. Remind me to tell you a funny story about "Do You Believe In Love?" by Huey Lewis & The News.
A love of sad songs that sound like happy songs
You try not to like things ironically
At least once in a while you complain that the volume of the music in bars makes it impossible to have a conversation with someone
You're uncomfortable with the self-promotional aspect of social media (or you just hate LinkedIn)
You like patterned socks
You have an overwhelming desire to share the things you love with other people
You have a favorite theorem (and it's not equivalent to the Axiom of Choice)
After looking at my profile for a while, you say to yourself, "he's definitely more of a Levin than a Vronsky"
Auden's "September 1, 1939" just does it for you. Or The Band's "The Weight."
You consider yourself a Dorothy with just a hint of Blanche
Most importantly: you find this list closer to "endearingly quirky" than to "cloyingly pretentious." Or at the very least, see why all of the things above matter.
I'm a pretty open-minded person and I'm ready to question my assumptions and ideas about the world. That said, please, no astrologists.