Oxymoron12
29 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
I could spend a day lost in Powell's and have done. I will play any piano in a room like a moth to flame; tickling the ivory is my favorite way to let off steam, as it were. I guess I express my artistic bent as a writer too. I love words and to play with them so that they more than communicate, but jump through hoops. In other words, I like poetry. Sometimes I share my own at venues around town.
I got to spend some of my formative years in Italy and Switzerland. So I have no shortage of amusing anecdotes and more than a few words of French. My parents once dropped me off, when I was in sixth grade, for a basketball camp in Zurich. No sooner did they leave me there for a week, then I found out the camp was in Swiss German, not English; and I couldn't speak that for the life of me.
If my friends described me as a quieter, intellectual type, they would be right enough, I think. They would also tell you I am no stodgy, dusty bookworm. Going out on the town with friends, hosting dinner parties, checking out films, concerts and theater are some of the things I do when not studying for a class or working.
What I’m doing with my life
Wrapping up my degree—English Literature & Writing major—selecting a potential grad school, working on my art and making ends meet.
I’m really good at
Finding the funny in the unlikeliest places; listening well in conversation and expressing my own thoughts; writing on whatever strikes my fancy or poetry given the inspiration; I am a wunderkind at procrastination; remembering faces, if not always names; hosting dinner parties for friends and what not.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hat (if I'm wearing it of course)
I listen well
Intelligent without any pretense; good-humored without carelessness.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
W O R D S Palahniuk, Jane Austin, David Sedaris, Voltaire, Vonnegut, Kafka, Hunter S. Thompson, Gladwell, Adams, Orwell, Hemingway, Calvin and Hobbes, Plays Shakespeare, Oscar Wild, Schwartz, &c.

S C R E E N Eternal Sunshine, Lost In Translation, Run Lola Run, Harold and Maude, Amadeus, The Usual Suspects, His Girl Friday, O Brother, The Fifth Element, Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, The Goonies, &c. Shows The IT Crowd, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Arrested Development, QI, Seinfeld, Twin Peaks, The Daily Show, any wildlife documentary with David Attenborough, &c.

M U S I C Spoon, The Smiths, Muse, The Velvet Underground, Queen, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Elliot Smith, Kate Bush, The Mountain Goats, Built To Spill, The Flaming Lips, Blind Pilot, Ratatat, Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Prince, the Decemberists, &c. My taste is pretty diverse, and I always welcome being introduced to new things.

F O O D Ethiopian, ice cream (the real gelato I had in Italy takes the crown, as the best I've yet had), pizza (cooked in a wood-oven is ideal), Mexican, Thai, fresh NW Salmon, &c. I have eclectic taste in this category too, as with music you could say, &c.
The six things I could never do without
Paper and a pen for writing
Coffee
Both free and easy banter on anything under the sun and solid conversation
Sublime music
Close friends and family
A passport for world adventuring
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why certain things haven't been invented yet, the latest project to satisfy my literary/artistic ambitions, the people in my life, how to keep growing and creating, bettering myself and my quality of life.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out with friends, perhaps, going out on the town, to a witty play, a foreign film or a live indie concert; writing, writing, writing (sometimes for a pesky submission deadline...
You should message me if
You like to laugh, learn, expand your horizons, don't take yourself too seriously. If somewhere in my profile I piqued your interest.
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