I'm a third culture kid. Born in Italy, grew up in the Arabian Gulf, lived in Portland, Oregon for a few decades and then moved to New York. I'm pretty good with languages and accents.
If I had the ability to wave the magic wand of time, effort, and inspiration and get anything I wanted I'd love to write the great American novel, or perhaps just a decent New York novella, or maybe just an acceptable Crown Heights short story. It'd be cool to have a hit song on the radio. Some dance tune with an island feel and lady singing a catchy hook. Or maybe a Bieber-esque crooner about how difficult it is to love when you're Canadian. Or maybe do some stand up.
I'm good at being happy most always.
I try to actively pause and be considerate.
I can be serious despite all evidence to the contrary.
There's the, "I've essentially copied my entire Spotify playlist and guess what? You don't recognize a single name." Most of the band names look like idioms translated from other languages: Trunk Lunch Despair, I Can Cannes, Diuretic Dysmorphia.
Or the, "this makes me a thoughtful and insightful reader" book list which includes Middlesex, anything by Murakami, 100 Years of Solitude, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, any of the existentialists, an autobiography of a famous person, Proust, Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Foster Wallace, Steinbeck, etc.
There's the people who make this section exhaustively covered, incredibly detailed and finely organized. Then there's the people who find a way to cheat and say something about this section without actually ever putting anything in it... like me.
- the smell of nature
- sweat from dancing
- a beautiful lady snort-giggling
- problem-solving and puzzle unraveling
- six-item lists
Also, why does a little pencil icon mean I want to edit a text field on my computer? Do all graphic elements have to refer to a previous analogous technology?
Also, I get embarrassed by awkward moments in TV shows like Seinfeld and The Office. To the point where I have to stop watching. They're my equivalent of horror films.