JakeFordD
30Lincoln, United States
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My self-summary
Overworked photographer/videographer/writer, ENFP, Sagittarius, displaced southern kid, pretty much a lost cause.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm your prototypical millennial journalist -- I'm a photographer, writer, videographer, graphic designer, and editor all rolled up into a human-sized ball of deadline anxiety and trivia. I do, however, work for a state agency now, so I'm paid marginally better compared to my time in newspapers. Added bonus: I get to do some work at the state Capitol, which is cool because have you seen that building?!

Also, I work out, cook and bake at home whenever I get the chance, hike out into the woods to find quiet places to read in a hammock, explore new areas when the opportunity arises, travel whenever I can, drink good beer, play games that occur within the space of a tabletop with the company of others, and generally do whatever I can to stay curious.
I’m really good at
I've been behind a camera since I was 14, and I keep getting jobs focusing on that skill, so I'm probably decent at that. It's also been said that I'm fairly good with a pen and paper, despite my atrocious handwriting (all the better to thwart subpoenas with, my dear).

I enjoy cooking and baking, and I can churn out a respectable dinner for four fairly easily. Much of it revolves around southern cooking, which isn't a surprise given that I'm from Georgia and spent most of my life in that region.

Much of my youth was spent in martial arts classes, and I was always pretty adept at that. It translated into dancing later in life, which I'd like to get back into -- Argentine tango was my favorite, but I danced casino salsa, too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A sci-fi nerd who gets an extra kick from good journalistic reporting and cookbooks. As likely to be reading the news James S.A. Corey book or rereading a classic Heinlein, as I am flipping through a cookbook or reading something by Michael Pollan. Unless there's some Lovecraft lying about; in that case, it's cosmic horror with underlying nihilism for the evening. Lovecraft is kind of the trump card. (Anyone else kind of hate writing that phrase lately?)

I've had this weird thing with movies of late: I don't go see them and I don't watch them all the way through on Netflix. The ones I've seen, I'll pick through and find the bits I like, but it's rare that I watch a newer movie from start to finish. Older movies that I'll always finish, though: "The Mask of Zorro," "The Mummy," "The Thirteenth Warrior," "Aliens," "Casablanca," Star Wars episodes IV-VI, and any of the original Indiana Jones flicks.

Same thing with shows: if I make it through an entire season, it's a miraculous occasion. Lately, I've really enjoyed a couple of the British mystery shows online, and I started "One Punch Man" and thought it was enjoyable. One exception to all this, though, is the first season of "True Detective." Holy. Shit. Yes.

I only listen to country when I'm driving and alone. I listen to hip hop and classical when I cook; 90s grunge and alt rock when I'm shaving or on the way to work; a mixture of dubstep, southern Gothic rock, classical, and varied rock when I work out; and podcasts pretty much any time of the day. I listen to podcasts more than normal people watch television, I think.

Food is good. All food has its place. Except flan, which is of the devil and not welcome at my table. Also, if you try to serve me a pizza with pineapple on it, I will eat it and smile, and judge you when you're not looking. Probably never trust you again, too.
Six things I could never do without
The opportunity to explore something new ... fresh air that doesn't reek of chemicals ... 50 feet of rope (rope:tabletop RPGs::a towel:fans of Hitchhiker's Guide) ... people to share in my geek references ... unpaved trails ... a sense of mystery, especially with an accompanying wave of dread and despair (keeps things interesting).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My work, first and foremost, and how to improve what I'm doing and how I do it. Which sounds vague and tedious, but it makes sense if you enjoy what you do for a living, I guess. Also: politics, sex, money, building things (so many plans in my head), games, environmental issues, existential crises, and what to cook for dinner.
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking, working out, traveling, editing, or ... something else.
You should message me if
... if you're interested and passionate about something that affects the world outside; curious, and enthusiastic about experiencing new things; laid back in general but dedicated to a relatively healthy lifestyle; possessing of an open mind; and if you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.

... because, here, you can have my piña colada and I'll take the margarita, and you know we should really get out of these wet clothes. Shall we?
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