Nursing school has however other plans for me and my free time has tragically been sucked up by it which has effectively shrunk my social network to a few old friends.
Right now I'd mainly like to make new friends local to Oakland since my primary reason for losing touch with a lot of people has been an inability to make it over to Diablo Valley where they are.
In the last couple years I have charged full steam ahead with many of the things on my bucket list such as sky diving, taking another cross country road trip, etc. I love to travel and would love it if I can manage to move around internationally. I have already been fortunate enough to see most of Europe, South America, and the Middle East.
When I'm at home I love to cook, watch movies, play a little bit of video games, but I'm a nut for board games. There's a lot more to it but I either need to leave it at that or practically write a book so I will save any more for messages or meetings.
I have recently discovered the zen rewards of balance that gardening affords. I have everything from succulents and cacti to fruits and vegetables and flowering plants and thoroughly enjoy being able to watch the fruits of my cultivation efforts.
Last year I practiced pagan rituals and it reignited a fire that seemed to drown when I walked away from Christianity. It has been enlightening and reminded me that your spirit needs to be exercised just as your body does. I hope to practice either Judaism, Buddhism, or Islam in the coming year but am looking for someone to practice with. I tried to practice a more obscure faith previously and was reminded that spirituality is meant to be a social as well as introspective experience.
Regardless of my greater ambitions spirituality and its search for inner truth is a core value of mine. I do a lot of those things that scientific atheists find to be, shall we say, illogical. I let my spirit guide me but I use logic to keep myself grounded in this supposed reality.
I have really weird hiccups, and sneezes
movies this is a very limited list but long enough to grasp the wide variety i enjoy.
Star wars, in fact I would almost go so far as to say that if your not a star wars fan don't write me. Maybe. But I also love a lot of other types of movies from meet joe black to planes, trains, and automobiles, to Coffy, to Se7en and a beautiful mind and shawshank redemption. the land before time, Aladin, rushmore, sin city, 80's action movies, Amelie, Mary and Max, Juno, the big lebowski, natural born killers, v for vendetta, planet terror, SLC Punk, Peter No Tail, (in fact I might almost marry someone on the spot if they could readily quote that movie)
Shows Cowboy Bebop!*** Arrested Development, Black Jesus, South Park
With music I enjoy a little bit of most genres except country. As with star wars, country is almost a deal breaker. AFI, gaslight anthem radiohead, lady gaga del tha funkee homosapien, 2Pac, biggie, wu tang, the beatles, pink floyd, led zeppelin, queen, placebo, nirvana, the gorillaz, neutral milk hotel, the sounds, the yeah yeah yeahs, bob dylan, bob marley, regina spektor, brand new, modest mouse, the white stripes and paul simon. This list is far from all inclusive but it's fairly representative of my core tastes
Food I'm a huge fat kid. I temper it so that I don't let it get to my health but I have that kind of approach that if you can't enjoy your food and all your sort of missing out on life. I am not a real fantastic cook but i've lived on my own long enough to know how to make at least a weeks worth of food without having to repeat a meal or be eating out of the microwave. I was raised on italian and mexican food mixed with american classics like burgers, pot pie and fried chicken but have grown a taste bud for foods of almost all cultures. Middle Eastern/ Turkish food, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, British, German cuisine are favorites. Sopapillas remain one of my favorite treats, partly because so few places serve them.
Faithfulness - whether that be from my lover, a pet, family, good friends, someone who I know can be a source of comfort in tough times
A Muse - I believe your spirit withers when not fed and for me that is someone or something inspiring my creativity. We were born with a mind that senses a more complex palate of emotions then possibly any other living thing and I try to exercise that capability of being in awe
A Goal - something that can drive me to accomplish new things and be focused on the end game without losing track of where I am and the current situation.
Variety - I always will want to try something new, whether that's a food, drink, activity, job, I want to be able to look back on my life and identify at least a few significant things that were unique in my life each year.
I know this is only 5 but I can't think of a sixth at the moment and given how important to me the other things are I don't want to diminuitize that by just putting something silly like water.