In many ways I am a boring person who likes things comfortable. I just wish to enrich my life. I want something more to look forward to after work than just going home.
Glancing down my bookshelf I see
Achebe, Asimov, Anthony, Bova, Brooks, Butcher, Card, Cervantes, Chrichton, Christie, Conrad, Christopher, Cherryh, Cook, Dahl, Dick, Dickinson, Douglas, Feist, Frost, Gaiman, Green, Goodkind, Heinlien, Herbert, Heyerdahl, Hiassen, Hobb, Hogan, Hugo... you get the idea
I rarely find a movie I wont watch, but comedies would be my favorites, especially quirky or dark comedy.
I wont claim to be knowledgeable about music, but I certainly enjoy a reasonable range. I seem to focus on Male vocalists, in rock, pop, folk, range. I especially enjoy live music when the performer puts on a good show. To give an idea of the range I enjoy, I will list the music currently in my car. Dropkick Murphies, Great Big Sea, Flogging Molly, Bowling for soup, sountrack to Les Miserables, Soundtrack to Avenue Q, Sound track to Rocky Horror Picture show, John Prine, Lyle Lovet, Jimmy Buffet, Arrogant Worms, Irish rovers, Kinston trio, Save Ferris, Catch 22, Mustard Plug, Rolling Stones, George Thorogood....
For food please just skip the fish. The rest is probably good.
I think I may have found a new favorite movie. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. I can not believe I have missed out on this one for so long. As a bibliophile and logophile this movie is a absolute treat. Not only do I absolutely revel in the performances of Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfus, but I really enjoy the subject matter. The time spent on the inadequacy of language is incredible both as a look at the abstract and arbitrary nature of language, as well as its raw limitations at conveying complete and clear meaning. The section where they are trying to deduce what the king meant by his "remembrance" should also resonate with any who took a Shakespeare class in school. The multiple sections on meta-theater are also fantastic.
The reality is far from that. I am at my core a fairly quiet and shy individual much more likely to watch from afar too intimidated to approach in many situations. All of the situations I mentioned are ones of clearly defined roles and boundaries, making behavior more of a performance than a state of being. When I know the rules and have that first bit of comfort in a situation I embrace it wholeheartedly.
I really need to find that someone to give me confidence in all situations and allow me to embrace more things in life. It only takes a little comfort and all the rest falls by the wayside. But, due to that initial hurdle, I will almost always be the one afraid to initiate contact and approach someone I am interested in. The reality is I am looking for that extended hand letting me know attention is welcome...