My mother was in the army (yes, she wore combat boots) and, like clockwork, my family moved every four years. I grew up in small towns all over the country, and still have to fight the urge to be someplace else every so often.
I served four years in the navy. Two years studying Russian and Farsi, (Iranian if you didn’t know) and two at sea. I can still swear in Russian, but my conversational skills are limited. The Farsi hasn’t fared much better. It’s almost impossible to find someone to practice it with. After that, I came to Wisconsin and settled into what most people consider a life.
A few years ago, I lucked into the best job in the world; I get paid to play with other peoples toys. I install electronics on sail and power boats as well as rigging sailboats. I never have to do the same thing twice, and get to meet some of the most interesting people. Honestly, there's nothing better than working on the water. Unless, of course, it's playing in the water.
The kids both like to laugh too. I have an eleven year old boy with a gentle giggle, and a nine year old girl who cackles like a James Bond villain. "No, mr. Dad, I expect you you to cave! Mwah ha ha ha!" She has also convinced me that everything that I hate about women is genetic, and not learned. It’s kind of obvious that they’re both adopted. I worked too hard to get them in the first place, so they come first. Even before me.
When I can, I paint. I use it as a type of therapy, and for some odd reason people like it. At times it's abstract, (swirled paint and anything I can get to stick) other times, it's just an odd idea or feeling that needs to get out.
I am Doobie, Doobie, and Doo
Recently, I started playing the ukulele. It has become something of an obsession.
No, really. I'm one of those people who seems to fail to get attention. A person can look around a room twice, and it's like their eyes just slide past me.
I'm not complaining, far from it. A gift like that would be great if my first career choice as a ninja had worked out. heheh.
My inner geek demands a steady diet of space and superhero movies, but I do like a good dark comedy. I don't watch horror, at least, not by myself. My son has developed a taste for Anime, so I'm reacquainting myself with a lot of stuff I haven't seen in years. My personal favorites (for now, at least) are Mirrormask, A Neal Gaiman film, Serenity, (but anything by Joss Whedon is good) and Dogma. (but, again, I really enjoy anything by Kevin Smith)
Anything is fair game as far as music is concerned, with a couple of glaring exceptions. I don't like country or hip-hop. I won't say that I never listen to them, I just tend to prefer music written as music and not as a way to make money. I suppose that would explain my aversion to American Idol. However, if you mix the two together (like The Gourds version of Gin and Juice) I'll giggle hysterically. I'm currently on a Decemberists and Nina Simone kick, but give me a week, and I'll be fixated on something else. Pandora radio has broadened my musical horizons considerably.
Food can be an adventure. I've never been able to say no to something new, or to try it a second time if the first wasn't that great.
A sketchbook (and the pencils)
A journal (with the fountain pen. Seriously, it's the only way to write.)
A backpack with a change of clothes. (you never know what can happen)
I have worn fishnets (if you haven't been to a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, dont ask.)
I have a weakness for swedish fish. You know, the red, chewy, fish shaped candy. It's been a problem since i was a kid. My son just realized that I always have some in the house. I fear for his teeth.