About Carl

I am a writer. I am always working on something, a blog post, an op-ed, a novel, a play, a screenplay but have more ideas than time and tend not to finish much. I know, I know, that says way too much about me.

The purpose of this blog is to give me a reason to write in the hopes that I will through repetition actually become a real writer. I tend to be all over the place in my interests and have problems getting focused on what needs to be done. My hope is that if I can create a habit of writing every day in this blog I will find myself finding time to finish my other writing projects.

That means that this blog will be a smorgasbord of my life and opinions and experiences. It will be a journal, a diary, an outlet for bits of fiction that do not have another home and who knows what else. I simply am going to write and write and then hopefully write some more here. Feel free to read but I can not promise how interesting it will be as my life is pretty boring these days.

A bit more about me. I am a big time movie buff, I especially love documentaries and I go to the theatre two or three times a week, often watching more than one movie in a visit. But I must say that TV, with shows such as Breaking Bad, The Wire, True Detective, The Walking Dead, Mr Robot, Modern Family and so forth and so on, is starting to become as interesting as film.

I also watch ungodly amounts of news and political shows. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, my all-time favorite, 60 Minutes, Frontline, Real Time with Bill Maher, 20/20, Anderson Cooper 360°, Nightline, Vice, Meet the Press, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Rachel Maddow Show, Face The Nation, Sunday Morning, This Week, SportsCenter, Dr. Drew On Call, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Sports Reporters, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Squawk Box, Outside The Lines, Charlie Rose, Red Eye, Morning Joe, Amanpour, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and I will always watch Keith Olberman wherever he goes and whether he is doing sports or politics. I love them all and wish I had the time to watch them all every day or every week.

I love to read and wish I had an extra life just to be able to read all the great books I will never have time for in this one life. My favorite time and place to read? When I travel on public transportation, I love taking the subway and riding on buses around town, its great people watching and its my time to read.

I love photography but have been in the beginners learning stage for most of my life which basically means I never make the time. With that said I walk around this world and constantly see life in pictures. I always tell myself that I need to carry a camera with me at all times but rarely do.

I love to travel but have not done much of it lately. I plan to travel more in the future and would be entirely happy living the rest of my life on the road.

I am a cultural voyeur, in addition to movies and TV, I love museums, art galleries, live theatre, comedy shows, concerts, sports events and sometimes just sitting somewhere and watching the drama and comedy of real life unfold in front of me.

I invest in the stock market so that is another giant suck of my time as I do love to watch financial TV shows and read everything I can get my hands on trying to find that next hot stock before everyone else finds it.

I am also a ticket scalper. What can I say, I love the hustle, and at this point in my life it is my starving artist job (though, to be honest, I am not starving, financial security is a wonderful thing). Its a job that goes hand in hand with my love of writing, travel, photography and going to cultural events but, never ever forget, I simply love the hustle.

Last but not least, The Consummate Loner, what exactly does that mean?

Yes, I am a loner but I do believe that I do it well. I stay busy and have many interests and though I can be quite charming in small doses, I have to admit that I am simply not that great with people on a long term basis. I am not sure I know how relationships work on a long time basis, it is something I have never experienced.

I was born an only child and had very old parents and without getting in to all the boring details I was basically on my own at a very early age. I simply had so much responsibility and with little family support being a loner was pretty much my destiny.

It does not mean I have no friends, in fact, I can look at any rough part of my life, and I have had my fair share, friends were essential to my survival. It also does not mean I do not like people or do not enjoy my time with people, it simply means I have so many interests and hobbies that I tend to prioritize them over people unless someone really needs my time, support or attention and that rarely happens.

Despite being a loner, I am actually the annoying person that tries to speak with or at least acknowledge every person I encounter. A smile, a little respect, a bit of conversation, or maybe even a joke may not make everyone like you but you will find that you enjoy your day that much more.

Being a loner does mean that I always do exactly what I want without the fear of doing it alone which cripples many people from doing what they want to in their lives. I actually believe my life is more interesting and exciting as a loner as I am always open to new experiences and new adventures without having to compromise with another person or their schedule. At least that is my story and I am sticking to it.

Bottom line, whether you are a loner or a social butterfly, you only live once, so be nice to people, enjoy life and be happy, at least try and be happy, and never, ever, worry about what anyone else thinks or says about you. Its their problem, not yours.

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