I'm not exactly sure where to start. Should I just warn you?
No doubt, everyone is different…and special. If we spend some time together, you'll see soon enough that my clockwork has different cogs.
But not to discourage. I only say it now in order to be upfront and I think if you're like me, you'll understand how I mean it. Indeed, should our clockworks tick synchronously, I would love to lavish my attention and affections upon you!
I haven't watched television for over ten years and feel it has only helped to protect my mind from an ongoing assault of ignorance and mediocrity. To not know who Judge Judy is, is a plus in my book. I like to be active but generally detest most, if not all, organised sporting events. Nothing could be more excruciating than sitting around the big screen watching obscenely overpaid, extra-chromosome steroid abusers chasing a ball back and forth or beating the snot out of each other; well, except maybe going to an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical or having breakfast with a televangelist. On second thought, I believe I'd still prefer the musical along with the risk of having to go on medication afterward before I'd step foot in a stadium…unless there were televangelists and lions. Now that I could go for.
I lived in Germany for many years and speak the language fluently. The current trend of not knowing the difference between "your" and "you're" or "there" and "their" makes me wince. I love language and words, have great respect for them, and I find it very unfortunate that language in the US is in a state of devolution (not unlike everything else). Oh, yes, I do like Devo.
I prefer most any kind of vodka as long as it's not the cheap stuff in a plastic bottle. Becherovka and cola is my secret favourite. A cigarillo and a drink go hand in hand and I say that knowing how it is viewed in the United States. Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, "It has been my experience that those with no vices have very few virtues." I agree.
I value politeness but can also be curt. I am brash and humble. I'm serious and juvenile, reckless and responsible. I cannot tolerate intolerance and I also know what a contradiction is. While I was brought up in a Christianoid household, I am an anti-theist. I am not a fan of religion as my world is reality-based and I am not one to give into harmful delusions (the fun ones are something else, of course). Animals, the ocean, real food, and travel - yes, I especially like these things. I also like oxygen in my atmosphere but that's just a personal preference. Irreverent to the point of iconoclasm (and then, perhaps, beyond), I can be devilish and unpredictable but all in good fun.
Unknown facts: I wear glasses to read and write, I don't mind peeling the potatoes, I don't find "feminist" a negative term, I don't kill spiders.
That's a very small cross section of what makes me who I am.
I have started way too many sentences with "I".
I can tell you what makes me unique, though. Three things come to mind off the top of my head; my fingerprints, my retinal pattern, and my genome. There's nothing like them anywhere else. I promise.
1) complete anthology of Poe's works
2) complete anthology of Lovecraft's works
3) Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness
4) Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine
5) The Neverending Story
Other authors who have either impressed or influenced me are Theodor Seuss Geisel, Maurice Sendak, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak, Umberto Eco, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Berkeley Breathed, Arthur Machen, Ramsey Campbell, Albert Camus, Voltaire, Alice Schwarzer, William S. Burroughs, Anthony Burgess, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Clive Barker, Rod Serling, Upton Sinclair, Walker Percy, Gore Vidal, J. M. Coetzee, Arundhati Roy, Margaret Atwood, Christopher Hitchens, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Anton Chekhov, Thom Hartmann, Noam Chomsky, Jean-Paul Sartre, Hermann Hesse, Joseph Campbell, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Naomi Klein, Stephen J. Gould, and many, many more.
Although this all looks very serious, I make sure to season the cerebral with a healthy portion of nonsense. Truth be told, my brain has an endless capacity for it.
Music gives books a very close race and I'll admit to being somewhat elitist about it. I highly doubt I would ever be compatible with someone who listens to gospel or Christian metal, for example. On the subject of Christian "metal", how do they manage without using "fuck"? My guess is this music really sucks. If you listen to Daddy Combs or Beyoncé, or if you regularly consume the horrid afterbirths of the "Let Me Be Someone!" shows, the curve of probability representing us coming together is infinitely approaching zero. If you like Aphex Twin or Nine Inch Nails, let's talk!
My musical foundation lies with David Bowie (a great loss), Joy Division, The Cure, KoЯn, Peaches, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Justin Bieber, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Boards of Canada, Björk, The Smiths, Prince, and "dozens" more!
--the previous mention of young Master Bieber was just to make sure these lists hadn't already put you to sleep--
For the past few years I have found myself listening to more and more trip hop. I love Cinéphile, Zero 7, Portishead, Everything but the Girl, and the like. Total thumbs-up for The xx! I'd say overall I'm drawn to indie, as broad as that spectrum is. My most recent purchase was Metronomy's 'Love Letters'. It's a new discovery but I'm totally in love with this band already.
See what I mean?
There's some good downtempo stuff out there; like Mono. While I'm thinking about it, you can add Goldfrapp and Télépopmusik to the list of favourites, as well. As I don't own any hogs to slop in the morning, I've yet to find much use for country. There are exceptions, of course. Hank Williams Sr. or Johnny Cash, for example, and Willie Nelson's 'You Were Always on My Mind' could make me teary-eyed if I let it. On the other hand, there's Left Lane Cruiser. What is that? Hillbilly punk? It is so tasty! Being forced to choose between seeing and hearing would be most difficult. Sight is the more important sense but to live without music? Hard choice. Ask me again sometime.
While I don't watch commercial TV, I do love films and am a Netflix subscriber. I enjoyed 'Breaking Bad' and 'Dexter'; currently up to date on 'House of Thrones' and 'Game of Cards'. Between that and internet streaming of things like The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, or Real Time I can rack up some viewing time but my life centers in no way around watching "my shows". The last film I watched that really left an impression was 'Black Fish'. Some of my all-time favourites are 'Angel Heart', 'The Name of the Rose', 'Blue Velvet', 'A Touch of Evil', and 'Mississippi Burning' and I believe several characters from the original Star Trek series were surrogate parents for me at some point in my earlier years (yes, I know). For me, David Cronenberg's 'The Fly' is a tragic love story, while 'Jesus Camp' is the most frightening horror film I have ever seen. I could actually name many more but these lists are slowly becoming self-perpetuating.
For news I depend to 98.21% upon the intertubes (calculated it just for you). I read various foreign and domestic websites and try to catch Amy Goodman or Thom Hartmann when I can. I'm considering subscribing to the Mike Malloy podcast because I really enjoy him. RIP Bartcop.
One of the more enjoyable ways to dip into a different culture is through the food. I love learning about new people and cultures - the equation has a predictable ending, right? Trying things I've never had before is a great way to spend an evening but I cannot really name a particular favourite. Like just about anyone else I like the standard sushi/italian/nebulous asian-fusion fare. Cooking new things is really cool and if they don't work out we can always call out for pizza.
non-human companions (cats, dogs, the occasional black widow)
I'm metric, so…
a heavy rain season
In truth I can do without most "things".
I spend even more time thinking about you.
I know that's not as exciting as that one time in band camp but for that story we will have to meet first.
For the past 1,5 years I've gotten heavily into creating photographic images, mainly with Hipstamatic and Snapseed. It would be wonderful to go on a photo expedition with someone who also shares this passion.