I am a fairly amiable, somewhat sociable misanthrope from the wilds of central NJ. I own far too many books (history and science fiction are my favorites but I'll try just about anything). I like good conversation, but not over coffee, because I don't drink coffee. Well, I mean, YOU can go ahead and order coffee, that's fine. While I'm amenable to any kind of social outing, for me the company I keep is more important than the endeavor of the moment. Although I would probably draw the line at ice fishing. I just don't get the concept or the appeal.
I am a Libra, born in the Year of the Tiger, but I don't actually know what either of those things signify. I'm a jungle cat who sees the wisdom in both sides of any given argument, I guess?
I feel like I should warn you all that if there is a gene for interest in sports, it's recessive in my particular pop culture genotype. I know for some people that can be a deal-killer. (I watch sports movies, though.) Unapologetic sci-fi dork here. I can't tell you who's leading the National League in stolen bases, but on the other hand, I DO know who played Lobot, Lando Calrissian's cyborg assistant, in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, so, it's not like I'm totally uncultured.
I tend to be pretty liberal in my thinking, but I have friends and family across the political spectrum and appreciate a good discussion and honest disagreement more than an uncomfortable silence dancing awkwardly around verboten subjects. Somebody once called me argumentative, but they were, of course, wrong, which I went on to demonstrate indisputably in my five-point rebuttal.
Well, this self-summary is almost as long as the old one was. Mission failure.
I am also pretty good at playing those homemade banjos your uncle used to make using a cigar box and some rubber bands. I don't think I'm ready to record just yet, though. For me it's about connecting with an audience more than record sales and Grammy nominations.
Movies: Old STAR TREK movies, old James Bond movies, the original STAR WARS movies, the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy but not the HOBBIT trilogy…oh god I'm a cranky old nerd, aren't I. I really DO enjoy all different kinds of cinema, I swear. Favorites include NETWORK, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, THE THIN RED LINE, DR. STRANGELOVE, NIXON, THE THIRD MAN, and BRAZIL.
Shows: Current faves are AMERICAN HORROR STORY (although it gets weaker each season), BETTER CALL SAUL, HELL ON WHEELS, MAD MEN, GAME OF THRONES, and the superhero shows on the CW. I've been WALKING DEAD-free for about a year now.
Music: Is Def Leppard still together? If not, please don't tell me. I couldn't bear it.
Food: Having lost over one hundred pounds recently – er, not all at once, it's not like somebody chopped me in half or anything – I am one of those tedious WW Points counters, so whatever I eat, it's in small portions. Being genetically Irish, spicy fare is not really my thing, although I handle Italian or a mild BBQ sauce. Boy, is this possibly interesting to ANYONE? Who is out there reading profiles and saying to themselves, "Aha! He likes potatoes au gratin! That clinches it!"