I haven't really changed that much, though. I managed to fall in love with learning stuff, which means I'm still doing what makes me happy (but the nature of that "what" has changed a lot). I no longer act like a dimwit, but I do act a fool, and I'm definitely still a pain in the ass. (But in like a charming sort of endearing way, like one of those dogs that needs to be let out to pee a lot, or else he defiles your new throw rug. But not one of those little yappy dogs, that's not me. Wait, why the hell am I comparing myself to a dog? Not all men are dogs. I am no dog. I do need to be let out occasionally, though.)
To me, the most important thing in life is happiness, but not just MY happiness; so, I strive to be polite, to make people laugh, to live by the golden rule, and to leave the planet a little better off than I found it.
To summarize my summary: checkered past, bright future, decent person.
Books: I'm a glutton for literary punishment, so I like really stuffy novels and short stories, especially mid-19th century American lit (Poe, Thoreau, Hawthorne, etc.). For better or worse, I studied this stuff in college (BA in English Lit). My favorite author is Melville, and my favorite of his stories is Benito Cereno. I'm also a massive Shakespeare fan.
Music: My musical tastes are probably the most incongruous thing about me. I listen almost exclusively to black music -- hip hop, dancehall, jungle, soul, Motown, etc. I've been listening to this stuff since I was about 8 years old...there's just something about the rhythms that grabs me. Anyway, lately I've been listening to a lot of underground hip hop, mainly Showbiz & A.G., Large Professor, NYGz, and Action Bronson; older stuff includes Gang Starr, Big L, Ice Cube, etc. For the sake of brevity I won't even go into my love for jungle (a dance music that started in England in the mid 90s, basically sped-up dancehall with lots of crazy drums). I own turntables and like to mess around with mixing some of this stuff, but I'm just a "bedroom DJ" -- I don't play gigs or anything like that!
Films & TV: My tastes are sort of all over the place here, so I'll just list some favorites. Films: Big Trouble in Little China, Desperado, Ace Ventura (both of em), and anything by Aronofsky, Fincher, Lynch, Nolan, and Tarantino. TV: I'm completely obsessed with a BBC comedy called The Thick of It, which I recommend to everyone. I'm also into almost everything that HBO does, particularly True Blood and Game of Thrones. I watch Top Chef whenever it's on, which brings us to...
Food: I'm definitely a "live to eat" type. I despise the term "foody/foodie" (partly because I have no goddamned idea how to spell it), but it's probably an apt description for me. I love trying new things, and I consider good food to be one of life's great pleasures. I was raised to appreciate fancy artisanal foods -- wine, cheese, meat, olive oil, all that sort of thing -- basically, stuff I can't really afford to enjoy regularly...yet. In the meantime, I indulge when I can. I'm also just as happy slumming it, e.g. I will swarm on an In-n-Out burger or a King Taco tamale.
Yes, it is EXACTLY as awesome as it sounds. I love it!
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