Music junkie. Crappy writer. INTJ. I brush twice a day and chew with my mouth closed. I put the toilet seat down and open doors (though not at the same time). I'm also a dead ringer for Denzel Washington.
"How do I contact you?" See links above (and useless info, below) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @TWBuddha Facebook: Yeah, um... no Instagram: I'm in my 50s. Don't think so. "Are you a Buddhist?" No. "The Writing Buddha" is a line from Kerouac's "Brooklyn Bridge Blues" (poem).
"What the hell is an INTJ?" Myers-Briggs personality type (think sun signs/astrology for corporate America)
“Do you have a type?” Not really. It’s pretty fluid. I think all women can be sexy and beautiful... regardless of cup size, age, race, weight, etc.,. Honestly... what matters most is good conversation. If she tends to speak in emoji, LOL-like initialisms and gives short replies (and it’s mainly just me talking to myself), I’m out. I care more about her mind than her body.
"Where are you from?" Chicago
"Do you live in Chicago now?" No. Orange County, CA.
“Where in Orange County?” Do you want a key to my house? I keep the cash in a Pringles jar.
"What's the most beautiful place you've visited (and your favorite)?" Beautiful... Santorini (Greek Islands), Italy. Favorite... Los Cabos.
"Why do you love Los Cabos?" Gorgeous scenery. Great food. Friendly people. Whether it's Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, I've just had so many amazing experiences down there. It's definitely heavily Americanized [sanitized, safe, clean], but I promise you'll have a good time. Their 5-star resorts put ours to shame, especially when it comes to service.
"What's the most interesting place?" India. Visited a few times. Such a vibrant culture.
"What do you smell like?" Meatloaf (and not the singer; ok, maybe the singer)
"Have you ever been a mule for a Mexican drug cartel?" How far back are we going?
"Boxers or briefs?" Neither. Low-rise trunks.
"Did you really just answer that last question?" I really did
"Do you talk to yourself?" I don't, no... but I can't speak for the other personalities
"What are you doing on a typical Friday night?" - Sobbing, uncontrollably - Acting out Cirque du Soleil in my living room - Watching a Golden Girl's marathon - Researching how to join a cult
"What's the most private thing you're willing to admit?" I was born a male. What? I'm still a male? Oh. Disregard. I feel so vulnerable now.
”These aren’t really FAQs, are they?” No, but let’s pretend they are so I can continue being an idiot
”What are some of your favorite books?” - Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston) - Beloved (Morrison) - Lolita (Nabokov) - Housekeeping (Robinson) - The Road and Blood Meridian (McCarthy) - An American Tragedy (Dreiser) - Tales of the City (Maupin) - Wide Sargasso Sea (Rhys) - Portnoy’s Complaint (Roth) - The Dead (Joyce)
"Who (or what) motivated you to start writing?" A few things. Springsteen's Born to Run album, to start (especially "Jungleland"). It was street poetry at its finest. That song was... a novel. Then, just... Robert Smith (The Cure), in general. Such a romantic. The sexual influence came years later after having read lots of poems by Pablo Neruda and Charles Bukowski, in particular.
"Any favorite poets?” Pablo Neruda and Charles Bukowski, for sure. Anne Sexton. Others.
“What music do you listen to? Any favorites?” I tend to be all over the place, but here are a few:
“Ok. Some respectable stuff, but... what about guilty pleasures?” - Journey, Abba, John Denver, Bollywood, etc.,. Here are a few more.
"What do you think is the best song ever written?" I'd say this one
"Speaking of artists, what is your favorite art genre?” Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Modern Art, Art Deco, Color Field
"Art genre? You're a pretentious jackass, aren't you?" Maybe
"What are some of your favorite movies?” - Bull Durham - Field of Dreams - (500) Days of Summer - Chef - La La Land - City of God (Brazilian) - Belle du Jour (French) - The Beauty Inside (South Korean; so fucking romantic) - Dead Poet’s Society - Dan In Real Life - Cinema Paradiso (Italian) - Wings of Desire (German) - The Raid and Raid 2 (Indonesian; amazing martial arts films) - The Night Comes For Us (Indonesian; martial arts) - Oldboy (South Korean) - Ikiru (Japanese) - In the Mood for Love (Chinese) - Kung Fu Hustle (Chinese; martial arts) - Midnight in Paris (love Woody Allen movies) - I Saw the Devil (South Korean revenge film) - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (cheesy Bollywood rom com) - Top Gun (I'm a guy, so... yeah) - Crazy Rich Asians - The Revenant - Love, Actually - Serendipity - Yesterday - Kill Bill - Grease - Saturday Night Fever - Mystic Pizza - Animal House - Quadrophenia - Taken - Tenet - Drive - Harry Potter (series) - John Wick (series) - Mission Impossible (series) - Fast & Furious (series) - About Time - Love Me If You Dare (French) - The Sun is Also a Star - 50 First Dates - Gladiator - Roma (Mexican)
"What about a guilty pleasure movie?" Mama Mia! Takes me back to Santorini.
"What movies make you laugh?” Usually something stupid... but clever (e.g., Eurotrip, Sorority Boys, Mystery Team)
"What's your favorite movie genre?" Tie between Horror and (smart) Romantic Comedies
"What movie do you like that most people hate?" Tango & Cash. Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone.
"What do you watch on TV (these days; current shows)?” - Black Mirror (Netflix) - Westworld (HBO) - Love Death + Robots (Netflix) - Ozark (Netflix) - The Sinner (Netflix) - Normal People (Hulu) - You (Netflix) - A Discovery of Witches (AMC+/Shudder) - The Boys (Amazon) - Upload (Amazon) - Modern Love (Amazon) - Alex Rider (Amazon) - Jack Ryan (Amazon) - Servant (Apple TV+) - Tokyo Girl (Amazon) - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Netflix) - Asian rom coms (Korean, mainly)
Note: If you like horror... Shudder's "Channel Zero" series is excellent.
“Wait... go back. Asian rom coms? Are you serious?” Yup. The happy endings are a guilty pleasure. Click here for a playlist of some of my favorites.
"What are some of your all-time favorite shows?” - Northern Exposure - The Twilight Zone - Game of Thrones - Black Mirror - The West Wing - Curb Your Enthusiasm - Seinfeld - Arrested Development - The X-Files - The Sopranos - The Honeymooners - Fawlty Towers - South Park - Doctor Who
"Any recent gems worth watching?" (as of 5/16/2021) - Love and Monsters (Adventure; movie) - Love Death + Robots (Animated; Netflix series; Season 2) - Nobody (Action; movie) - The Kid Detective (Drama/Noir; movie) - Them (Horror; Amazon series; Season 1) - Host (Horror; movie) - The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Romance; movie) - Promising Young Woman (Thriller; movie) - Palm Springs (Hulu; movie)
"Do you play sports at all?” I swam competitively from age 6 through college, but no... not really
"What about watching it on TV?" Baseball and golf can be relaxing (and disc golf, as strange as it is), but I'd rather watch my girl than a bunch of guys playing with their balls. Ok, so... college football was fun to watch (with crowds).
"Any favorite restaurants?” A lot of them are in Las Vegas, but yes:
- Babe's Chicken Dinner House (Dallas) - Bouchon (Las Vegas) - Brodard's (Fountain Valley) - Din Tai Fung (Costa Mesa) - Driftwood Kitchen (Laguna Beach) - Havana 1957 (Miami Beach) - Javier's (various SoCal locations + Vegas) - La Carreta (Miami) - Langer's (Los Angeles) - Lola's (Las Vegas) - Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas) - Lou Malnati's (Chicago) - Mastro's (Costa Mesa) - Momofuku (Las Vegas) - Nobu (Las Vegas) - Pecan Lodge (Dallas) - Portillo's (Buena Park, Chicago) - Porto's (Buena Park) - Sally's Apizza (New Haven) - Samba Kitchen (New York) - Sushi Roku (Newport Beach) - SushiSamba (Las Vegas) - Taverna Al Remer (Venice, Italy) - Tommaso's (San Francisco) - Vox Kitchen (Fountain Valley)
"What's your favorite type of restaurant?" Probably a Jewish deli. So much good food. Mmm... a hot pastrami.
"What do you always order if it’s on the menu?” Short rib, carnitas, tacos al pastor, shrimp & grits, fried chicken, spicy won ton's
"What's your favorite food... period?" Bacon. If you don't like it, we can't be friends.
"What cuisine do you think people are missing out on?" Oh, god... Cuban and Peruvian. Run to the nearest restaurant, don't walk.
"What's your drink of choice?" An Old Fashioned (though most bartenders suck at it). Wine.
Bose SoundLink Mini II for conference calls. Bose QC 20 earbuds and Bose QC 25's for when I need noise cancellation (e.g., fucking landscapers). I use the Bolle&Raven adapter for the 25's when I want to go wireless. When I'm working, I use the middle & right monitors and keep the left one for the Mac (using a separate keyboard & mouse)... unless I need all 3. At night and on weekends, I use all 3 monitors for the Mac.