Now that I'm in Chicago it's starting to open up the creative floodgates that used to run wild when I was in college. The floodgates that were locked up because being an adult isn't all it's cracked up to be, but at least I can rent a car, right? That's a cool perk.
Oh yeah, I'm a filmmaker. Howdy!
But seriously, it's a ton of work and takes up a lot of my time, but when I'm not doing that I'm attempting to exercise by the sheer virtue of exploring this city. Currently got a sweet path carved out that takes me through Andersonville and onto the lakefront. It's scenic and serene and peaceful and I love it. I also like those raccoons in Lincoln Park that come out to eat croutons that an old man feeds once in a while. They're pretty chill.
Other than that I've been spending a lot of time writing fake missed connections on Craigslist to keep my creative writing sharp. "I saw you in the bread aisle, but the only buns I wanted weren't on a shelf" is mine if you ever come across it.
Haha, ahhhhh I'm just kidding, I don't have a dentist.
Speaking of, I forget names easily. I should probably put that in the "Things I'm good at" section, but you might notice it quickly in a social setting. I will literally forget someone's name 10 seconds after being told their name about 90% of the time. Unless it's a unique name like Chrysannalisa or someone who actually goes by Zachariah instead of Zach like a weirdo.
I'm also ionto comic books, though I have not read them in a couple years, but that's moreso because of time not allowing me the luxury. I know Comic books may seem nerdy but whatever, I like them. To me they're like storyboards for films, so as a filmmaker they are much more entertaining to me. I don't read the superhero stuff though, don't care for it. I'm more a fan of these unique stories: Saga, Chew, Sex Criminals, Nowhere Men, Locke & Key, Petrograd, Fatale, Fell, Transmetropolitan, Rat Queens, East of West, and many MANY more!
Movies. Easy, I'll give you my Top 10:
1) L.A. Confidential
2) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
4) Dawn of the Dead (original)
5) Wristcutters: A Love Story
7) Shaun of the Dead
9) Defending Your Life
10) The Fall
TV: I hardly have enough time to watch all these amazing hour long shows anymore, but here's what I like:
Current - Last Man on Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Good Place, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Adam Ruins Everything, Those Who Can't, Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, The Man in the High Castle, The Grand Tour, Stranger Things, Sherlock, Archer, Halt & Catch Fire, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mr. Robot.
Past - 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, Arrested Development, Dinner for Five, Firefly, Community, Futurama, Happy Endings, Human Giant, Hustle, Mob City, Seinfeld, Cheers, Fraiser, Friends, Night Court, Wings, and I'm sure a billion other things I'm forgetting
Music: It varies depending on my mood. I used to be a big metalhead back in high school so I still have an affinity for hard rock and punk, but my musical tastes definitely shifted as I got older. Here's a smattering of bands from my favorite songs playlist on Spotify, for clarity:
Modern Baseball, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Trent Reznor/NIN, Metric, Run The Jewels, Motion City Soundtrack, PUP, The Dirty Nil, The Avett Brothers, The Pixies, Tracy Bonham, Dan Mangan, Those Dancing Days, Cheap Girls, The Airborne Toxic Event, Grimes, Foxy Shazam, Iron Maiden, Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, Kanye West, Sufjan Stevens, Grandaddy, CHVRCHES, The Blood Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Refused, Paul Simon, Jimmy Eat World, They Might Be Giants, Surfer Blood, Say Anything, Talking Heads, Neutral Milk Hotel, Purity Ring, Japandroids, Death From Above 1979, Muse, Beirut, The Joy Formidable, Dark Dark Dark, Phantogram, The Cat Empire, Youth Lagoon, Pearl & The Beard, and many MANY more.
Food: I'm down for whatever, and I feel like I'm cheating myself if I eat at the same restaurant twice in this city. Why eat somewhere you've already been when there are over a thousand other options that are probably really good, too? But if I'm giving my greatest hits of Chicago eateries I've patronized multiple times so far: Little Bad Wolf, Kumas, Goddess & Grocer, Sedgwick Stop, Eleven City Diner, Pho 888, Tweet, Hopleaf.
2) Just kidding, I love lists
3) What am I supposed to be doing again?
Sorry, OKCupid told me to write that. Stop being creepy, OKCupid.
Also, on a real note, I'm a bit of an introvert/shy guy so I have a pretty hard time starting a conversation or throwing myself into a voluntary situation even if I'm interested in doing it, but as soon as I'm thrown into the deep end I'm perfectly capable of treading water and keeping the conversation or activity going. Example: At my school we had a socializing activity on orientation day and I pretty much sat at a table and didn't go up to anyone to talk even though I wanted to, but as soon as someone came up to me, we had a perfectly normal conversation. I guess I'm just shit at ice breakers is what I should say.
Bonus points if you understood the Gretchen reference.