Both my parents were small business owners. My mom owned a book store, and my dad owned a comic books store. So I grew up reading a lot of both.
I'm a pretty big goofball. I don't take things seriously unless it is absolutely necessary.
I have a close knit small group of friends, rather than the large amount of acquaintances. I am loyal to the ends of the Earth. I would do anything for them.
I'm optimistic, and non-cynical. Even with that and I still have a lot of problems with the way the world is, but I try not to focus on the negative. I'd rather believe in people and be disappointed then look at the world as a negative place.
In High School I became incredibly interested in Politics and History. I went to UCLA for my degree in political science with the intent to eventually teach, but I'm working so much on running my own business right now, that teaching has been put on the back-burner, but its still out there.
A couple of my beliefs:
Remember who you are.
--People too often are willing to act in a way that is not natural. To please someone else, to fool someone else. Being yourself is the only way to be honest with anyone.
I'd rather make the mistake of trying too hard when I should have given up, than given up when I should have tried harder.
I am contemplative, humorous, and Batman
Trying to be the best friend, brother and son I can be.
Over the last two years I have lost 100 pounds. This is both a source of pride and embarrassment. Embarrassing because I had enough on me to lose 100 pounds and encouraging because it was a lot of hard work. I've still got a little more to go, so I'd love to meet someone with a similar interest in being/becoming fit.
Discussing anything ridiculous.
Commitment and changing myself.
Trivia about almost anything.
(a) 1. Starman by James Robinson - Nothing has defined my relationship with my family better than this.
2. Preacher by Garth Ennis - Crazy. Wildly blasphemous. And the best story of friendship I have ever read.
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I have never read a book and gasped - until I read this book. Creepy, yet hopeful.
4. Timeline by Michael Crichton - Time travel from the author of Jurassic Park, so yes, I really liked it.
5. People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn - Anyone with any interest in history absolutely MUST read this book.
6. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris - The definitive biography of Teddy's life before becoming president. And its only like 1000 pages, so everyone should read it. Fun facts: Teddy wrote definitive texts on insect study and ocean warfare under the age of 20. He was an avid boxer, and challenged the heavyweight champion to a boxing match while President. He got punched so hard he went blind, then never told anyone. The charge up San Juan Hill when he was a Rough Rider was too steep for his horse, so he ran up it himself.
7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hensen - I saw the movie and immediately said "I need this book." One of the best books and saddest biographies. A perfect example of how awful we should never listen to mass media when judging someone.
8. Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O'Malley - Oh. Oh goodness. These books are so good. An awesome look at love and growing up for the generation that grew up playing video games.
9. Replay by Ken Grimwood - Like Groundhog Day, but for your entire life. What if you could live your entire life over again. What would you do differently?
10. Lamb by Cristopher Moore - The story of Jesus in the years that aren't covered in the bible. How was he growing up? Its as much about his best friend, Biff, as it is about Jesus. A fantastic story of friendship, and this is coming from a non-believer, so you should realize how good it is.
11. America Tabloid by James Ellroy - I don't know if this would be my favorite Ellroy novel, but it was the first one I read. I found it in the garbage with the cover ripped off. I started reading it, and did not stop.
12. The Guards by Ken Bruen - I'm going to kind of lump the entire Jack Taylor series together in one spot. Thanks, James! Gritty Irish crime with an incredibly depressing twist.
13. Different Seasons by Stephen King - Contains the novellas that became Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption, and Apt Pupil. Is it cheating to name a book with four short stories in it? Too bad!
14. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
15. Panda Cake by Rosalie Seidler - The first book I ever 'read' I would want it read to me every night before I went to sleep. My mom would read it to me, but my dad would try to skip words or paraphrase, and I would tell him "No, that's not it." And when my dad realized that I had memorized the whole book, he would start testing me.
I can't keep updating Books! I have six bookcases in my room, and I'm just about out of space in them. Yikes!
(b) Movies are my favorite art form. They can function as pure escapism and as high art and be entertaining in both. Love love love movies. Hitchcock!
Back to the Future
Good Will Hunting
The Magnificent Seven
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Touch of Evil
Once Upon a Time in the West
Silence of the Lambs
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
History of Violence
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Shaun of the Dead
Fast Times at Ridgmont High
You said Blazing Saddles twice. I like Blazing Saddles.
Tarantino, Kubrick, Hitchcock, David Fincher, Steve McQueen
(c) music (I collect all of my music on vinyl records or iPod) Creedence, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, DAVID BOWIE, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Nillson
From Modern times: White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins, Keane, Foo Fighters, The Dirtbombs, The Black Keyes, Wolfmother, Stereophonics, The Like, Fitz and the Tantrums, Kreeps
What, not indy enough for you? You can cram it with walnuts!
(e) TV shows. Scrubs, The Daily Show, Early Simpsons, 24, Heroes, Studio 60, House, Twilight Zone, Married... With Children, Sports Night, Chappelle's Show, Deadwood, Venture Bros., Aqua Teen, The Shield, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Blood, Ducktales plenty o' others. Dexter. Breaking Bad. Mad Men.
Holy crap! The Wire is amazing! Why didn't anyone tell me this? Wait... you all told me how good it is. This is all my fault.
How about 6 things that not everybody has already said?
Vinyl Records. Art. Root Beer. Road Trips. Those German Gummi Bears. Air Conditioning.
I was recently standing in line at the post office. Two older women were ahead of me. A little girl was standing next to her mother at the teller and she started singing and dancing in the middle of the post office. I was admiring how cute the child was when one of the old women said something "Don't you wish you could have that much fun?" The other replied "Yes, so care free." And I thought, why can't we have that much fun? Too much of our lives is spent dissecting our shortcomings and failures. Too much is spent worrying about tommorrow when you have all today to play. Too much is spent wondering what everyone else thinks of you, when all that matters is what YOU think of you. And not enough time is spent dancing (at least figuratively).
Why we don't have machines that both wash and dry clothes. I mean, come on.
I've recently come to the conclusion that I don't make friends the way other people make friends. My best friend and I have been friends for 20 years. When I make a friend, its for life. I kind of just always thought that was how everyone did it.
>Quentin Tarantino has called me gay.
>I have seriously injured my hand three times. And not in ways that are manly either.
>I enjoy singing and dancing, despite being comically bad. Really bad. Imagine the worst singer you've ever heard. A couple steps below that. I've had more than one person interupt my singing by saying "Don't quit your day job." while I was actually at my day job. Jerks!
>I've been lost in the woods. Like, hopelessly lost. I emerged from the woods 3 hours later, 3 miles from where my car was. So don't ask me for directions.
I don't know where to put this quote I love, so I'm throwing it right here:
"a loveless world is a dead world, and always there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons, of one's work, and of devotion of duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart." Albert Camus