What else? Until recently I rode my bicycle a lot more often than I drove my car, and I kayak a lot more often than I ski. Lately, I have been sitting on the beach playing guitar instead of kayaking, but there was a time when I spent close to 100 days a year in the Olympic backcountry and tele-skied avalanche chutes on 4th of July weekends.
I have not really traveled much in the past decade simply cuz I do NOT really enjoy travelling alone. I think the reason is clear: for me at least, the most important part of an experience, regardless of how amazing, is not validated unless it has been shared. It is very simple, really. It is hardwired into me. No matter how astounding the sunset, it is shallow compared to a mediocre one shared with someone in a moment of mutual awe, and ironically I am feeling pretty darned alone at this point, and even in PT, where I have a huge number of acquaintances, some going back years and years and years, unless we have a "shared purpose" like a shared project, shared focus, it does not get to the place where I am hungry for connection and shared experience
Lately, I have been accumulating a hard-drive based digital library in pdf form. But I am now reestablishing my dead-tree library and creating a classic 'library' corner - a dedicated reading room. I have not found the perfect chair yet: one really designed to read in, not to watch TV on.
I had a fairly complete movie list on facebook, but their interface apparently ate it and my desert island album list as well. Wings of Desire, Battle of Algiers, M, Belle et Bete (Cocteau), Bladerunner, Bliss (the Austrailian one from 1985), Betty Blue, Blood Wedding and Diva? There are scenes in some of these that I would have cut, like the date rape in Bladerunner ... and in fact, I wish I had left the theater after the trunk opens in Betty Blue. For "second tier" movies, movies with deeper flaws, I'd guess "El Topo and La jetée" probably top the list.
I live in silence but the records that really affected me include Stravinsky's ballet music, Beethoven's string quartets, Jacqueline Mary du Pré playing The Elgar, Gordon Jenkins' Seven Dreams (the first "concept album'). In high school, I got introduced to ethnomusicology by Robert Garfias, with whom I later studied. I collected recordings of John Cage, Dylan Thomas and the SF beat poets Rexroth and Ferlingetti on transparent red vinyl from Fantasy Records, and I collected ALL the recordings I could find of Stravinksy conducting Stravinsky and Ansermet conducting those symphonies and ballets as well ... pop music: Sketches of Spain, Lhasa, Manu Chau, Sandy Bull's Inventions, Hearts & Bones, Santo & Johnny, Rubber Soul, Blonde on Blonde, Latcho Drom and lately, some of Joni's later work. I got gifted a great seat to Leonard Cohen last month and I am pretty sure that it was the best big show I have ever seen. I'm a sound guy so usually if I go to a show, I am mixing, rather than sitting and listening, but in the past few years, I've paid money to see Chandler, Alice Stuart, Sweeter Than The Day and Harry Manx. In the distant past, I saw Miles several times, saw the Stones on their first US tours, saw Dylan play electric in '66, got recruited to play in a band with Tony Visconti and his wife right before Tony went to London, quit my band in '67 rather than open for The Dead on their first tour, got high with Dexter Gordon, still remember EXACTLY where I was and what I was doing when I learned that Coltrane had just passed, sat right next to Bob Dorough when he started a song with the words, "Nat King Cole taught me how to play this ..." painted a Ferrari for Bill Takas and the night John Lennon was murdered, I played my big quad EL34 Traynor amp through each of my loudspeakers until their voice-coils unwound and burned up and next morning I took the speaker cabinets to the dump. Cuz THAT was the day the music died.
I am an art-house film guy and was a projectionist married to a film librarian for a long long time and we used to "run" a local film group before this town had a decent movie theater. And in the mid-late '80's - we still didn't have a decent theater in PT yet - we had the only big-screen video projection system in town and had a close-knit group who met to share dessert, film and discussion.
I am still interested in film-making, as a process, and would like to be involved in a large-scale film project at some point. I have learned several several video editing programs and recorded several soundtracks. I surrender to movies fairly easily, but have not seen many mainstream releases in the past decade, though I went to Seattle to see Avatar in 3-D at the iMax and had a pretty good time watching Lincoln with my mom last month. I will go on record here as being 'anti-pornography' because I am convinced that even CGI-based porn changes the viewer in ways that I actually consider toxic and cumulative.
If you want to learn more about this (the ways that the images and ideas in your feed stream impact your consciousness) there is a fascinating website at Harvard called Project Implicit, with online tools that actually allow you to measure (quantify) the impact of various inputs on your associative processes. Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book about it called Blink!
I've studied ethnomusicology for a long long time, starting when I was a 16 year old helping KRAB-FM get on the air, and I suppose I am a pretty accomplished musician at this point: I have been an on-and-off professional guitar player for the past 45 years. I went to NYC to be a rock-star in the middle '60's and played acid-rock during the 'Summer of Love' and I still find music to be one of my major forms of release. But I really do not listen to music much. I work and live in something akin to silence, unless I am playing music (or someone is playing it for me). I had a collection of around 2300 CD's stolen in 2001 and did not feel the need to replace very many of them. Now, unless someone brings me something to listen to, or I need to play something for them, I don't.
I have been playing 'vintage cowboy music" with a great singer for the past year and it has been great fun to dig into the roots of what got me playing when I was a kid, so while he channels Marty Robbins, I channel Grady Martin ... and I play sessions for other people and post customized guitar lessons on youtube ... and Artis and I did a seriously wild and wonderful set last week at OpenMic
I have a great collection of microphones, and a roomful of outrageous instruments from all over the world and I am definitely looking for someone who I can really play music with, but it does not have to involve money or careers or even gigging. It's another way to make love with someone. Time on the beach with people who play better than I do would be magnificent, and it is a long-term goal.
I have a wonderful kitchen full of chef's tools and I love to cook. I have been a hardcore food faddist - I even had a food-based cult of sorts in Seattle in the the early 70's - but for the past 20 years I have referred to myself as a "functional omnivore" and eat what is put in front of me w/o complaint, thankful to share food. I tell people that I would rather fart about what I ate than fight about what I am about to eat. Left to my own devices, I avoid spending money in ways that directly requires that an animal be killed, except when it involves my fisher-person friends, and though I can't afford to be a Freegan, I really admire that approach and I would definitely rather avoid money entirely, if I could.
Most of my diet has been mostly local and organic for the past 40+ years; mostly cuz neither coffee nor chocolate nor Oolong teas are ever going to be local for me. I know that 'life-styling' is utterly futile and presumptuous and that no matter how cleanly I live or how much effort I make attempting to parlay self- sacrifice into smugness, I cannot ultimately make up for the mess the mainstream culture is making, but I still carry may own bags to the store and avoid buying stuff that I have to buy in plastic, glass or metal packages. I do NOT have garbage collection where I live and I am fully aware that there is no such place as "away". I spent several years attempting to get our Food Coop to get serious about product labeling, and product vetting, to get the clearly inappropriate stuff OFF our shelves, but this effort was overwhelmingly defeated by employees who were far more concerned with their bonus checks than with the organization's mission or social responsibility.
For my 50th birthday party I had two full size 10# blocks of good-enough chocolate (Callebaut http://www.bernardcallebaut.com/ and Guittard http://www.guittard.com/ and had holes drilled in the blocks for the candles and everyone got to experience unlimited doses of 70 - 72% bittersweet chocolate for dessert.
My bed is the most comfortable bed I have ever met, and I would miss it and all its wonderful accoutrements (Egyptian cotton, hand-carded hand-washed wool, goosedown, silk, etc.), but I am sure I could be happier in the mountains on a thin thermarest pad.
In some sort of order, I see these as needs: human contact, meaningful work, community, sleep, sexual tension, musical engagement. I have already demonstrated to myself that I can live with out most of them, but that I am not happy that way: I feel "wasted". But there is not much more that I could not live without. Some of these "things" presume other things - one cannot sleep for long without some form of shelter, meaningful work tends to require both an organization of things (tools and materials and markets) AND an organization of people (an economy) ... but I can go a long time without sleep and even longer without human contact, but I grew up in family and have lived closely with other people most of my life, and real closeness is currently missing and I am feeling it.
I have also been wondering why I am spending so much time alone at this point in my life, when it seems like time is at SUCH a premium. Most of the stuff I want to do with the rest of my life requires the involvement of other people, and their energies, skills and perspectives to accomplish more difficult stuff than I can expect to do on my own. I am looking to build or join another team.
If your interests and appetites look compatible, send a smoke signal and let me know. Start writing essays as well as choosing their canned answers. I look to see who visits me.
Of the approximately 450,000 hours I have spent on this planet since I was 10 years old, I have put less than a few hundred into trying to conform to mainstream social norms. I am NOT a conventional person and I do not expect matches or soulmates to come easily. I have put quite a bit "out" and will put more, but it takes an awful lot of time to do that and I have a lot of other things to do.
Because I am a writer and by nature a fairly public person, I have put a lot of essay answers (like this) on a lot of the questions and I wish others would do so as well. Because clarity in communication is preferable to projection or ambiguity and the range of answers provided rarely encompass the entire range of issues that these questions raise. Regardless of whether you are intrigued, or put off by my detailed answers, please follow my lead and get real about answering these questions. Most of the questions are lame and the range of answer choices has a vary narrow gamut, that totally fails to reflect where I am coming from.
So I have elaborated. All the while recognizing that the imbeciles who created the match algorithms on this site are NOT taking the problem - or the opportunity - seriously: parsing free text and extracting intelligence from it through the use of ontologies IS the fundamental technology of the semantic web,
I visit the sites of people who OKC tells me have visited mine, but I do not think I am going to initiate contact with anyone who has NOT used the opportunity to elaborate on and clarify many or most of their answers. But I suspect that like any other rule, there might be reason to question it ...