I decided a long time ago that the best three words anyone could say are not "I love you," but rather "come with me." I think that this preference is substantially informative. I enjoy surrealism in art, randomness in experience, and idiosyncrasy in acquaintance. But I can also make the sandwich and wield the wrench. I do a lot of making my own fun.
I'm involved in various permutations of performing arts crumduggery (that is a made up word) in Chicago. I have been known to audio engineer for puppets, role play with thespians, perform feats of office work for dancers, drink beer with my folk music classmates, and stage manage for mimes.
I enjoy indulging my introverted impulses with reading binges or making complicated food, like pie.
This year I would like to learn to ride my unicycle and play clawhammer banjo. (Maybe I should start organizing my activities by shape, the being The Year of the Circle With Line Attached).
"You're the most absurdly genuine person I know."
"You see how things need to be and quietly find a way to make it happen."
"I never thought of you as shy."
I have also been (relatively) frequently complimented on my flute-playing/musicality, hair texture, writing, dental hygiene (seriously!), care with others, and bum.
When I return shopping carts to their parking spots at the grocery store, I ride them like a scooter and sometimes go "wheeee!"
Once, a drunk friend told me: "you're nice, Sarah," and began to walk away. Then he reconsidered, turned back, and added, "but you're not THAT nice."
I have this one t-shirt that says, "Just shy (not antisocial). You can talk to me!" I think people notice that. The proclivities, that is, not the shirt.
Also, I have the gnawing suspicion that no matter what, I will always be a shade off from fashionable.
The weirdly-named shows at local theatres
The twin rabbit-holes of Spotify and Youtube
(and suddenly, inexplicably, diet coke)
Intense long-form drama tv (Game of Thrones, etc.)
Four & twenty blackbirds baked in a pie, minus birds and pie
Books of all kinds (but I don't keep them)
The Art of Non-Conformity
Scotch, gin martinis
-The means to get there
Things that have a definite - but undiscoverable - answer, like "how many people have made out in this exact spot?"
In general, I like real-life games (but strangely not most conventional ones like board/card/video games). For instance, I like to play a mental game of "Awesome or Lame" often. Living in a cave: awesome or lame? Driving the Weinermobile as a primary vehicle: awesome or lame? Having a real-life encounter with the obnoxious blue interview puppet from Wonder Showzen: awesome or lame?
Other games include:
Most Attractive/Least Attractive (to be played on the El)
Trying Too Hard? (to be played on the sidewalk)
Spot the Mullet (works just about anywhere)
Tally Me Banana (an ongoing annual game where I just count how many bananas my roommate and I eat over a year)
Most of these games exist to facilitate conversation during bouts of people-watching. From a distance, it seems I'm a pretty harsh critic of strangers, but mostly I'm just interested in what's going on in other people's worlds. As a techie, I feel like I have a special perspective into the "backstage" of others' lives. I don't really; it's just fun to speculate.
Also, did you know that there are 1244 potentially hazardous asteroids known?