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A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Your mission, should you choose to accept it...
I've decided it's time for some changes, and since I'm afeared of such things, I'm going to start small. The target is my lj user profile. While it's clear that 'a 34 year old boy' will no longer serve, what's not so clear is what to replace it with. This is where you come in.

Tell me something you know or that strikes you about me. Ask a hard question or two. Drop ideas about how that space might be structured in terms of style or arrangement. Post an interesting link. I'm looking less for Friendster-esque testimonials than for things that might inspire me, maybe even push my limits a little.
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technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: January 27th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Artist, soul of an angel, AMAZING person.
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
... and I even like animals. ;P

Can I just say how wigged out I am at not being in the studio right now? I've been consoling myself with cheese.

Mmmm. Delicious cheese.
technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: January 27th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
My dad brought me some 9 year old cheddar from Wisconsin. I haven't opened it yet. Mmmmm...
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure that I'm going to try my hand at making cheese pretty soon. Just need to get a line on a dependable mini-fridge since I don't have a proper cave for aging.

Oh, and color me jealous. ;P
haloedone From: haloedone Date: January 27th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
The word that first came to my mind was 'Seeker'. 'Potter' also came swiftly on its heels.

I'm not good on the structure/style, but I'm sure others will be able to assist there.

I'll add more if/as I think of it.
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seeker brings to mind the Fool of the Tarot. Enraptured by the sun, and about to step off into the void of possibilities. The beginner's mind and all.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with potter yet. I think I've a little ways to go before I'll feel I can legitimately claim the term. Let me get past my fear of glazes first. I need to learn to trust the fire. I also need to get into a studio that won't toss me to the streets once eight weeks are up.

Free associate if you like. The ideas will shape themselves around dialogue.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: January 27th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Try some 'free writing'.

Think about the things that make you happy, and just write down whatever comes into your head about it. It doesn't even have to make sense, just write it down.

And then tell people that you're constantly looking for new ways to get TOURISTED!
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would so much prefer having TACOS to being TOURISTED again. It felt so much better patronizing the Navajo Trading Post than the monstrosity in OK. I mean seriously.

I may do what you're suggesting. The mind has been awash lately, though, and it's been hard to focus on anything that isn't just a harsh critique for too long. Sometimes I do think too much.

In the meantime, however, I give you Le site officiel du Front de Libération des Nains de Jardins
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 27th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having never seen a "Friendster" testimonial, forgive me if I sound too much like one.

Things that strike me about you: You have a great appreciation for the arts/an artistic sensibility. You're very charming. You take great pleasure in doing things for friends.

Hard questions: What do you see as your best qualities? What are your worst? What's your biggest fear? What's your greatest hope?
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps it is time to create a crack team of aesthetic commandos.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 27th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you've been beaten to the punch there: Have you seen Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have, and other 'reality' shows like it, and I have to say that I'm not overly impressed with the choices that they make. I also take issue with the idea that one who is gay is somehow the superior aesthete. It just perpetuates stereotypes about men, both gay and straight, that aren't terribly flattering.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 28th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't always agree with them, either, I was just taking off on your notion of "aesthetic commandos."

I also agree with the folks who've said you should i.d. yourself as a potter. You may not be a master, yet, but potting is within your soul.
komos From: komos Date: January 28th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It will happen when the time is right.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: January 27th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
a zen like potter analogy
komos From: komos Date: January 27th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I can count more times that I've felt that kind of peace while working with clay than with most anything else.

I'll have to think on this. Thanks.
schmi From: schmi Date: January 28th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I can't comment on this because I still don't know too much about you, except for the fact that you learn pottery and like Star Wars.
komos From: komos Date: January 28th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but you already have. ^_^

Truth be known, I am a terribly private person. A great deal of what's going on with me is censored long before it sees this space. Heck, a lot of what sees this space is rigorously tested to determine its suitability for an audience.

This is all very frustrating.

Let me ask another way, then... if you could name something you would like to know about me, or at least are curious about, what would it be?
schmi From: schmi Date: January 28th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's easier. Hmm.. I know next to nothing about you, so I guess I would like to know a bit more of your life so I could relate to you more. I guess that's a hard question to answer though!
komos From: komos Date: January 29th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Teasers

When I went to nursery school, I was teased out of my native language because I really didn't understand English.

I nearly drowned twice before the age of five.

My first sexual experience was awkward, clumsy, and not terribly satisfying.

My parents divorced when I was thirteen, and my initial response was being pleased that my father was moving out of the house.

I used to talk to Orion (the constellation) as a way to get my head straight.

I love that in Tuscon, AZ, there are restaurants where you can dine while watching javelina.

I once stood about 6 feet away from a full grown bull moose.
schmi From: schmi Date: February 3rd, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Teasers

What was your native language? :)

And at the risk of sounding ignorant, what's javelina?
komos From: komos Date: February 4th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Teasers

I grew up speaking Maine gutter-French. It's all but gone now.

Javelina are bush pigs native to South America which migrated north. They've become pretty common in some parts of the American southwest.
schmi From: schmi Date: February 4th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Teasers

Are ou originally French then?
komos From: komos Date: February 5th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Teasers

Heh... still am, really.

Seriously, though, I'm a second generation Quebecois transplant. The spoken word came from having grown up in a pocket French-Canadian community that has all but disolved at this point.
macthud From: macthud Date: January 28th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
evil twin to many

namer of reincarnated priest dogs

confounder

seeker of pots

potter of truths
(long practice is not required to be something -- only that you do it)
komos From: komos Date: January 29th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but you forget, I'm not actually potting right now. It's been a month since I was last in the studio.

And honestly, am I that difficult to understand?
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