Not looking for a tour guide but any tips on the best places to see live music and art would be very welcome :)
I was going to do a spiffy spiel here in the vein of a Norman Mailer's "Advertisements for myself" but then realised the inherent limitation of words such as they are would make me feel a bit disappointed with the result whatever I wrote.
"A bit like Marco Polo explaining the noodle to a bunch of irritated Italians" (if you get my bad historical joke).
Career wise - I was a public servant for 10 yrs who has just made a massive switch to sales because I just love meeting new people everyday and talking about intellectually stimulating things instead of just writing reports about them.
I've lived overseas briefly before, working for a climate change think tank in Sweden and a Defence Think Tank in Georgia - and I'd love to live overseas somewhere exotic again. I've traveled to 60 countries in the last decade, mainly off the beaten track. Apart from music and current events etc, travel is my main love.
In the meantime I'm trying to soak up as many awesome cultural pursuits as I can while I'm in Melbourne - festivals, bands, galleries, exhibitions, secret parties, learning swing dancing, running, kayaking etc etc.
Also I'm furiously learning Bass to fill in for my mates band. Harder than I thought it would be.
My absorption and endless sprouting of quotes.
My memory for faces is renowned amongst all that know me. I just havent figured out how to make a career out of it.
Movies - I mainly like art house and foreign language films - particularly Danish, Korean and French films. My biggest weakness are documentaries - from errol morris, herzog types of docos all the way to current affairs type stuff on sbs/abc.
Books - As above, I'm pretty much obsessed with world events/ politics/human behaviour/culture/society/science etc etc so I read tons of non-fiction - think Malcolm Gladwell, Hitchens kind of stuff . On top of that I read tons and tons of articles from slate.com, NYRB, LRB, The economist, the New Yorker, Longreads.com and I would die without access to the New York Times.
Fiction wise I like Rushdie, Palahniuk, Frantzen, Amis, Celine, Ballard, Bret Easton Ellis and I have a real fond spot for Houellebecq.
Food: I'm eat pretty much everything but I love Korean, Taiwanese and Eastern European foods the most.
1. Music - actually all kinds of art/culture. I agree with Charles Mingus: "In the shitstorm of life, art is our only umbrella".
2. The ability to lose myself in another culture and meet new people.
3. I hate to say it but I'd probably die if my instapaper account was destroyed.
4. Exercise - this might sound weird but I start going crazy if I miss a gym or running group session more than 2 days in a row.
6. A bottle of Jameson whiskey
"Are the emergency buttons on elevators for elevator problems only?"
Here's one: A band without my knowledge recently wrote and played a song about me at the Tote (I know the band members and my name is quite unique). They refuse to play it when I see them play so I dont even know the lyrics.
"My types: crazy, but self-aware; only just holding it together while resilient; tragic but with gallows humour."
A big plus if you are fascinated by the world around you including current affairs, human behaviour and culture.