I enjoy all manner of artistic pursuits, from drawing, playing jazz (saxophone and clarinet, mostly), poetry, free form short stories, songs, and of course reading. I love biking, hiking, picnics, wine tasting, excellent food, and dancing. I am an avid disciple of world religions, and enjoy discussions on psychology, politics, philosophy, social dynamics, and a host of other topics.
My reading habits range from HP Lovecraft to Anais Nin, from Aristotle's metaphysics to Francis Schaeffer's apologetics. I try to read at least one book a week, switching between fiction and non-fiction to keep myself entertained. As an example, I am currently reading the following books: Globality, Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything (by Harold Sirkin, James Hemerling, and Arindam Bhattacharya), Building Brandwidth (by Sergio Zyman), Toll the Hounds (by Steven Erikson), and Sign and the Seal (by Graham Hancock).
I enjoy finding new and interesting places to meet people and talk. My hangouts tend to be more conversationally inclined than pounding music halls, but as previously stated, I do have a weak spot for dancing... especially Salsa, Merengue, and East Coast Swing. I'll head out of town every month or so to enjoy the art scene or a night club, but generally if I go out it is to a billiard bar with a relaxed dress code and decent players.
I despise television and will choose a book over the "tube" every time. I do, however, have a weakness for movies... especially the "weird" ones. My favorites are the Princess Bride, Caddyshack, 12 Monkeys, La Femme Nikita, the Professional, Untamed Heart, the Princess Bride, True Romance, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lady Hawk, Dumb & Dumber, the Princess Bride, Boondock Saints, Desperado, Breakfast at Tiffany's, the Superintendent, Princess Mononoke, the Legends of Arislan, Silent Mobius, Armitage III, Battle Angel, Venus Wars, Drunken Master, the Princess Bride, the Legend, Legends of the Fall, Red Lantern, Seven Samurai, Blue, Red, White, the Unbearable Lightness of Being, and the Princess Bride. Yes, that was intentional. Oh, and of COURSE the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
My musical tastes are a tad bit eclectic, ranging from Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis to Morrissey and Nine Inch Nails. I love classical music and jazz more often than most styles, but have developed a favorable approach towards almost all genres in the past half a decade; including country, much to my own surprise!
I was once an avid player of RPG's, though I have not had the opportunity to join a new group since moving back to California. My style of play is generally geared toward a character's social development and their interactions with other party members, as well as NPCs. I have run games in a host of systems over the years, and have developed several "worlds" for my players to enjoy. As a game-master, I tend towards non-linear story lines, with multiple inter meshed plot lines that directly appeal to the player's background and role playing style. In regards to systems, my favorites are Talislanta, Arcanis, Ars Magica, and HARP... though I will admit I still love Palladium/RIFTs and D&D (all editions) if I am with a group not bent on munchkining.
I used to be very involved in the Renaissance Festival circuit in South Florida, and was a certified fighting instructor for the Society of American Fight Directors. I was also a Council member for the Renaissance Historical Society of Florida, a Council member and Weapons Trainer for Chessmasters d'Vizcaya, a Council member and Weapons Trainer for the Miami Chessmasters, and a Co-Founder of Historic Entertainment. Basically, I dressed up in costumes and choreographed fights with all types of weaponry, from swords and axes to cloaks and fists, as well as planning Festivals and Events of all types. I also wrote several plays, most of them adapted off existing masterpieces like Shakespeare. Since moving from my birthplace in Florida, I have also dabbled in the SCA - Society of Creative Anachronism and ARMA - Association of Renaissance Martial Arts, where they spar with fake swords in "real" combat matches. My interest leans more to the theatrical then the realistic, so my forays into such groups have been relatively casual.
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