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My self-summary
Author's Note: This profile is long and the internet told me that's not smart and, lord knows, the internet is nothing if not always right. Alas, here we are. I promise you it (and I) are worth it. On the other hand, I just added MORE words, so I'm probably screwed.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

“I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.”
-Johnny Cash-

"I love to take care of people, so I think I'd be a good vet. I always wanted to be a vet when I was little."
-Jennifer Love Hewitt-

Me - ish:

I am a New Yawker and grew up roughly 2, 800 miles away from where I now live in Hollywood. I've made it into my seventh year with Los Angeles without one trying to kick the other's ass. It almost happened once, but, in my defense, the city made the first move.

American realist painter Edward Hopper and I were born in the same town. For years, I drew naked people in his living room. Edward Hopper's dead, so I GUESS he didn't mind...?

Since consciousness, movies were my one and only. That is, if you don't count Poki, my boyhood hamster. The average life span of a hamster is 2 years. Poki lived to be 4 1/2, which proves one thing conclusively: My love can and does extend life.

Back to movies: the first movie I ever saw was "E.T.". I was three and it ignited this life-long love affair which only grows more passionate with time. Actually, "life-long" is only partially true. In fifth grade, I spent months believing my true destiny was in cryptozoology, those guys that study Bigfoot and UFOs and such. This was condoned by my parents under the stipulation that I formally majored in it in college. Done, said I. No, said every university ever. So, yeah, the easy streets of moviemaking it was.

I was The Greatest Scorekeeper West of the Hudson as a kid. That is to say, I wasn't picked last for kickball - i was never picked for kickball.

I'm huggy. Just ask rock poet Patti Smith. She'll tell you.

My high school experience was the best four years of my life, which boggles my mind to this day. It was in the Bronx, where the Yankees built their empire. Former 1st baseman Lou Gehrig is a hero of mine.

I went to film school and hated it, mostly because it was like being in grade school but with a more advanced vocabulary. I could have left, I suppose, but I don't back down from a fight easily.

I screenwrite. Well, I allkindsofwrite, but I actually have an advanced degree in the writin' of motion pi'chers, from a highly-regarded European University. This entitles me to say things like, "The Marvel Cinematic Universe these days is a load of bollocks!" and, "Would you like fries with that?"

I am a member of the Writers Guild and have a shiny card to prove it. There was somebody with my name in the Guild already, so I had to modify it. What this person doesn't know is people think I'M HIM.

My (now dearly-departed) aunt once said of me: "You could give that kid a bucket of dirt for a gift and he'd play with it happily for hours." This suggests two things about me. First, I feel gratitude for even the smallest of things. Second, I am easily entertained.

I have dual citizenship with a country roughly 5, 174 miles from where I live in Hollywood. A good piece of my heart still remains there, in a western boggy hole the years have dug.

I once sold a pastel drawing of a watermelon to a member of the unsuspecting public. I was eight.

When I was in second grade, I modeled for a health textbook. I washed dishes with my mother, gussied up in gym shorts and a He-Man t-shirt. I AM a catch, you know. Just ask the young students of the world circa 1987 why they were so interested in the Central Nervous System and the accompanying motor skills. THEY'LL tell you.

I don't dig hipsterism, but I like some of that music. Does that make me hipster-adjacent? No, where I live in Hollywood does.

I (think I) believe in God, but I (know I) believe in Leonard Cohen more.

I have had neurosurgery ten times, but have never broken a bone or even had braces. They call that a Law of Averages.

I like women more than musical theatre, but I love musical theatre. My favorite song from the musical theatre canon is
"I Am What I Am" from "La Cage aux Folles".

I climbed a mountain in Thailand and another in Ireland. On crutches.

I am the progeny of a former priest and a former nun. No, silly, I am not kidding and no, silly, there was no Scandal of the Cloth.

And THAT'S only the trailer...
Me, In Earnest (You know what I mean, Vern?):

I'm a Good Dude, a Good Listener, a Good Storyteller and a Good Guy to have in a foxhole, if ever you needed one. Oh, and I give tremendous hugs. Just ask punk-poet Patti Smith.

I'm a lover AND a fighter.

There's lots of other "me" stuff, but part of the fun is getting the Ark out of the Well of Souls and seeing what powers it holds, right? I mean, that's the point of love - risking having both our faces melt in order to find our potential soul-mate...

...Yeah, that's right. I dropped a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" reference up in here in the name of true love.

That is all.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing, writing, writing...

I recently wrote and directed THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUjnRUiojCc

(Whenever somebody puts "Living it!" in this section, I want to tell her that, biologically, your body would live without your declaration or permission, so what else ye got?)
I’m really good at
If Lou Gehrig had had an OKCupid profile instead of Lou Gehrig's Disease, he would've probably put "baseball" under "I'm really good at...".This may be stating the obvious, but considering the gentleman broke every bone in both hands during his tenure with the Yankees AND held the consecutive-games-played record for over half a century makes this kind of astounding and worth stating.**

Here is what still stands for what I'm good at after 35 years....

Showing up
Not even having a box to think out of in the first place
Telling stories
Anything on/about/concerning movies,
Drawing (occassionally)
Being patient
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. I've been stumped ONCE and when it was explained, I wanted to kick myself. Fun to do at bars. I'm like an idiot savant....

**You may be wondering why I'm talking about another dude on MY profile. I'm THAT kind of dude.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't look like Denzel Washington?

"You Can Discover Everything You Need To Know About Everything By Looking At Your Hands." - Jaden Smith -

( I talk with my hands.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Born on the Fourth of July, Life Itself, Just Kids, Killer Instinct, Rebel Without a Crew, Making Movies, Man's Search For Meaning, Alive, The Partly-Cloudy Patriot, Child of God, Notes on a Scandal, Jane Eyre, A Scanner Darkly, If Chins Could Kill, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Everything is Illuminated, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, On Writing, Jurassic Park, The Beach, Choke, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Drinking Life, Grendel, Death: The High Cost of Living,The Collected Calvin & Hobbes, Waiting for Godot (not a book, I know, but still my favorite piece of writing ever)...

Movies: 8 1/2, The Abyss, After Life, Airplane!, Alien, All That Heaven Allows, The Apartment, Apocalypse Now, Audition, Barry Lyndon, Battle Royale, Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight, The Birds, Blazing Saddles, Blow-Out, Bone, Bonnie & Clyde, Breaking the Waves, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, The Brood, Casino Royale, Chasing Amy, Children of Heaven, Chuck & Buck, City Lights, Cleo From 5 to 7, Clueless, Contempt, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Croupier, Day For Night, Dead Man Walking, The Descent, Desperado, Die Hard, The Diving Bell & The Butterfly, Do The Right Thing, The Driver, Dumb & Dumber, Dumbo, Edward Scissorhands, Elephant, Enter the Void, The Evil Dead trilogy, The Exorcist, Eyes Without a Face, Fight Club, The Fisher King, Freaks, The Future, Ghostbusters, Gojira, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, The Goonies, The Gospel According to Matthew, Gremlins 1 & 2, Halloween, Happiness, Happy-Go-Lucky, Harold & Maude, The Haunting, Heavenly Creatures, her, The Holy Mountain, I'm Not There, In a Lonely Place, In the Mood for Love, In the Name of the Father, Inherit the Wind, The Jerk, Junebug, Kicking & Screaming, Kill Baby Kill, King Kong, Kitchen Sink, La Belle et La Bete, La jetée, The Lady Eve, Lawrence of Arabia, Leon: The Professional, Let The Right One In, Life of Brian, Live Flesh, Lone Star, The Lookout, A Man Escaped, The Matrix, May, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Menace II Society, Miller's Crossing, Mulholland Dr., Murderball, My Darling Clementine, My Dinner with Andre, My Life as a Dog, Night of the Hunter, Night of the Living Dead, Nosferatu, Oldboy, On the Waterfront, Out of the Past, Pan's Labyrinth, Paperback Romance, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The People Under the Stairs, Persona, Pinocchio, Planet of the Apes, Pulp Fiction, Punch-Drunk Love, Quiz Show, Rachel Getting Married, Rashomon, Rio Bravo, RoboCop, Rosemary's Baby, Rushmore, Schindler's List, A Separation, The Servant, The Shawshank Redemption, Shock Corridor, The Shop Around the Corner, Speed, Star Wars trilogy, State & Main, Still Lives Distant Voices, Stranger Than Fiction, Stroszek, Sugar & Spice, Taxi Driver, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, The Third Man, This Is Not A Film, To Kill A Mockingbird, Tombstone, Touch of Evil, Toy Story trilogy, Three Colours trilogy, The Tree of Life, To Kill A True Romance, Tyrannosaur, Under the Skin, Unforgiven, The Verdict, A Very Long Engagement, Viridiana, The Visitor, Wadja, Waitress, Walkabout, The Waterdance, Whale Rider, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Wizard of Oz, A Woman Under the Influence, World's Greatest Dad, Y Tu Mamá También, X2...I could do this forever...:)
2017's Best (so far): Baby Driver, Wonder Woman, Colossal, A Quiet Passion, Dunkirk, Manifesto, The Lost City of Z, Get Out, Brigsby Bear, Logan, Maudie, A Ghost Story, Dawson County:Frozen Time, How To Build A Time Machine, The Beguiled, T2 Trainspotting, A Cure For Wellness, The Little Hours, Prevenge, Landline, Free Fire, Valerian..., Split, Raw
*Meeting Werner Herzog (thrice!) in LA blew my mind. I am a student at his feet.

TV: I know it's cliched to say, "Yeah, I like 'Game of Thrones'", but it's my current obsession. The notion of compassion (or the lack thereof) and the affinity for "cripples, bastards and broken things" which punctuate the narrative moves me deeply. Plus, there are frickin' dragons!
Oh, and "The Twilight Zone" is the greatest show of all time. "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" and "Eye of the Beholder" were real creative touchstones for me.

Music: Pearl Jam is My Band, but I listen to everything from Tom Waits to Run DMC to Sigur Ros to Tori Amos to Radiohead to Bright Eyes to New Order to Patti Smith to Black Sabbath to Sam Cooke to Leonard Cohen to KC & The Sunshine Band to the Ramones...and on and on....

Food: I love to eat, so, save for really spicy things, if you put
it in front of me, I'll try it.
Six things I could never do without
Ways to Record
Differences of Opinion
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Uncommon thoughts on common matters. (Then, I think, Oh shut up and just eat your vegetables.)


Whether I'll end up with the one woman on OKCupid who LOATHES
"Amelie" like cancer. I love it, but I wonder if that woman
exists. Research points to "no".

Why so many on here put "I love to laugh". I want to meet that one "Amelie"-hatin', laughter-abhorring lady and tell her this centipede joke. After we watch "Amelie", 'course.

The universe.

Why there seem to be no baby pigeons in said universe.

The nature of goodness.

Why the word "gerbil" is the one word you can't say without
smiling. Go on, I dare you.

The end of Beckett's "The Unnamable":

“...you must say words, as long as there are any, until they find
me, until they say me, strange pain, strange sin, you must go on,
perhaps it's done already, perhaps they have said me already,
perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before
the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it
opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don't
know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go
on, I can't go on, I'll go on.”

Why so many people on here always point out they are "sarcastic" like it's an airborne pathogen one might catch on the first date and so, WATCH OUT!
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging with friends

Going to the movies
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was born with spina bifida, as was artist and personal hero Frida Kahlo. So, TAKE THAT, Other Guys!

I think - nay, KNOW - Oscar winner Irene Cara's "What a Feeling" from the 1983 motion picture, "Flashdance", is the greatest song in the history of ANYTHING. For real.

I believe Charlie Brown's pining for The Little Red-Haired Girl is a true and deep thing of beauty. His hope is alive and well and living in Hollywood...
You should message me if
you read the ENTIRE (and entirely too long) profile and are thinking, "YEAH, HIM!"

you're looking for a "dare to be great situation," as Lloyd Dobler

you've longed for that post-meetup moment when you can finally say with utter conviction, "Damn, son! I think we just high-fived THE WORLD!"

, when you're done Wiki-ing "spina bifida", you're like, "Wait, so he's (sorta) handsome, (semi-) intelligent, (über) courageous, (kinda) funny AND we get to (totally) skip the lines at Sea World????" - and push gracefully toward this connection with your own guts, beauty, brains and humor to share.

The two of us