“The world is full of order that doesn’t necessarily deserve our respect. Sometimes there is meaning, justice, and logic present in the way things are, but sometimes there just isn’t. And I think that the moment we realize this, is the moment we become creative people because it prompts us to mess things up and do something better with the basic pieces of experience.”
~ Kelli Anderson
Speaking of the basic pieces of experience: I have more LEGO bricks than you...but I will share.
When I was a kid (I think about 4), instead of having an invisible friend I would show up at my own front door and ask if I could come out and play. When my mom inquired as to who I was I answered "Peter". I would then come in and help my mom around the house and be very polite. I think my mom wanted to adopt him.
I'm a bit scared of power tools, heights, and horses...but I am trying to get over the power tool thing.
I collect jokers from decks of playing cards. I think I have about 200. (edit: this may be closer to 300 now...)
I currently have two broken teeth. One from wrestling...the other from a PBJ with extra crunchy peanut butter. EXTRA crunchy. (edit: one tooth has been repaired! hooray for dental bills)
I have a deep sense of my own connection to what I consider to be god, but I've only had one experience which I would actually call a "religious" one, and it involved a late night study session, a strong desire for snacks, and a dime.
I don't really like to watch sports (besides UFC), but I'm a sucker for sports movies where the underdog high school team makes it to the big game wins/loses/learns a thing or two about friendship and life, and I cry every time I watch them (including Drumline, if that counts).
I feel that at one time in my life I had a serious addiction to Ebay. I might have bought a concertina and other things...
I can be stubborn when I decide on a course of action. I once sat in a lake under a dock for 3 hours in almost total darkness just so I could scare some friends of mine who claimed they were going skinny dipping. They never came out to the dock.
This behavior may be related to the fact that I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up so I would practice being motionless in the woods. I also once sat under a kitchen table for about 2 hours in hopes to scare my friend Mike. I scared him big time.
I dated Miss North Dakota.
I am pretty horrible at writing thank you cards. Umm...thanks?
I hate it when I have a plan or I'm working on a plan to do something and someone suggests that I do it before I can carry out the plan.
I make a lot of "to do" lists as a way to avoid doing the things on said list.
I was married for a while to a pretty cool woman. We are still friends and occasionally grab brunch to catch up. If I had to name the things most directly responsible for me marrying my ex-wife I would have to say Nine Inch Nails, The Vagina Monologues, and that old Embers that used to be on Hennepin.
I nude modeled in college.
I met Lionel Richie. He signs his autographs "Hello."
If I'd been a girl, my parents would have named me Sarah.
When I go to the movies, the candy I usually want is Dots. When I eat them, I have to take two different colored dots (hard to tell in the dark theater) squish them together and eat them. If there is an odd number of Dots in the box, I won't eat the last one. If the last two are the same color, I won't eat either of them. At least two other people in my family developed this same habit without knowing the others did it. So...Dot smooshing is genetic.
For a while, I was so good at imitating the sounds of squirrels that I could coax one down from a tree. It wasn't until they got within feet of me that they realized I wasn't a squirrel, at which point they gave me a stern talking to.
One of the proudest days of my life was when my youngest sister upon being told by my parents that Santa wasn't real scowled at them and yelled: "Well I think that Santa Claus is real, and Jesus is fake because I've seen Santa, but I've never seen Jesus!"
My favorite thing to do is create amazing experiences for my family and friends. One 4th of July I made a map and buried a treasure chest full of frozen chocolate coins in the beach for my 4 year old nephew to find and dig up. I might have worn a pirate hat the whole time...
Alright, a final quote for you. One of my favorites:
"He rubbed his eyes and scratched his head and laughed because he wasn't dead."
~ Maurice Sendak
Finding other people's lost items, but not my own.
Putting on a dance party for the people where I work - seriously, I own a laser light.
Listening and getting people to talk.
Maybe from now on I will ask people what they first notice so I have more to say...
I like to read, but while I was in graduate school I had little time other than books about Marriage and Family Therapy. For fun, I mostly read fantasy. I have read The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Borribles trilogy multiple times. Huge fan of Neil Gaiman. I read A Wrinkle In Time every year or so...The Little Prince...Trying to think of nonfiction books...The Ethical Slut is great...Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe...I like poetry. My favorite poets are Stephen Dunn, Marge Piercy, Wendell Berry, and Mary Oliver.
Favorite movies in no particular order: The Fall, Mirrormask, Amelie, Spirited Away, The Fisher King, Ex Machina, Time Bandits, Finding Nemo (though I like pretty much everything Pixar does), Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Alien, Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, Inside Man, Memento, Fight Club, Cabin in the Woods (if you don't like Joss Whedon, don't see it), You Me and Everyone We Know, Pan's Labyrinth, Emperor's New Groove, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Coraline, Treasure Planet, Where the Wild Things Are, Halloween (the original), Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Wedding Singer...there are others...
TV...Twin Peaks, True Detective (not sure what I think of season 2 yet), Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, I liked what I saw of True Blood and American Horror Story, Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory is funny on occasion, Ru Paul's Drag Race is awesome but I already have a watching partner (yes, I am monogamous with TV show watching), and I watch some Family Guy and Bob's Burgers on occasion. Some old favorites include The Muppet Show, I am a Joss Whedon fan so Firefly, Buffy, Angel...when I was in high school I liked The Cosby Show (damn it, Bill! Why did you have to be an evil dude?), My So-called Life, and I am little embarrassed to admit that I was part of a small crew of random guys in my undergrad that would get together and watch Dawson's Creek. It was kind of magical... Also, does Ted Talks count as TV?
Why is food in this section? Hmm...I like many kinds of food. I like to cook. I can be a food snob, but I also love me a good burger... brunch is a favorite meal...Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Chicago style pizza, restaurants like Victory 44 and Restaurant Alma...Seward Cafe is one of my favorite places to relax with a good book and bottomless tea...Jasmine Deli, Quang, Glam Doll Donuts, The Creamery...Surly Beer - Bender!!!...Young's Double Chocolate Stout (my fav), Baker's Wife - eat the tea cakes! I also really like to make snow cones...I think i have at least 10 flavors of syrup!
In the interest of full disclosure, I do have herpes simplex 1. It is sometimes called "oral herpes," but you can get it other places, like genitally, as I do. If this puts you off, I get it. However, before you let that stop you from dating me, do yourself a favor and get tested. You may think you were tested, but unless you SPECIFICALLY ask to be tested for herpes, they only do it if they suspect you have an outbreak. The numbers vary, but supposedly between 70 and 80 percent of the population have either type 1 or 2. I am just saying, you may already have it and just not know. That is my herpes public service announcement. Cue the music.