I'm new to Georgia, having just moved down here on June 1, 2013. I'm looking to meet new people for all kinds of things, from just social friends to far more intimate partners. When I lived up north, I lived in the big city. I got tired of it. Now, I'm living on the outskirts of Buford in a very quiet community. I would love to explore the city of Atlanta, but I'm also excited to explore the large amounts of wilderness and small town regions around it.
My interests are in movies (I'm always open to any movie of any genre for watching with someone), exploring (I'm always open to seeing or doing something new), gardening (I moved too late in the season to have my own garden this year, but I have big plans for next year), renaissance festivals, and local history.
I'm pretty laid back, and am generally open to almost anything.
My day job provides me with a lot of travel (within the state) and stress, so on my weekends, I enjoy de-stressing and exploring interesting areas I've seen during my travels at work.
My home is also in a relatively secluded neighborhood, which is great for de-stressing on weeknights as well, but also has neighbors close enough that I can also often find a cookout or bonfire to join in on.
Anything by Neil Gaiman, Aldous Huxley (I love Brave New World), Ken Kesey, George Carlin (a brilliant writer as well as a brilliant comedian, RIP), George Orwell (1984 in particular - it was supposed to be a warning, but it appears to now be an operating manual), Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange), and many others. Predominately I prefer political fiction (specifically anti-totalitarian or technological hell fiction - and I don't mean Tom Clancy sort of shit - I want real literature), as well as social and religious satire.
I love cinema in all its forms. I really prefer independent film, however, as very few original films have been made by Hollywood in the past 30 years. In fact, Hollywood has destroyed the art form, rather than contributed to it. I much prefer independent cinema to anything else. That said, a few of my favorite titles (some of which were distributed by major film companies after completion, but were created independently) - Full Metal Jacket, Clockwork Orange, Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (it's not porn, really), Breaking the Waves, American Beauty, Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby (I was an extra in this one - in the theme park scene - I'm really hard to see, but I'm there - the scene was shot a mile from where I was living at the time), anything by Troma (Lloyd Kaufman, the owner of Troma is a personal friend of mine, and still one of the last bastions of truly independent film-making - not to mention, one hilariously warped filmmaker) - the Toxic Avenger series, Poultrygeist, Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD, etc.
Music: Just about anything, except rap and country. Lately, I've been really into contemporary Irish folk fusion. I've also been really into old-school punk lately - particularly on days when I'm feeling nostalgic about my youth.
Food: I cook. I make all kinds of great goodies. I've mastered Italian cooking and general American cooking (burgers, ribs, anything fried, etc.). I'm pretty good with Maryland style cooking, but still have room for improvement - I make a damn good crabcake, steamed crab, and ocean fries. I'm working on my UK (specifically Scottish) styles. I do make a pretty mean haggis though - and I make an atholl brose that is killer strong and tasty - it's the heather honey and the fine choice of scotch.
I do pretty well with TexMex, though almost all of it has a discernible Maryland twist to it. I still make some pretty killer tacos, burritos, piled nachos, and Mexican rice. I'm also pretty good with Cajun, though, once again, it all has a definite Maryland twist to it. I make some killer gumbo, dirty rice, and jambalaya.
I also like Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese, and, since they're all so inherently healthy, I'm working my butt off to learn these styles. Homemade sushi is coming this weekend (August 1-2, 2009, depending on my work schedule). Homemade Pho will also be coming soon to my home. Asian cuisine has been the core of my diet lately, along with lots of fruits and veggies.
I'm also open to try anything that's put in front of me - how can I say I don't like it if I haven't tried it?
Yeah, my mind works in strange ways.
There are also rare instances where I actually do go out on Friday nights, generally to attend a gathering with friends or to find a nice quiet area where I can gather my thoughts and enjoy the fresh air.
I also enjoy bars, particularly brew pubs and bars that specialize in craft beers. I'm not much of a fan of bud light or similar beers. I like drinking beer, not piss.
I'm on a diet, and working to lose 80+ pounds, and could really use a good exercise partner.
I really miss how thin/attractive I was back in my stagehand/roadie days, and have a hell of a drive to get myself back to that state of physical shape/prowess.