I grew up in an area known for its shore, gambling, & urban disaster areas ... on a farm. I'm the youngest of my dad's six kids, but my mom's only, half Puerto Rican but muy americanizado. On an especially bicultural day, I can muster some Spanglish. I adore PR food. I like Indian even better. But I'm seriously, seriously Anglo.
If you're into the Briggs-Myers, I'm an entrenched INFP. I love to obsess over current events, talk excitedly, eat out, bike and walk all over creation, go to old theaters, and read history/ novels/ poetry.
Giant bookshelves and framed movie posters cover immense amounts of wallspace in my apartment. I share the place with a hairy perpetual three-year-old (a cat). I love my freaky neighbors/neighborhood.
During the rainy season (like 3/4s of the year) I like to kit myself out in a black tuque, T, hoodie, jeans, and a long coat. Irrespective of the season, though, i'm unlikely to leave the house without my lifeline--i.e., smartphone; why couldn't I have had one of these in the '90s?
What am I looking for? I'm drawn to smart, direct, talkative, and assertive women ... como las mujeres buricuas de mi juventud.
Caveats: I am absurdly bad at hints. And I babble. The upside: I'm used to being interrupted, conversations taking unexpected turns, and hearing that I'm wrong. Just go there. :)
Currently reading: White Rage by Carol Anderson, Ph.D.
*Talking too much
TV: The Americans, Deadwood, The Expanse, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Homicide, Jessica Jones, The Last Kingdom, Luke Cage, The Man in the High Castle, Orange Is the New Black, Orphan Black, Peaky Blinders, Portlandia, Rome, The Wire.
Novels/Plays: Absalom! Absalom!, Atonement, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Beloved, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The City The City, The Color Purple, Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The House of Mirth, Jazz, Middlesex, Never Let Me Go, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Othello, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tell Me a Riddle, Tess, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Trial, Twelfth Night, The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
Nonfiction : 1491, Before the Storm, Between the World and Me, The Half Has Never Been Told, Imagined Communities, The Fatal Environment, Gunfighter Nation, Invisible Bridge, The Nature of Fascism, Nixonland, Reconstruction, Rites of Ascent, The Wages of Whiteness, When I Was Puerto Rican.
Poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, W.S. Merwin, Adrienne Rich, Robert Penn Warren, James Wright.
Graphica: Berlin, Blood of Palomar, The Fadeout, The Death of Speedy, The Education of Hopey Glass, Kings in Disguise, The Hunting Party, Incognegro, Lazarus, Lucifer, The Magician's Wife, Northlanders, Persepolis, Poison River, Pride of Baghdad, Saga, Sandman, Stray Bullets, V for Vendetta, etc.
Websites: The Atlantic, The BBC, Facebook, Hulu, Netflix, The New Yorker, Slate, Salon, Twitter, WordPress.
Music: Adele, Tori Amos, The (English) Beat, Bhi Bhiman, The Black Keys, The Boogaloo Assassins, The Clash, Death Cab for Cutie, Elvis Costello, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, The Hamilton soundtrack, Jain, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Los Lobos, M.I.A., No Doubt, Eliades Ochoa, Ojos de Brujo, The Pogues, Tito Puente, ('80s) REM, Emili Sandee, Sublime, Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse, etc.
Food: (Spicy) chai, cippino, coquito, paella, pakoras, pastelon de platano, etc.
*Working with words (reading /writing / editing)
*Spectacles (movies, theater, live music, zombies, acrobats)
*Living near the ocean/shore
*Walking / biking all over creation (interchangeable!)
(I'd like to say "sunshine," but I'm evidently living w/o that quite a bit ...)