I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen -- I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I belive in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of casual chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.
Not all of the above statements are factually correct statements of my beliefs, but the quote is entirely true.
Also, I am not a traveler. Which isn't to say I don't like the idea, but more that I don't feel the compulsion to do so, the way some people do. I see a lot of people who can't wait to be anywhere but where they are, and if you need someone like that, that's not me.
I am timid, extroverted, and easily amused.
I'm also stupid-doing a lot of karaoke these days.
Music: I greatly enjoy Tom Waits, XTC, Lee Press-On and the Nails, Alison Brown Quartet and many others. I am mostly unfamiliar with current pop music, and while I can appreciate modern club music (to some extent), I don't make any effort to listen to it. The late 70's and early 80's influenced my musical tastes. I am melody driven and rhythmically challenged. I greatly enjoy live acoustic music, and have attended the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in the past, but circumstances have snuck up on me.
Movies: I'm not a huge movie person - I rarely take time out to watch them. However, "All That Jazz" is one of my all-time favorites, and "Love Actually", is up there on the list. I'm not a huge anime fan, but I do own 3 Urusei Yatsura movies. Not a big foreign film fan, but I own "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams". I am a musicals fan, but I only just bought "Singin' in the Rain". I see fewer than 5 movies/year in the theater. I own DVDs I haven't even opened.
Food: I don't eat ugly food, but I will eat nearly any vegetable you send my way, saving eggplant. I also don't like olives, nor nuts in my chocolate, and I'm a Scoville wimp. If you are a vegetarian, I can refrain from eating meat in your presence. I can prepare food, but I don't think of myself as a cook; perhaps I just have too many friends who are into that sort of thing to make that distinction.