A few quick things about me:
* I am bi but lean more towards women.
* I am in an open relationship.
* I recently got out of an 8 year relationship with a trans* man.
* I don't drink but I don't care if you do.
* I love to read and work on crafts.
* I eat meat but try not to be a dick about it
* I try not to be a dick in general.
I grew up overseas due to having a parent in the U.S. Department of State, mostly in Africa. I speak French fluently (although my accent has gotten a little stronger due to a lack of immersion). I really need to do more cultural events but, like everybody, there never seems to be enough time.
I completed my master's degree a few years ago and spent the better part of 9 months working as an hourly-wage security guard. Huzzah for the economy. But hey, at least now I'm working for The Man. All of my childhood fantasies of growing up to work on the X-Files have finally come to fruition (kind of. Still looking for that elusive redhead that can run in heels)
I also spend a fair amount of time doing wood-working projects, metal-working projects, and playing the guitar. And the banjo. I'm working on some songs, but they're not there yet.
In the meantime, I can be found working on old Soviet-era motorcycles. Mechanically, quite simple. Physically? What sort of intra-dimensional quality-control hell did these things emerge from???
Doing research. Scouring the internet for random tidbits of knowledge. Wikisurfing. Attempting to transcribe medieval sheet music into guitar tabs, and then failing at it. Studying advanced motorcycle wiring diagrams. Historical sewing and armour repair.
Convincing you that Shakespeare is overrated when compared to some of his contemporaries. Planning a trip to Alaska, or Mongolia, or some place like that.
Tying knots. Taking the guns to the range. Smoking a pipe with flair and panache, while saddle soaping shoes and doing other manly things like cutting down trees with an axe, building campfires, butchering chickens, sewing on buttons, talking about hockey, and exploring abandoned structures (kinda hazardous that last one).
Apparently I have pretty blue eyes. I've never thought of them as particularly special, but some people have commented favorably, so I guess I'll run with it.
And I have really great, tussled, "I've-just-been-shagged-and-it-was-fabulous" hair.
Movies: Off the top of my head: Memento, Dark City, Office Space, Hellboy, Equlibirum, Taxi Driver, Star Wars (both trilogies). X-Files, Firefly, Fringe, and the generally spooky genre such as the Machinist, the Jacket, Session 9, and the like (though I'm NOT a slasher or shock-horror fan). Some foreign films I like are Nightwatch (Nochnoi Dozor), A Very Long Engagement, Stander, and 28 Days Later. I also enjoy the Princess Bride, Ladyhawke, and silly, but good, 1980s- fantasy and fanasy-light films (like Dragonslayer, Krull, Legend, etc). Genre-wise, I'll watch pretty much anything, although I have a soft spot for movies that make you think.
And of course, I do like to get thoroughly tipsy and then put on an MST3K-worthy bad horror film to laugh at.
Music: Anything and everything, even the select Rap and Country song. Genres: Fuzz-Folk, Ska (3rd Wave), Punk, Oi, Blues, Trance, Techno (in small doses), Chant (especially Orthodox chant), Medieval Music, Traditional Instruments (like the Hurdy Gurdy, Smallpipes, Pipe and Tabor, and other things you've never heard of).
More Specifically, artist-wise: I just discovered the Gaslight Anthem, so they're on the top of my list. Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, and the like are good. I used to hate protest songs. Now I only hate them if they don't have a good tune, go figure. Johnny Cash is always good, especially towards the end of his life when he got all raw and acoustic-y (see the American Recordings). Dropkick Murphys, eve6, Catch-22/Streetlight Manifesto, Rancid, and Breaking Benjamin combined with the above are what you're most likely to find in my CD player at any given time, although I enjoy too many bands to list them all. And yes, I still use a CD player.
Foods: I'm not a big eater. Ethnically, my favorite is probably Greek.