“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
--the Prophet Hunter S. Thompson.
I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon.
I'm back and forth with this profile, leaving it on and going into hibernation. I really like OKC's matching algorithms, and have made some incredible friends through this site.
But when my profile is active, I tend to lurk over here, a LOT more than I feel is healthy, especially when I have a few real-life relationships that I'd rather spend cultivating.
If you and I have high match numbers, email me something clever, shocking, irreverent, witty, beautiful, or threatening so we can start to chat.
OKC used to have a "three-adjectives that describe me" category, and I refuse to do away with it...soooo...I am multicellular, bipedal, and irreverent (and, according to one sweet lady, "infuriatingly attractive"...I'll take that!)
I'm a writer, and love puns and word games. I have a quick wit and love to skewer sacred cows (with apologies to my Hindu friends)
I'm an eclectic pagan whose path has been forged with roots in kabbalah, Xtianity, wicca, Chopra, Gawain and quantum/high energy physics.
I value intelligence and wit as much as ass and tit...
GGG--with trusted partners willing to play just about any carnal activities not involving underage, animals, or scat.
I just realized I began six sentences in this section with "I".
I did it again!
Treating people the way I want to be treated.
Trying to make the world, or at least my corner of it, better for everyone.
Building a modest real estate portfolio, looking for undervalued homes, spit-shining them, and renting them to good people.
Not doing as much writing as I should. My muse is kinda pissed about that.
Making people feel good about themselves.
Scrabble and crossword puzzles.
Helping people ask the right questions to solve their problems.
Finding the right word.
Not being offended.
My dorsal fin is a different color than the rest of my body.
The bloody machete in my shirt pocket.
My rockin' aluminum foil beanie.
My hair never appears to be combed.
The title of the last book is misleading: it's not about destroying your opponent, it's about figuring out what you need from the negotiation, what your opponent needs, and how to find a middle ground. In other words, winning doesn't always have to be a zero-sum game.
Vogler's book is a more accessible version of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, but geared toward writers, and Care of the Soul might best be described as an owner's manual for humans...it can help you appreciate life's gifts and life's tests more than you can imagine.
I quit reading "The Tao of Physics" about 20 pages from the end, but I have a good excuse because my prefrontal lobe exploded...I read mostly new-age, spiritual, kaballah, magickal, etc., though I also read biographies...I've compared the writings of Aleister Crowley, Norman Vincent Peale, Deepak Chopra and Shakti Gawain and found it fascinating to contemplate the relationship between Peale's Protestant "Power of Positive Thinking" with Crowley's "Do as you will" and Chopra and Gawain's eastern bent...A friend recently turned me on to Tolle and he reminded me of a lesson that I thought I had learned already...
I'm proud that I'm one of the few (apparently) who finished A Brief History of Time (i'm stubborn like that)...and surprisingly I understood...uh some of it. Like the verbs. Yeah, most of the verbs. A lot of the nouns, too.
Also, the Junie B. Jones series rocks.
Movies: Love and Death, Holy Grail, Bull Durham and North by Northwest are the greatest movies ever. Mississippi Burning, Nightmare Before Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life are all brilliant...I love movies that can fool me.
Shows: I don't watch much TV, and I got rid of cable in February...not out of any sense of elitism but I just wasn't watching anything on it...mostly MLB and NFL games, though I've enjoyed Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Scrubs, and 30 Rock...usually in syndication or on Netflix. I like live theater (except musicals, and of course my kid is doing them for a career, sheesh) and I generally hold the same standards for theater as I do for film. I like an active, inventive plot, with engaging characters who change (hopefully grow) during their journey. I end up supporting a lot of avant-garde and experimental theater, though frankly a lot of it is lacking in plot and characterization.
Music: most types, with the exception of the whiny kind of country and hard rap. Favorites are classic rock, especially the Beatles, and New Orleans jazz/ragtime. Hendrix's version of "Watchtower" is the greatest song ever. Elvis Costello's "Allison." Blink 182's "Feelin This." Fats Waller's "This Joint is Jumpin'". Corr's "I Know My Love." Proclaimers' "Role Model." Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money" Clash's "The Call Up." Eminem's "Lose Yourself." Lotsa stuff...
Food: Spicy. Very spicy. Meat. Mac 'n Cheese. Scallops. The end cut of a prime rib. Soylent Green. Nuts. Crunchy peanut butter.
I am as adventurous in my food as in my other appetites and love to try new restaurants, foods, or cuisines.
Baseball: Go Sox!
The letter F.
I walked up to the kiosk, bought the flowers then ran up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder.
She turned around and I cold-cocked her and stole her groceries.
No, that's not true. I handed her the flowers without a word and took off in the other direction.
But the private thing of this that I like to admit is: I like to think that now, 30 years later, she nags her no-good layabout husband about that nice boy who bought her flowers, no strings attached. Dude probably hates me.
* You haven't written "I like to have fun" on your profile. Duh.
* You haven't lamed out on the "most private thing I'm willing to admit" question with an answer like "that's private!"
It asks the MOST private thing you'll admit...if the most private thing is that you put two sugars in your morning coffee, then that's your answer!
*You accept, even if you don't practice, alternative spiritual paths.
* You are not monogamous, and not ashamed of that fact.
*Most importantly, you "get" this:
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."