I enjoy playing pinball, and own two pinball machines, both in good condition (No Fear and Twilight Zone), I attend local tournaments, and recently won one. I like pinball for the way it incorporates a real aspect, versus video games which have rules that are entirely arbitrary.
I'm by nature a problem-solver. I like tinkering, by which I mean fixing or modifying things, physical or electronic (a bit of a necessity for a pinball machine owner). I've customized or modified a lot of the furniture and decor in my apartment, and I've usually got a few projects going at any given time. I'd love to meet someone who I could collaborate on projects with (decorative, practical, physical or electronic, or some combination of these).
I'm pretty shy about sending messages on here - feel free to message me :-)
I rarely read books, though I frequently read news and science magazines. The Economist is one of my favorites. One of the few books I read recently was "Coming Apart", which was a fascinating examination of how the cultural split in America has come about - it's interesting background for understanding the polarized mess we're in now.
I mostly listen to power metal, and related sub-genres of metal. Some of my favorite bands are Iron Maiden, Helloween and Aria (the Russian metal band, not the other Aria). I like some folk metal (Finntroll, Heidevolk), as well. I also like an assortment of other music, usually just one song by a band very different from my usual tastes.
I mostly like simple foods done well; pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, hamburgers, chicken. I am not a fan of most ethnic foods, though I can go for tacos or nachos. I go for cocktails and mixed shots, or decent beer - I'm not a fan of wine.
* free time
* candy... I have a real weakness for it...
If you do creative/constructive projects of your own and you like the idea of working on a project with me..
If you recognize or like any of the bands I did. Seriously, I don't know anyone in real life who has similar taste in music, and I'd really like to be able to talk about it...