Wednesday, February 04, 2009

David's 25 Things

Since everyone else was doing it.. I figured it'd be an interesting exercise. It was certainly long. That'swhatshesaid.

1. I'm an extremely passionate advocate for atheism and secular humanism. I believe strongly in the power of reason and in the potential for a secular, moral, ethical, and just society. I reject any and all claims based on supernatural or religious explanation and think that such ideas are dangerous. Most of the people I'm close with are religious, though, so I don't talk about this much. Though if you ever want to, I'm more than willing.

2. I like to think I'm not a picky eater. With that said I hate bacon and all pork products. I'm allergic to apples, celery, carrots, and pineapple. Also I'm REALLY lactose intolerant despite cheese being my favorite thing to eat ever.

3. For my entire life I have very sincerely wanted to be a super hero. I would have told at least 100 people my secret identity by now though.

4. Sometimes I worry that I’m too mean but I express affection for the people I’m closest with by picking on them and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

5. If a movie is supposed to make people cry... it makes me bawl like a fucking baby. The worst instance of this is after I saw the movie Big Fish and ended up sobbing in the men's bathroom at the movie theater for like 10 minutes. I won't cry though if I think people are looking.

6. Once a month I consider becoming vegan, thinking that future generations will likely look back on the way we treat animals as barbaric and disgusting. I've always admired people who throughout history have taken a stand for the rights of others and moved civilization forward and I like to think that given the opportunity I would be one of them, Sadly I always decide that until there are delicious meat substitutes available everywhere I'm not doing it. Hopefully someone will invent perfect faux steak and eggs before I die. I also think the people at PETA are total dicks.

7. I'm long-winded.

8. I'm pretty sure when I grow up I'm going to be Lucille Bluth.

9. I suffered terrible neglect as a child and on more than one occasion I've noticed that I suffer all the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including flashbacks/nightmares, anger, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and avoidance of stimuli associated with one's trauma. I sometimes worry that my childhood has, for worse, set the direction of who I am. Though I worry about this less and less. On a not-unrelated note, my mother's ringtone used to be "Witchy Woman" and is now No Doubt's "Spiderwebs."

10. I've given the matter a great deal of thought and I'm certain the world didn't exist before the internet and we're all just confused about that. This is undoubtedly similar to the way that the people on Battlestar Galactica seem to think they invented the Cylons within the last 100 years while they've actually been around for millennia.

11. As is true with many great loves, I can’t stand New York City half of the time.

12. I’m a member of the ACLU, the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Paley Center for Media.

13. I’m deeply grateful for my friends. There are many of you that I truly consider family. Sadly I suck at calling people regularly as I’m often VERY awkward on the phone.

14. Laura, Rebecca, Kenny, Woodie, Leland, Julie, and David Axe in particular, have had a huge impact on shaping me into the person that I am. A lot of what I like best about myself comes from them.

15. When I was in middle school I used to take part in weekly, online Star Trek role-playing games. I even had a little communicator pin that I would sometimes wear on my shirt during this. To this day I wonder how I lost my virginity in High School.

16. I prefer salty drinks to sweet ones. My favorites are Dirty Vodka Martinis and Salty Dogs. Though yesterday I found Firefly Sweet Tea vodka at a store in midtown and subsequently died of happiness.

17. Meeting Steve is, hands down, the best thing that's ever happened to me. I feel like every year we grow closer together. I'm so proud to be with him and I can't wait to raise a family with him.

18. Meeting Steve was not an accident, as I thought he was cute when I worked the desk at his dorm and stalked him online. When he caught me I managed to convince him I didn't know who he was or how his name was on my Buddy List. I can't remember how long it was before I told him this but he found it amusing by then and not REALLY creepy.

19. I love trivia and board games and when I play them I’m competitive to an unhealthy degree. I particularly love the game Risk, but no one ever wants to play it with me. I also have a theory that everyone in the world gets together without me to play the game Apples to Apples as everyone I know has played it and I’ve never had the chance.

20. My ultimate gaming dream is to have a weekend-long, 39-hour game of Survivor with 15 of my friends. This WILL happen.

21. I’m particularly adept with computers and I really enjoy learning about science but never once considered majoring in anything that would make it easy for me to find a job. I can’t decide if that was a mistake or not.

22. I try to make it a policy not to hate anyone, but my landlord in Harlem was probably the worst person ever and it’s REALLY satisfying to hate him, even 2 years after I last saw him.

23. My most prominent memory from elementary school is of a friend of mine asking me to go sharpen his pencil for him because it broke after he had accidentally wet himself at his desk. I don’t think I will ever forget how mortified for him I was.

24. If I ever get a tattoo it will either be an argyle band around my ankle (like a permanent sock) or the Sigils of the Endless from The Sandman series.

25. Part of me secretly hopes for a Zombie Apocalypse because I think I’d be GREAT at leading a civilization under siege by the undead. I dream about this almost weekly.

26. I didn't realized this was going to be so effing long. I can talk about myself forever. As evidence... I even added a 26th thing about me.