I get around by bike (and train), but I own no spandex, nor do I have a fixie. Purely utilitarian biker here. I do love me some bike lanes, though.
I once wrote that I don't go to church, I go to the movies instead. My religious fascination with the movies is pretty severe: I've done Saturday quintuple features without my ass getting numb once. Movies are photography, music, sound design, fashion, writing, interior design, and intense levels of coordinated craftsmanship all rolled into one. It's the art that combines all other arts, and I love it for that. And also, sometimes, it's a mindless way to entertain yourself. And that's fine too. If you think the movies are only good at being one or the other of these, and that there's something wrong with the other, then we're probably not going to get along.
I've driven across America.
I've been on nationally syndicated television, local public television and Russian TV.
I played cello in a post-punk band that featured a singer with a penchant for hanging Pinocchio in effigy from the mic stand.
I once spent half an hour helping Stevie Wonder pick out music.
I've run the NYC Marathon. Three times.
I've saved a wayward duckling.
I write. I'm a writer. It took a long time for me to feel comfortable saying that about myself. It still feels good.
But as of a couple years ago, I quit the boring day job and stopped looking at movies and TV from the outside in, and stepped into the belly of the beast. Now I still do office work, but adjacent to soundstages, making sure the people who make the movies get paid. Writing is still on the side, but just for me at the moment rather than for publication.
As you might imagine for someone who does what I do, favorite movies are tough to summarize. I'm a big fan of Cassavetes and Lynch, Godard and Truffaut, Werner Herzog, Edgar Wright, the Coens, PT Anderson, the Dardennes, Wes Anderson, Preston Sturges, Nicholas Ray, Ti West. I don't really have favorite genres. I like high art and low trash, experimental and conventional, comedy and drama, horror and romance. Anything if it's done well. Or done poorly with flair.
I like to eat and I like to cook, but I have some weird texture issues that make me seem a little picky at times. But I love just about any Asian cuisine, Ethiopian, Italian, Mexican, and I'm a sucker for good fish and chips. I make really great tacos (from scratch) and even better jambalaya.
Books: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (and what a great movie they made out of that). The Time Traveler's Wife (and what a shitty movie they made out of that). Lynda Barry's Cruddy (what a great movie could be, but never will be, made out of that, as I don't think anyone would ever be brave enough to do it). What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Richard Brody's biography of Jean-Luc Godard. The Little Prince. Where the Wild Things Are. Ferdinand the Bull. The Weetzie Bat books. Hobbit & Lord of the Rings. The Watchmen. Our Band Could Be Your Life. And finally, my cat (who recently passed after a wonderful 17 year run) was named after Holden Caulfield's little sister, so...
ALSO: a general plea to the good citizens of OKC: I appreciate that you don't want to give private, personal information on a public forum. So you read the heading of this section, and you think, NO WAY! But they're not looking for your SSN here, or the circumstances under which you lost your virginity. Just look at your private information as a continuum, from Least Private (and c'mon, the fact that you're on this site is not Least Private, it's Not Private At All) to Most Private. Find some random fact that you're comfortable revealing, and run with it. And if you're still sketched out? Make up something funny! This is your chance to be funny and creative and make someone reading laugh, and all you're going to say is something like, "I certainly wouldn't admit anything private here," or "If I said it, it wouldn't be private."? Have some fun with it.
You think there is probably no better use of music in a film than the pool-cue zombie-beating scene in the Winchester set to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" in Shaun of the Dead.
You're capable of metaphorical/figurative thinking and understand sarcasm & irony. There are an awful lot of literalists out there, and honestly, communicating with you people is much like this Patton Oswalt bit about trying to tell jokes to Germans: