I shall be flying out early tomorrow morning. Plans are to visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wander around the V&A Waterfront and The Biscuit Mill and take in some light theatre in the form of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
I wonder why I have the jitters?
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Quizzes, questions and, sporadically, conversation: these are why I have remained a user of OKCupid for several years.
In this time, I have been in contact with a handful of women, [not all at once] and have been playing Scrabble on Facebook with one of them for the past two years and counting.
I am content with my own company most of the time, and do not think that I would do at well at dating. This should not be taken to mean that I don't want friends, or at least to "meet" people with a view to regular online chats. Online gaming even. Owing to my life circumstances, I cannot turn any potential friendships into romantic relationships.
When I say that I don't want children, I mean that I don't believe that I would make a good parent. I am also not in a position to be able to support, feed, clothe, educate and help the child on the way to adulthood.
Though I have labelled myself as heterosexual and do admire the female form, I feel uncomfortable at the very mention of sexual activity. I don't know whether or not this makes me asexual. How important are these categories if one is not looking to engage in romantic relationships anyway?
When I do go out, and am not shopping/window shopping, I gravitate towards libraries, bookshops, and computer games and hardware stores. My home town could do with more of these - and larger library.
Commonly used character names: Aelryce, Andaeriel, Phaerian, Midnyte
Preferred species: Human, most Elf sub-species
Alignment: Lawful good or Chaotic Neutral
Preferred classes: Magic user, rogue, ranger, biotics specialist, tech. specialist
If I could change my profile name without having to pony up the Rand equivalent of $20, it would be something along the lines of BetweenWorlds.
I take pride in my work, but am not a slave to it, and look forward to doing the things that bring me pleasure outside of working hours.
Appreciating the time I spend with my family, close and extended, wherever they are. Though expected, death may come suddenly.
Owing to the number of science fiction and fantasy books at my local library, I have [rather than regularly reading what is available] taken to branching out into the Crime, Medical, and Urban Fantasy genres.
Fantasy and science fiction:
Isaac, Asimov, Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson, Douglas Adams, David Gemmell, Robert Jordan, J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist, Mary Zucker Reichert, Terry Pratchett
Popular science [By subject]
Astronomy and Cosmology, Genetics, Computers and Technology, the English Language, Prehistory [more specifically the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras], Western Mythology, Quantum Mechanics [I can't say that I understand it, nonetheless it intrigues me.]
Joe Deaver, Kathy Reichs, J.D. Robb, Karin Slaughter
Other: Janet Evanovich
Comics: Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Madam and Eve, Asterix, Birds of Prey, X-Men/X-Force, Runaways, Firestorm, Avengers, Captain Marvel [Carol Danvers], Ms Marvel [Kamala Khan], Aphrodite IX, Inhumans, Silver Surfer, Guardians of the Galaxy and more. I have a Marvel Unlimited subscription, and buy comics using Humblebundle.com.
Having tried some alternatives, I find myself returning to iTunes to get my podcast fix. I have managed to pare down my subscriptions to a more reasonable selection since the last time I mentioned podcasts in my profile.
I seldom visit a cinema. If I do watch a movie, it will be on ShowMax or Netflix. Most of what broadcast on public television has already shown at least half a dozen times. Though I do, by law, have to pay an annual TV license it serves more as a screen for gaming andwatching rented DVDs, BluRay discs or whatever is available on Netflix/Google Movies/ShowMax.
My cinematic tastes tend toward science fiction and fantasy. I pay little attention to reviews, but watch what I enjoy. Suicide Squad being case in point.
There is very little on public television that interests me. Now that Netflix has launched in South Africa, I am more likely to watch shows on that platform. During my free month's trial, I managed to get through season one of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, as well as a few movies. My internet connectivity woes are no more. I signed up for uncapped LTE, and cancelled my fixed line service. The service is decidedly more brisk and reliable than my ADSL was!
Music: Mozart, Holst, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Grieg, Elgar, ABBA, Kate Bush, certain film sound tracks.
Primarily role playing games such as Dragon Age and Nox. I have not yet got around to playing any of Bioware's earlier work [Baldur's Gate, etc] I am also a sucker for shoot 'em ups [Star Saviours, Raiden, Demon Star, Raptor, and Enemy Mind, for example] I enjoyed what Quest for Glory games I have played [or tried to play]. Tachyon: The Fringe, Wing Commander IV and Prophecy, Dungeon Keeper 2, Heavenly Sword, Mass Effect 3, and Halo 3 were good, too. So many games, so little time! I have too many games on too many platforms. I know that I should let most of them go, but......inertia.....don't know where to begin.
Libraries, because books are expensive, and storage space scarce. Books/magazines/comics: still my primary form of entertainment. [I would happily pay a yearly subscription to belong to a vast online library from which I could read a given number of books a month.]
My job: because most of I need or enjoy has a price tag. [A sense of pride in getting things done doesn't hurt either.]
Modern medicine, in the absence of which I would not exist. [This is beginning to read like the acknowledgements section of an award acceptance speech.]
Time alone: protracted interaction with more than a handful of other humans, especially the rowdier sort, exhausts me.
My computer and internet connection.
To what degree my thoughts and ideas are inconsistent with reality.
Whether a given activity is worth pursuing.
The disjuncture between the expectations that some people have of me and my own experience. [Now and then, I need to remind myself to make peace with who and what I am, and not to drive myself to exhaustion trying to live up to the expectations of others. I pushed myself severely at at school, and did reasonably well there through sheer hard work and memorisation, though I struggled with subjects like Maths. Some people anticipated that I would eventually graduate from university. I did not. I hope that they have accepted that I am not as smart and ambitious as they thought.
Whether, whenever I find myself addressing a woman, they suspect me of having ulterior motives when all I am doing is being polite or trying to be helpful, rather than making a nuisance of myself.
Whether I am overthinking the above.
I feel intimidated by those who OKCupid's algorithms measure as my closest matches. They are more accomplished and have seen more of the world than I have.