– Please Understand Me II
I distrust authority on principle but I earn my money as a petty bureaucrat- this makes me something like a spineless iconoclast. I try to have a clever comment for any situation, but it's so seldom appropriate to voice it. I listen to big band and swing, but I hate to dance. I'm excessively early to movies, precisely on time to parties, and generally overdressed for any occasion. I would rather walk than drive, which is why I've moved closer to work and my favorite bars– I'm not so much environmentally conscious as sedentary and a bad driver.
I would describe myself as tranquil. It sounds like a superlative, but if we expound on the idea it becomes less flattering. I enjoy staying in and watching a movie, reading, or having an odd and topic-jumping conversation with a friend. I don't like excessive noise or crowds. I'm quiet. I've been accused of being emotionally distant, but only by non-romantic acquaintances.
I live with one cat. She describes me as slow-witted, but comfortable.
I try to write screenplays, speculative short stories, and mystery novels. I'd like one day to make a living with words, but my total compensation for all my works has thusfar amounted to a t-shirt, a kiss and $50. I like to play air hockey in bars. I waste time on the internet, specifically LiveJournal. I read and watch movies– I would be a better person if I did more of the former than the latter.
I play board games and roleplaying games, or would like to, but most of my partners in crime have left for less arid locales. I used to hike, fish and camp, but I'd prefer to just sit on a roof and stare at the sky quietly; it's less sweaty and I have access to hot water and soap.
Specific works include A Confederacy of Dunces, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Apathy (and Other Small Victories), The Master and Margarita, The Club Dumas, and A Canticle for Leibowitz.
B) The first shelf of my DVD rack: The Big Lebowski (and most Coen endeavors), The Princess Bride, The Third Man, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zero Effect, Charade, Lawrence of Arabia, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dr. Strangelove, In Bruges. I'm a voracious movie-watcher, so I've probably seen your favorites as well.
C) My favorite band is Pink Martini. My favorite album is Van Morrison's Moondance. I sing Sinatra and Martin at karaoke. I was one of the Blues Brothers for Halloween.
D) I gravitate toward all-night diners, since I eat out constantly. I have a theory that I would enjoy eating healthy, but so far my only good quality in this regard is that I'm addicted to grapefruit juice.
Computer with internet, books, movies, like-minded confederates, a sense of purpose and at least one area of competence.
Philosophy, ethics, economics and political science.
If you have a high tolerance for geekery.
If you're using me to get to my cat.