I penned what I still consider to be one of my best essays ever, entitled, "If I Was 100 Feet Tall." In those three paragraphs, I chronicled my journey through jungles where I'd converse eye-to-eye with giraffes while parrots flew round my head, and explained how I'd walk across the Atlantic ocean. It was a hoot. Truly, it was the most fun I had ever had with schoolwork up to that point. Yep, that's right. It even beat out finger-painting in kindergarten.
The next day, we all arrived in class eager for feedback on our magna opera. However, the teacher entered the room with a solemn look that instantly drained the class of its energy. She began a presentation on gigantism; it was a cautionary tale about a man known as the Alton Giant. "Sonuvabitch, she's calling me out," I thought. At first, I was mortified, but that quickly gave way to anger. She explained that this gentle giant died at the age of 22 due to his medical condition. The moral of her story: be careful what you wish for.
I had been set up.
Two things happened as a result. One, it spawned a lifelong mistrust for institutionalized authority. Two, I decided to ignore her practicality and promise myself to never stop imagining what might be, because who wants to live in a world where third-graders have to worry about the consequences of being 100-feet tall?
I also really like the Wu-Tang Clan.
[To the dozen+ people who have sent me a message telling me how sad this anecdote made them, you're reading it wrong. To the girl who wrote me and said, "Damn, I literally just burst into laughter at work when I got to I also really like the Wu-Tang Clan," you totally get it.]
After a few years in journalism, I made the switch to advertising. Now I'm a writer and creative strategist for film advertising and marketing. My work also takes me to amazing places around the world.
And every other term, I teach a college class on the side. Clearly, I hate sleep.
Movies: Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Master, American Beauty, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Blade Runner, Coffee and Cigarettes, A Clockwork Orange, Requiem for a Dream, Before Midnight (whole trilogy), Lost in Translation, and anything Wes Anderson, Lars von Trier, Tarantino, or David Lynch. Oh, and I cannot forget cheesy horror films, classic sci-fi, and most superhero movies -- huge soft spot for genre films.
Books: House of Leaves, Pale Fire, Brave New World, To the Lighthouse, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Henry Miller, Philip Roth, David Foster Wallace (especially his essays), Bukowski, E.E. Cummings, Kurt Vonnegut, the Beat Generation, Existentialists, and on and on. Also, I read a ridiculous amount of comic books and graphic novels.
Music: very eclectic and vinyl. Currently, I'm on a Syd Barrett kick. Update: the Barrett kick has ended, as did Blackalicious, The Glitch Mob, and Childish Gambino. Now it's David Bowie. Nix that, it's The Beach Boys (thanks Love and Mercy).
TV: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Arrow, Doctor Who, Lost, X-Files, Fringe, Arrested Development, Orphan Black, Sherlock, Luther, and, well, you get the idea.
Great friends ... Life is better surrounded by intelligent, inspiring people
Reading/ Movies ... I need to consume stories on the regular.
Jiu Jitsu ... started a year ago and addicted.
Those up until 2 am conversations about the universe
Avocado rolls ... and in mass quantity w/ lots of wasabi
Oh, and this quote:
"The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today." -Lawrence M. Krauss
Also, this: http://www.boreme.com/posting.php?id=26659
And I will sometimes jam to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KUiXtz10Ho
I know that quote is a bit overplayed nowadays, but it's spot-on accurate. So, if you're passionate, creative, nerdy, geeky, irreverent and make your own path, then I'd love to get to know you -- as friends, or more.
Also, I am over casual dating and not into random hook-ups. It would be great to find something of substance.