About Me: I'm stubborn, optimistic and a total goofball with a little bit of geek.
Movies: Star Wars, the Matrix, The Princess Bride, Pulp Fiction, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, Lord of the Rings, Watchmen, Sin City & Blade Runner (thanks to Harmonyssorrow for reminding me of those last two!)
TV Shows: Serenity, NCIS, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, NUMB3RS, Bones, House M.D., Gundam Wing, due South, She-Ra
Books, Comics and Graphic Novels: Maximum Ride 1 2 and 3
Eldest Son of the Mob
The Lightning Theif
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
Music: celtic, bluegrass, folk, new age, reggae, world music, classical
Hobbies: Yoga, reading, running, and of course gaming
Likes: 10. A hot shower.
9. A special glance.
8. Getting mail.
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
6. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
5. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
4. Hot towels out of the dryer.
3. Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.
2. Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price.
1. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
Dislikes: 10. Gaming/Electronic Mishaps - Small one really, but I really have to kick myself hard whenever I forget to save information and have to lose hours/heaps of progress made in videogames, and documents/design programs without auto-save features. I mean, who doesn't hate when this happens?
9. Foodie Gripes - I hate watered down drinks with kindergarten block-sized ice cubes that still have the nerve to cost $10-$15. I hate that the best foods in life aren't free, or fat-free. I hate when yummy things come in way-too-small packages, like why did Tim Horton's have to shrink their old fashioned sugar and other donuts? Charge more, don't reduce the size! I hate McDonald's food right before I eat it, and I hate that our closest McDonald's breakfast hours end at 10:30 AM on weekends. Most of all, I hate taking huge, horsey multi-vitamins or pills - I am a person, not an animal!
8. Craptastic Crap - I hate a. companies that make false, yet irritatingly clever advertising claims that convince easily excitable dummies like me into buying their crappy product before anyone else does; b. when the crap breaks right after I buy it; c. no refund policies for crap (what the eff, I don't abuse it!).
7. Female Stuff - I hate getting cramps that render me weakly operable only from the fetal position 6-9 hours or more out of each month, and I hate that I can't control when and how hard said cramps will hit me. I also hate that men never have to experience this pain, and I'm not convinced any man can truly feel sympathy cramps either.
6. Junk Mail - It pains me to see all the paper we get in the mail. No matter how many anti-junk mail lists I sign us up for, we get piles of local paper advertisements, sweepstakes offers and so forth. Our mailbox is pretty much an electronic pencil sharpener fed two to three entire trees each week! I like getting mail, don't get me wrong, but when it comes to junk mail, I'd much rather get e-spam.
5. Online Scrabble - I hate hardcore Scrabble cheater words like two-letter words, accepted foreign language words, Q without U words, and no vowel words. Unless you know all of the aforementioned tricks, and remember when to use them well, don't even bother playing random Scrabble matches online, because there are a surprising (and absolutely demoralizing) number of players out there who do.
4. Coupons - Internet printed coupons - no store accepts them. Mailed internet printed coupons - nobody takes these either. I never fail to feel stupid and cheap (and not in a good way) whenever I even dare to try to redeem electronic coupons. Hint hint to companies and marketing departments out there: a. store clerks and managers don't like coupons, especially e-coupons, and b. if you must go with coupon promotions, your average consumers, like me, want glossier and more convincing looking coupons (real coupons!) that we can actually get away with using in-stores.
3. Obligations, and the absolutely untaserable - I'm talking about bills, boring functions, relatives, godchildren, medical appointments, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, waking up in the mornings, doing stuff... At some defining moment when we were children, most of us learned and/or realized obligations must come with as we get older, but as my grandmother likes to say, "we sure as hell could live without 'em."
2. Wordy Woes - I hate being repeatedly asked, "are you okay?" when I am clearly sick, hung over and/or just having a really minor bad hair/face day. #2 becomes even more annoying when the incessant asker is the same person. On a cautionary tangent, online communication is definitely something worthy of a gripe as well. Without the right context, supportive aural tones or visual cues, emails and forum comments can warp into interpretational minefields far too easily. I'm human, so I will fail at times, but when my senses are intact, I do try to e-write with caution, wait up to 24 hours to respond after reading when possible, and live by either the popular commercial adage: "if [I] wouldn't say it in real life, don't say it online," or the old proverb: "if [I] can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." You don't have to, but you can too. Stop the hate before it even starts (or somebody gets hurt)!
1. People - Hating people on a top ten hate list is a given. I hate people who hate people. I hate people who hate on people. I hate group haters who rally others because they're afraid to hate alone. I hate people who don't pay for things. I hate people who missed getting tasered, and really, really deserved it too. Fortunately, unlike many of the other gripes, all is not lost for #1; there is a social counter to societal poison. Families and friends make invaluable 'antidotes' (unless, of course, they are the source of the problem to begin with, in which case you're screwed). We all have real lives, and we all have circumstances in our lives where we need our people to help us deal with other people, and there's no better place to get/reciprocate people-hating antidotal support than with the home folk we love and who know us best. [Bubbly Hearts Float Off the Page Here.]
Honorable Mention - Actor Oded Fehr's blazing white teeth in The Mummy. The character (whose name escapes me) he plays the leader of an ancient order dedicated to protecting local desert peace. He and his Bedouin warriors initially drop in to the story to mess things up a bit for the protagonists but eventually everyone predictably friends up in order to join forces against the titular mummy. In any case, Oded's handsome choppers are so incredibly, gleaming white, they distract in an LOL kind of way throughout the movie, seriously weakening his character cred for me as a true, nomadic desert dweller. Given the time period and isolated location the movie takes place in, Oded's smile could only be so white if it had been naturally sandblasted clean through decades of desert storms. Now, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry @ http://www.aacd.com, teeth whitening is the country's no. 1 cosmetic dental procedure and no doubt it is a standard practice in Hollywood; pearly whites are not only outward indicators of good health, youth and vitality, they're pretty to look at too. That said, overly dazzling, 21st-century dentition really has no place in period pieces, historical epics or wilderness stories, and most especially not in desert blockbusters.
Star Wars Roleplaying Games
Other Games I Play: Some board games and video games.
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