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My self-summary
Where is Al Franken when you need him? I need some starpower for this bio. Oh, well. Here goes:

I'm originally from Iowa, which I would love to think is an asset; chivalry, compassion, and optimism are routinely kept in check.

I'm politically leftist, so if writing me means that you have to take time away from writing a fan letter to Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, we probably won't have much in common. In fact, I won't hesitate to tell you you're insane.

I'm always up for exploring new places. Museums, art galleries and the beach never get boring. I still haven't been to Occupy L.A. yet (shame on me).

I don't obsess over sports, but I do like to keep in shape (typically by walking and going to 24 Hour Fitness). I'm 100% vegetarian and 99% vegan (very occasional exceptions for honey and -- even more rarely -- dairy).

Being an info junkie, my reading habits are usually -- though not always -- preoccupied with nonfiction. I also love writing, photography, Scrabble and NPR / KCRW. I absolutely love progressive news; if Rachel Maddow wasn't gay and living on the east coast, I'd likely be stalking her for romance.

For better or worse, I suppose it's a good idea to get this out of the way: I'm a movie nut whose taste runs the gamut; classics, silent films, horror, obscure horror, documentaries, etc. Because of this, places like The New Beverly, The Sunset 5, LACMA, The Silent Movie Theatre), The Egyptian Theatre and The Aero Theatre are a few of my favorite cinematic haunts.

Friends would describe me as a good-intentioned type who loves to meet new people and learn new things. At least that's what I'm paying them to tell people.
What I’m doing with my life
I work in production so my hours are unpredictable during the week, but I love what I do and have the pinch marks all over to prove that I keep reminding myself that I've awakened and I love what I do. After work, I keep myself eccentric and creative with photography and writing gigs.

I also produce "extras" for a small DVD label that specializes in old, cheesy horror flicks from the seventies and eighties. This usually consists of moderating commentary tracks and doing "making-of" documentaries. So, yes, if it's not already in-your-face obvious, I like to cultivate my geek streak.
I’m really good at
Drinking water when I'm thirsty.
The first things people usually notice about me
My voice and my eyebrows, I guess.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: I love to read, but I tend to spend most of my reading habits on nonfiction. Here's a short list of books that I've loved and books that have shaped me:

Best book I've read this year: "Hot Cripple" by Hogan Gorman. I also recently enjoyed "Drift", by Rachel Maddow and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". Some all time favorite books and authors: "Catcher in the Rye", anything by Sarah Vowell, Matt Taibbi, or Mary Roach, "I Am Legend" (Richard Matheson), "Shock Value" (John Waters), "Who The Devil Made It" (Peter Bogdonovich), "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", "A Confederacy of Dunces", "Things I've Said But Probably Shouldn't Have", "The Dark Side of Genius" (Donald Spoto), "To Kill A Mockingbird" (Harper Lee), "The Shining" (Stephen King), "All The President's Men" (Bob Woodward and Carl Burnstein), "Step Right Up! I'm Going to Scare the Pants Off America" (William Castle), "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (Bill Bryson), anything by Al Franken, "Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie" (Hunter S. Thompson).

There needs to be a category on here for RADIO: I always have my radio on KCRW/NPR. All-time favorite radio show: "Radiolab". Also enjoy "This American Life", "Left, Right and Center", "The Stephanie Miller Show" (not on KCRW, or course), and I enjoy radio shows old and new.

MOVIES: I was raised on a steady dose of B-horror/exploitation films and classics, so my tastes run the gamut. I blame it all on "Jaws" which I saw when I was nine and haven't been the same ever since. Here's a short list of some favorites:

"Jaws", "Night of the Living Dead", "Dawn of the Dead", "Martin", "Knightriders", "Sunset Boulevard", "Hollywood Boulevard", "The Apartment", "Vertigo", "North By Northwest", "Rear Window", "Psycho", "Stranger On A Train", "The 39 Steps", "Citizen Kane", "Midnight Cowboy", "Ed Wood", "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", "Carnival of Souls", "The Shawshank Redemption", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Evil Dead 2","Drive-in", "Phantom of the Paradise," "Fantastic Planet", Double Indemnity", "Detour", "The Third Man", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956 & 1978), "Blow Out", "Deep Red", "The Conversation", "American Graffiti", "Blue Velvet", "Election", "Dick", "Blazing Saddles", "Young Frankenstein", "Annie Hall", "Sleeper", "The Candidate", "The Tingler", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Dreams that Money Can Buy", "Ghost World," "Ace in the Hole", "Exit Through the Gift Shop", "The Haunting", "Vampyr", "The Godfather", "The Last Detail", "The Sound of Music", "Time After Time", "Apocalypse Now", "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse", "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Dr. Strangelove", "The Shining", "Top Secret!", "Strictly Background", "The Wizard of Gore", "The Wizard of Oz", "American Movie", "Amadeus", "Red River", "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster", "Frankenstein", "Adaptation", "Phantasm", "The Wicker Man (the original)", "Equinox" (1971), "The Little Shop of Horrors", "Halloween", "The Exorcist", "La Dolce Vita", "8 1/2'", "Rock N' Roll High School", "Piranha" (the original, not the 3D thing), "Beavis & Butt-Head Do America", "Tommy", "Koyaanisqatsi", "Baraka", "Metropolis", "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", "Monty Python's Meaning of Life", "Return of the Living Dead", "Rosemary's Baby", "Thelma & Louise", "Alien", "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly", "Masculine-Feminin", "Breathless", "Kramer Vs. Kramer", "Bringing Up Baby", "The Lady From Shanghai", "Detour", "Videodrome", "Naked Lunch", "Fantasia", "The Graduate", "M*A*S*H", "Cinema Paradiso", "All The President's Men", "Taxi Driver", "Polyester", "Babe", "Babe: Pig In The City", "Gods & Monsters"

TV: NOT a big TV watcher but "Oddities" on The Science Channel totally ROCKS! Other than that, if the TV is on I'm usually watching the news; "The Rachel Maddow Show'', "The Daily Show", "The Ed Show", "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donell", "Anderson Cooper 360", Adult Swim ("Aqua Teen Hunger Force", "Squidbillies", etc.), The History Channel, Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, TCM. Fox News is banned in my apartment -- those who try to watch it will learn the fastest way out the front door.

MUSIC: Pretty eclectic; classical, classic rock, jazz, oldies, soundtracks, new age: Philip Glass, The Beatles, Supertramp, The Who, Bernard Herrmann, Beethoven, Abba (let me know when this starts sounding tacky), Mozart, John Coltrane, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Kronos Quartet, Goblin, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry...and many more.

FOOD: I'm completely vegetarian, but mostly vegan (VERY rare exceptions made for dairy and honey). I like eating at places like Real Food Daily, The Veggie Grill, Native Foods, Doomie's, and Cruizer Pizza, if I'm in the mood for pizza (it's all-vegan pizza!). :-)
Six things I could never do without
Well, I'm not going to give a ridiculous response like "I could never live without my Ipod or my cell phone." Don't we all need things like junk food, beer money, reality shows, and Pauly Shore movies?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Currently, I've been spending time trying to figure out how to italicize my font on this site, but that doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere.

I'm a political junkie, so I do spend a lot of time thinking about how much Liz Cheney and the Tea Party get on my nerves. The healthcare debate was very important to me. While I do believe we should be taking care of ourselves, I also happen to believe strongly that the government does have a role to play in our lives and access to good healthcare is a right for all.
On a typical Friday night I am
...probably catching a movie if there isn't a turtle race in Venice.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think I've admitted enough already, haven't I?
You should message me if
...if you think we click, for starters. I'm a equal opportunity socializer.

Common interests are desired, but chemistry is crucial. It's great to meet people who share my interest in obscure horror flicks, but if you're a self-proclaimed vampire with no sense of responsibility, it's a little tough to relate to that. Ultimately looking for something long-term, but I'm NOT in a hurry for anything serious (although I would welcome anything that would evolve).
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