Just FYI: on hiatus due to adventure.
When I was a kid and I visited San Francisco, it was the crazy hills and the gorgeous deco bridge which made me want to live here. As an adult, I'd have to say it's that particular San Francisco flavor of bohemianism and intentional community which makes me glad I call this place home. The bridge and hills are just gravy now. Tasty, tasty gravy.
I also like to leave SF - I like camping up in the Black Rock desert over the July 4th weekend and experiencing that otherworldly expanse of sky. I also spent a month two years ago visiting Iceland and Norway. Puffin is rather fishy tasting but the Icelandic pickled herring on rye open-faced sandwiches are to die for. My favorite place to go is traveling.
I polled my friends for the first word to come to mind when they think of me and they came up with: generous, dashing, stylish, loyal, smart, and several choice profanities I won't replicate here. That last bit either means I have very honest friends or I have very good friends but either way, I win.
I fostered kittens for the first time this year. It was an awesome yet heartbreaking experience since I had to let them go in the end.
I recently started mentoring and it's pretty humbling, I have to say. I have yet to tell them to get off my lawn but we've only just begun.
To pay the bills I make silicon do stuff.
Word play; Scrabble; directions; travel; communicating with hand gestures and subverbal vocalizations; storage-unit Tetris; and being thoughtful.
I also trained myself to have total muscular control over my ears, so there's that.
It's usually that they realize they have no idea where I'm from, generally once they learn my name.
Writers: Sherman Alexie, Michael Chabon, Terry Pratchett, Alison Bechdel, Iain Banks, David Sedaris, and Margaret Atwood, amongst others. I have a huge mass of books on my to-read pile next to my bed but aside from that I've limited myself to whatever can fit on the one big bookshelf in my bedroom.
Flicks: Casablanca, Brazil, Alien, The Princess Bride, Hard Candy, Shaolin Football, The Seven Samurai, Pan's Labyrinth, Oldboy, Million Dollar Baby, The Incredibles, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Amelie, Rejected, His Girl Friday, The Thing and The Shining.
Tubes: Breaking Bad.
Also: The Venture Brothers, Archer, Mad Men, The Wire, Firefly, Adventure Time, Community, and way too many British imports. Oh, and Louie.
Tunes: I like Andrew Bird, Beirut, They Might Be Giants, Queen, Annie Lennox, Astrud Gilberto, Fela Kuti, Bela Fleck, The Shins, The Epoxies, Herb Alpert, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues, Regina Spektor, Edith Piaf and Johnny Cash.
Eats: there's little out there which I wouldn't try. If you've never had a mangosteen I would highly recommend it.
Because it's the best. Thing. Ever.
Large bodies of water.
Also: the feeling that I am moving forward, that I'm doing things and learning.
Song: Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen
Saying yes. It's remarkable what ends up happening as a result.
I once was pursued relentlessly by the police across Vaduz, the capital of Lichtenstein.
Because you're thinking about it and life's too short not to.