I love cooking and trying to learn new recipes. I love cooking for others to enjoy and as my friends have told me, "You are a bitchin' cook!" I take that as a good sign!
I used to be a music major and traveled a bit. I was lucky enough to visit Shanghai twice for a parade as part of a group representing the Tournament of Roses Honor Band and loved getting to see the extreme differences between pre-modernization and post-modernization. Both trips fed into one of my degrees, History with a focus on Asia.
I'm looking to explore the sights and sounds of LA, especially since I haven't really done so, despite living here for most of my life. Places on my list include the Science Center w/ the new Endeavor exhibit and the Hollywood sign, but chances are if you can name a place, I still haven't been and want to go!
My best friend Cristen also wrote a short blurb about me:
"Ben is one of the friendliest, and most optimistic people I've ever met - I'm surprised that he always sees the silver lining in the worst of situations. He's a big-time lover of animals, sports, and a good movie, he's quite an easygoing guy. He's loyal to a fault, as my panicked mid-night calls can attest to. He's helped me get through some really rough patches and I don't know where I'd be without him. I can always count on him."
Oh and I am Homestuck :) if you get this, woohoo!
I am currently working on becoming certified to teach History at the high school level, but I am looking to become a collegiate professor to teach Ethnic Studies or the history of immigration in the U.S.
Sorting through applications and the like for grad school reminds me of being a high school senior applying for undergraduate college. This is as confusing as I remember it
Officially passed my CSET single subject! Woo!
After asking around, I'm told my laugh stands out a lot as well. Though, it has been a mixed review. I'm also told my smile is great, so that works ;]
Some of my favorite movies include The Shawshank Redemption, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Siege, Star Wars (yes even the prequels, if only because of their purpose of expanding the universe.)
TV shows: Futurama, Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, NCIS, Star Trek: The Next Generation, American Dad, Criminal Minds, Dirty Jobs, Pawn Stars, Covert Affairs...gah I keep adding more as I think about them!
Music: A fan of all genres except for most rap. Rap is artistic but not music to me =P
Food: I don't think I have experienced a type of food I don't like yet! As a sidenote, I do enjoy cooking.
As for games, I'm a fan of basically all game genres, but I'm big on adventure, rpg types the most. Big ones off the top of my head are Mass Effect (the series, except the end of 3, UGH), Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
After much thought, I know one of them is the internet (Oh the world we live in)
I also spend way too much time thinking about various plotholes in movies and how in the world I could fix them so the movie would make more sense.
Currently spending a lot of time thinking about my grad school apps (in progress) and how to continue helping my kids excel in school.
Recently I've been debating on whether to keep this thing or not. Blah.
Trying to work in some pool on a more consistent basis.
I've been biking again too! Though I'm sidelined by a flat tire right now. CURSE YOU BROKEN GLASS!
Seriously, say hi >.>; I swear I'm just as goofy I say I am! Wait, is that a good thing? Hmm.