An update, as of 2008: I am MARRIED to a man I met--no joke--here on OKCupid. Ironically, we had lived in Chicago and played in the same underground music scene, but never met. Even more bizarre: we had both left Chicago to go back to college in Central IL; we met after joining this site. Life, timing, and the undercurrents of the universe are amazing. I do have a few friends that occasionally send messages through this site, so I'm going to keep this profile up and leave the original info in tact below. Maybe I should also add: making new friends here is still fine by me, as long as it's understood I'm NOT INTERESTED in ANYTHING MORE! I've also changed majors (sounds silly at my age) and am now studying digital media/design. I still want achieve my mobile art class dream (see below)--but came to the conclusion that No Child Left Behind is definitely leaving art programs behind...and several other subjects too, really.
Caught somewhere between the artistic and the practical, I approach life with a sense of wonder at the simple (the way light plays on a surface of a field or object) and marvel at the mundane (paying bills) trials of everyday existence.
I would like to say that I believe in romance supreme, but feel that I'm old enough to know better. At this point I am simply searching for new friends and acquaintances with a minor hope that I may one day meet someone that knows the difference between simple love and a real relationship. Love tends to wax and wane; real relationships require more attention and work- a partnership that faces all of lifes' ups and downs, embraces the static realities of basic survival (need to eat, etc) and the continual unfolding of personalities: an evolutionary process involving two people. Complicated, indeed! I have decided that I would rather not have kids (even though I'd be a great mother) than have them with just anyone, or just for the sake of having them.
So there you have it...part cynic, part dreamer. More willing to be alone as age encroaches, but oddly hopeful that it won't always be as such. I often describe myself as emotionally retarded, thanks to some bad experiences, yet I don't feel so screwed up that I am damaged goods. Am I cautious with me heart? Yes. Am I buried treasure waiting to be discovered? Yes, but you'll have to be willing to do some digging if you want to win me over.
Wow me with your brain. Make me laugh. Discussion of books is a bonus. Appreciation of the arts preferred. La de da de da...etc, etc, etc.
I am artistic, silly, and passionate
a) Fiction of all sorts. I belong to a website called http://www.bookcrossing.com. Do I really have to pick some titles? Fine, be that way: Wicked, The Lovely Bones, The Life of Pi, Searching for Hassan, A Confederacy of Dunces, Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse Five, Skinny Legs and All, Still Life with Woodpecker, Dune, Sphere, The Metamorphosis, The Illuminatus! Trilogy, The Education of Little Tree, Speed of Light, The Handmaid's Tale, The Stranger, The Jungle, The Great Gatsby, etc...
b) Young Frankenstien, Harold and Maude, American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Blue Velvet, Dead Alive, Walk the Line, The 6th Sense, Delicatessen, Blade Runner (directors cut, no voice overs please!), Johnny Stickino, The Princess Bride, LA Story, Better Off Dead, Frakenhooker,Dead Man, Being John Malcovich, the (real ;p) first three Star Wars, Logan's Run, The Elephant Man (David Lynch version), anything Monty Python, etc.
-I like a "good-bad" movie every now and again, as much as like the artsy ones. Subtitles are fine by me.
c) Anything that I won't hear on the radio 'til I'm sick of it. I love American roots music (bluegrass, blues, big band, swing, non-sleepy-jazz), classic rock and roll, and world music. I like my country old-timey, I like my blues gritty, my rock and roll guitar heavy, and wolrd music drum-driven. I openly admit to liking polka and lounge. I enjoy a wide range of noisy electronic music. I like punk from the era when it was still under-produced and recorded by musically challenged, angry people. I stopped listening to commercial radio sometime in the early 80's. A rattled off list: Autechre, Aphex Twin, Skinny Puppy, Miles Davis, Jim White, Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, Buckwheat Zydeco, Souixsie and the Banshees, The Creatures, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Kodo, Zakir Hussian, The Moog Cookbook, The Six Fat Dutchmen, Hank Williams Sr, Wolfsheim,Coil,Johnny Cash, Peter Murphy, Foetus, 242, Medeski Martin and Wood, Cab Calloway, Plasmatics, Gene Autry, Orbital, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughn, Dead Kennedy's...and many, many more.
d) If I cook, it is usually simple and typically Americanized. If I eat out I love adventure: sushi, Indian food, Thai. I love being surprised by flavor and will try most food at least once. I love spicy food-give me a jalapeno to eat and watch me smile and reach for more. Having grown up in the Midwest, I am not a huge fan of seafood. So far as I can tell it has to be cooked just right to appeal to my palate. If I had a last meal to order, it would have to include a banana and popcorn-seriously.
When I get to grumpy about living in an imperfect world I like to read books about dystopian societies. A Brave New Wolrd by Aldos Huxley is always a good shot in the arm-it's frighteningly insightful. Thankfully, I still believe that America is teetering in between the Civilized and the Savage.
I miss the following about Chicago: the food; people think that "eye-talian" and Chinese food are exotic where I live now. Hearing 10 languages in 10 mins of walking. I miss the choices of transportation in Chi...walk, el, bus, car. I miss the easy access to original live music, as well as the variety of theater and art.
-I don't miss the high cost of living or the difficult parking. I still don't know if I'll move back when I finish college.
If I could wake up with the vast knowledge and skill at one instrument tomorrow, it would be the accordion. Laugh if you will, yet it is one of the most versatile instruments and it never needs tuning, thus making it one of the most popular instruments worldwide. Poor ol' accordion...not appreciated enough, by so many people.
If you aren't offended that I've answered so many of the questions for matches and taken so many of those ridiculous tests; it snowed a lot here recently and I have been rather bored to say the least. I also spent some time reading them off to one of my best friends, while we laughed a good streak about how inane they are.
Because I dare you to be so brave!