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 (or Bea Arthur).
"How do I contact you?" See links above (and useless info, below) Email: email@example.com 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)
"Fun. I don't have time to read these things. What do they say about you?" They say to run. Fast. "He's either a serial killer or the next Pauly Shore."
“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. Western suburbs, but lived in high rises in the city for years after college.
"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?" Well... it's easy to get to from here (2 hour flight).
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.
"Do you have a favorite place in Los Cabos? Where do you suggest staying?" Depends on your budget, but also... where you want to be. "Los Cabos" stretches from Cabo San Lucas (in the south) to San Jose del Cabo (up north); it's about a 40-minute drive between the two. Cabo San Lucas is, by far, the most popular (and well known). It's where the marina and El Arco are (and where cruise ships let out). If you want to be near nightlife and lots of water activities, stay near Cabo San Lucas. If you want to get away from it all and prefer a quiet, artsy town... stay in the Tourist Corridor (halfway) and/or near San Jose del Cabo.
My job is to scout out properties (hotels/resorts, restaurants, boats, etc.) for corporate events, so I've stayed at most of the resorts down there. There are 5-star resorts up and down the coast. Like I said earlier, the nicest ones make the best US resorts (even a Ritz-Carlton) look like a Hampton Inn. Here are my favorites, in order.
Waldorf Astoria Pedregal (my next event is here)
Grand Velas (my last event was here)
Esperanza / Las Ventanas (tie)
Montage Los Cabos
Mar Del Cabo (a little gem)
One&Only Palmilla is nice, but a bit dated (Seared is a great restaurant, though)... and way too sprawling a property. Zadun (by Ritz-Carlton) is equally posh, but too remote. Nobu is decent, but (like Pueblo Bonito Pacifica) there's too much room between the beach and the resort (i.e. you won't hear the waves). If you want something intimate and romantic, look at Esperanza and Las Ventanas (best for a honeymoon). Le Blanc has become too much of a party scene (despite having my favorite spa). If you want small and hip, you want The Cape. If you want super small and romantic (and to feel like you're in the Greek islands), try Mar Del Cabo (it's right next to Grand Velas and is their sister property; it's not too expensive). Viceroy is ok (too hip for me; that, and the rooms are just... weird). Chileno Bay is unremarkable (and their spa sucks). Breathless (by the marina in Cabo) is too close to downtown (and too loud). Trust me... get out and enjoy the REAL beaches (not Medano).
Whatever you do, avoid Hyatt Ziva at all costs. Worst hotel I've ever been to (anywhere).
I haven't seen Garza Blanca (looks ok). There are certainly cheaper places to stay in Cabo (than those I've mentioned), but if you can afford it... you won't regret staying at one of them. There are a ton of all-inclusive resorts, but only Grand Velas and Le Blanc have incredible restaurants (the others are what you'd expect).
"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?” - (500) Days of Summer - 50 First Dates - About Time - Animal House - Belle de Jour (French) - Blade Runner - Branded to Kill (Japanese) - Breathless (French) - Bull Durham - Chef - Chungking Express (Chinese) - Cinema Paradiso (Italian) - City of God (Brazilian) - Crazy Rich Asians - Cube (series) - Dan in Real Life - Dead Poet’s Society - Drive - Edge of Tomorrow - Fast & Furious (series) - Field of Dreams - Gangs of New York - Gladiator - Grease - Harry Potter (series) - I Saw the Devil (Korean) - Ikiru (Japanese) - In the Mood for Love (Chinese) - Inception - It's a Wonderful Life - John Wick (series) - Kill Bill (series) - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Bollywood) - Kung Fu Hustle (Chinese) - La La Land - Lost in Translation - Love Actually - Love Me If You Dare (French) - Memento - Midnight in Paris - Mission Impossible (series) - Mulholland Dr. - Mystic Pizza - Oldboy (Korean) - Saturday Night Fever - Serendipity - Taken - Tenet - The Beauty Inside (Korean) - The Equalizer (series) - The Game - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - The Matrix - The Night Comes For Us (Indonesian) - The Raid (Indonesian; series) - The Revenant - The Sun is Also a Star - The Truman Show - The Usual Suspects - Top Gun - Upgrade - Valley Girl - Wings of Desire (German) - Yesterday
"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?" Horror, smart Rom Coms, movies like Cube/Platform... as well as stuff like John Wick/Taken/Raid.
"What are some of your favorite horror films/shows/shorts?" - 2AM: The Smiling Man (YouTube short) - Bloody Mary (YouTube short) - Channel Zero (anthology series on Shudder; fantastic) - Haunt - Hell House LLC - Hereditary - Host - Insidious (series) - Lights Out (YouTube short) - Mama (YouTube short) - Polaroid (YouTube short) - REC (the original Spanish film; don't watch Quarantine, the remake) - Relic - The Blair Witch Project - The Collector - The Conjuring (series) - The Descent - The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix series; Hill House is scarier, though) - The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix series) - The Ring - The Strangers
"What are your all-time favorite TV shows?” - Arrested Development - Black Mirror - Curb Your Enthusiasm - Doctor Who - Fawlty Towers - Game of Thrones - Miami Vice - Northern Exposure - Seinfeld - South Park - The Honeymooners - The OC - The Prisoner - The Sopranos - The Twilight Zone - The West Wing - The X-Files
"What current shows (still in production) do you like?" - A Discovery of Witches (AMC+/Shudder) - All Creatures Great and Small (PBS) - Black Mirror (Netflix) - Dark (Amazon; German) - Jack Ryan (Amazon) - Loki (Disney+) - Love Death + Robots (Netflix) - Modern Love (Amazon) - Normal People (Hulu) - Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+) - Servant (Apple TV+) - Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) - Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) - The Boys (Amazon) - The Sinner (Netflix) - Them (Amazon) - Tokyo Girl (Amazon; Japanese) - Upload (Amazon) - Westworld (HBO) - You (Amazon)
Asian rom coms, too (Korean and, to a lesser extent, Taiwanese).
“Asian rom coms? Are you serious?” Yup. The happy endings are a guilty pleasure. Click here for a playlist of some of my favorites. Note: Most are on Viki, but some are on Netflix.
"Ok. What Asian rom coms should I watch?" - Boys Over Flowers (Korean; Netflix/Viki) - Familiar Wife (Korean; one of my favorites; Netflix) - Go Back Couple (Korean; one of my favorites; Viki) - Goblin (Korean; Viki; also goes by "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) - Good Morning Call (Japanese; Netflix) - Just You (Taiwanese; one of my favorites; Netflix) - Oh My Venus (Korean; one of my favorites; Viki) - Office Girls (Taiwanese; Netflix) - Playful Kiss (Korean; Viki) - Refresh Man (Taiwanese; Netflix) - Rooftop Prince (Korean; Viki) - She Was Pretty (Korean; one of my favorites; Viki) - Splash Splash Love (Korean; Viki) - Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (Korean; Viki) - What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (Korean: Viki)
"Any recent gems (TV or movies) worth watching?" (as of 12/10/2021) - Host (Horror; movie; AMC+/Shudder/rental) - Love and Monsters (Adventure; movie; rental) - Love Death + Robots (Animated; TV; Netflix; Season 2) - Love on the Spectrum (Dating; Netflix; TV) - Midnight Mass (Horror; TV; Netflix) - Shang-Chi (Action; Disney+) - Squid Game (Thriller; TV; Korean; Amazon) - The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Romance; movie; Amazon) - The Platform (Sci-Fi; movie; Netflix) - Them (Horror; TV; Amazon) - No Time To Die (James Bond; movie; rental)
"What's the stupidest movie you've seen lately?" The new Fast & Furious film. Love the series, but... cars in space? No.
"Do you work out?" Before the recent apocalypse, I used to go to LA Fitness 4-5 times a week. Was down to about 140-150 lbs, but have since turned into a fat ass (eating everything in sight). Bought a NordicTrack elliptical (one of those "SpaceSaver" ones), so I'll get there, again (unless we have another pandemic).
"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 is always fun to watch.
"Do you go camping/hiking/biking/etc.?" I like to bike (and I like watching camping videos), but I'm not a big outdoorsy guy. Camping looks like a lot of fun (especially winter camping... which I'd love to experience), but I'd rather skip the insects and potential bear attacks and check into a Ritz-Carlton (with a fully-stocked bar, 5-star spa, and a nice, comfy bed).
"Do you play video games?" A little. Xbox. Usually sports or racing games. Here's what I play the most.
- MLB The Show 21 (baseball; play this one all the time) - PGA Tour 2K21 (golf; a favorite) - Madden NFL 21 (football) - NBA 2K21 (basketball) - NHL 21 (hockey) - Dirt 5 (off-road racing) - Gravel (off-road racing) - Hotshot Racing (racing) - Hot Wheels Unleashed (toy car racing) - Forza Horizon 4 (racing) - Burnout Paradise (racing) - Gears of War 5 (shooter)
"Are you a foodie?" Um... yeah. I love to cook, eat out, and post poorly-written Yelp reviews.
"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) - Sup Noodle Bar (Irvine) - 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 adult beverage of choice?" Wine. Old Fashioned. Stouts.
"What's one thing you've always wanted to learn more about?" Physics (M-theory, etc.) and metaphysics/philosophy (solipsism, etc.)
"Any comedy specials on Netflix that you recommend?" Yup. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra.
“Who would you love to sit down and have a beer with? Anthony Bourdain (don't think that's in the cards). I'm not really into celebrities, though. I think it's weird that society fawns all over them (especially the Kardashians of the world... who've done absolutely nothing to earn the attention - those famous for being famous). Some might be gifted at what they do, but they're just people at the end of the day. They may live in nicer houses and travel more, but they take a shit just like the rest of us. I've seen plenty of celebrities over the years. I have no interest in getting an autograph or photo. It's stupid.
"So you wouldn't be starstruck by anyone? Not one person?" Ok, well... while I'm a Springsteen fanatic, it would be Paul McCartney.
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.