Ultimately I'm on this web site to find a partner, but meanwhile I'd be happy to find a good friend (ideally, of course, I'd like both in the same person). Someone for late night meetings at all night restaurants. Movies and theater. Spontaneous road trips, exploring the mountains and deserts. Burning Man. Deep conversations. Gossiping and baring all. Just hangin' out. end of update
Originally I thought I'd write one of those glib, humorous profiles to show how hip I am. I changed my mind. I decided instead to write straight forward, honest things that would really give an idea of who I am. Rather than try to catch the attention of lots of people, I'd prefer to hold the attention of those that might actually like to get to know me! I've added stuff and tweaked this profile a number of times, so it's gotten pretty long and self indulgent... but isn't that the point?
In the Summer of Love I was in middle school, yet people seem to think of me as an old hippie. No, I've never been a pot head or a burnout. I think the impression comes from my long hair and easy going, non-judgmental attitude. I tend to like most everyone that I meet, and they tend to like me!
I grew up doing theater, and I have a keen appreciation for an audience. When I was in college I did short stints working at a gas station and a restaurant, otherwise every job I've ever had has been entertainment related. Occasionally I've been on stage (or in front of the microphone or camera), singing, acting, announcing or DJing. More often than not I'm doing something technical back stage (or behind the mic/camera). I've been involved in just about every technical aspect of film, television, radio, theater, live musical performance... even disco.
I'm happy in a job until I stop learning, then I need to move on to something else.
For a long time now I've been in a happy niche doing special effects, primarily pyrotechnics. Even when I'm working on commercials I still consider it entertainment, and I'm still motivated by the audience, however removed it may be.
My closest connection to a live audience these days is doing public display fireworks. I shoot the Fourth of July show at Crescenta Valley High School (my alma mater) and a few smaller shows throughout the year. It's amazing... even when you're hand firing, wearing a helmet and ear plugs, with explosions going off right next to you, you can still hear the audience cheering, ooohing and aaahing. What a rush!
I'm a relatively rare (especially in The Biz) L.A. native. I've never lived anywhere else. Well... I spent three months in Romania, and another three months in China, and a lot of cumulative time in the Bay Area. Does that count as "living there"?
I've always lived in the foothills. If I spend too much time on flat land I get cranky.
I'm not at all religious. If forced to pick one of the options in OKC's "religion" category I would have to select agnostic, because I don't think anyone can be certain of the unseen nature of the universe. With that said, I must admit that I do have spiritual beliefs! In fact, at various times in my life I have been very active as a "spiritual leader", instructing people in spiritual awareness and getting in touch with their "Inner Guidance." What sets me apart from a lot of people is my stance that I have my beliefs because I choose to have them, not because of any firm conviction that they're "right" or "true." I confess that it takes some cognitive agility to maintain this position. Let's just say that I'm a mystical skeptic, or a skeptical mystic ;) Because of this I'm very respectful of other people's beliefs (though I don't have time for any belief system that encourages hate, bigotry or violence).
I've gone to Burning Man almost every year since '99 (skipped '06), though I don't run around naked or paint myself... well, maybe a little paint. I respect their "no spectators" philosophy. I've participated by volunteering on the pyrotechnic crew and the photo documentation team. I've built a thirty foot long peddle-powered sea monster, and I've helped to give away thousands of Burning Man logoed pressed pennies and nickels that my brother made.
I like traveling and camping. When I travel I take my pillows with me. They're down, so they pack small in a stuff bag. I find that they provide a comforting familiarity in strange places.
As Mr. KFI/KABC says, I was born defective in the sports gene. Don't watch 'em, don't play 'em, don't care about 'em. I'm not very competitive. Even board and card games are mostly unappealing to me.
I have an on-again, off-again, unrequited love affair with photography. My step father was a photographer, so I grew up surrounded by it. In my twenties I developed a passion for taking pictures, and I read every book I could find on photography. As an adult I've been paid for my photographs, so officially I'm a professional. I sometimes go long periods without touching a camera, then I'll go through phases where I MUST. MAKE. PHOTOGRAPHS.
I'm pretty tech-aware for someone of my generation. I can write HTML. I know how to set permissions and configure a CGI script. Programming was a big part of my work for several years.
I use a Macintosh. I'm not evangelical about it. I don't believe that Windoze users will rot in hell, though they may be in a self-imposed hell on earth ;)
I'm most attracted to smart, creative, and yes, somewhat geeky people. That would describe most of my closest friends, a couple of whom are "on the spectrum."
I over-mis-use ellipsis...
Update: I have a dog now! Well, sort of. My room mate's (Sonja) ex room mate (Heather) went away to South America for a year, and left her dog (Chopper) with us. He's a great dog, and I really like having him here. He likes being able to run around the yard and go hiking in the hills.
Up-Update: Heather stayed longer in South America, and Chopper officially became Sonja's dog.
Up-Up-Update: Sonja has bought a house of her own, and taken Chopper with her. My new room mate (Normal) has a dalmatian (Diva). She also likes the open spaces here.
I am charismatic, artistic, and charming
Update: My hair got a little shorter... it was time for a trim. Now it's middle-of-the-back, rather than waist length. I'm still tall.
Movies: These are the films I'll watch again and again (in no particular order): Harold and Maude, Dr. Strangelove, Phantom of the Paradise, Raising Arizona, Little Big Man, Groundhog Day, The Silence of the Lambs, The Fifth Element, Galaxy Quest, The Usual Suspects. A more recent favorite: Amelie. Most recent favorite: The Incredibles
TV: I currently have Tivo Season Passes for: Arrested Development, Dead Like Me, Drawn Together, Enterprise, Kim Possible, Mad TV, Monk and That 70s Show. Not long ago I went through a phase of watching every episode of Ground Force, a "surprise garden" show on the BBC. Otherwise I watch movies.
Update... I now have season passes for House, Medium, This Old House, Ask This Old House, Wood Works, Nature and Nova. I just finished watching season one of Heroes on DVD. I hadn't seen any of it broadcast. Now I'm hooked.
Music: My musical tastes are pretty broad. There are currently 3729 songs on my iPod. I like classical (but not much opera), jazz (except for endless improvisations), rock, pop and electronica. I don't care for most rap or hip hop. I enjoy folk, old-timey and bluegrass (in small doses), but I don't like most country unless it's strongly informed by the above. As I get older I find that my appreciation for old R&B grows, while a lot of that new-age, Windham Hill stuff I used to like so much seems maudlin to me now.
Foods: I enjoy adventurous dining, and I'm probably one of the least picky eaters you'll ever meet. The only things I can't handle are horse radish and wasabi (I don't know why... It isn't the heat, 'cause I like other spicy foods). Otherwise... bring it on!
Favorite ice cream: Hagan Dazs Coffee. Baskin Robbins Jamocha is good, too. Favorite burger: Pie n' Burger in Pasadena. In n' Out is a close second. Favorite late-night-belly-bomb-burger: Tommy's (the Original), of course. Favorite pizza: The Deluxe from Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock. Pizza worth driving across town for! Favorite guacamole: Ryan's (my best friend) home made or Villa Sombrero in Highland Park. Favorite Rueben sandwich: Cantor's, of course. Jerry's is overpriced and just not as good. Favorite BBQ: JR's in Culver City. Yes, I like it better than Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ. Favorite sushi joint: Tori Yen in Tujunga. The best sushi in the boonies! Favorite little breakfast joint: Jeremy's in Montrose.