Seeking Snail Mail Penpals!
Birthday: 21 April, 1991
Religion: If I believed in God and organized religion, I would put Bahai'i faith here. Since I don't know if I believe in God and I'm no huge fan of organized religion, I guess the technical term is agnostic.
Location: Bremen, Germany/ Soon to be North Carolina, USA
Occupation: Student, but soon-to-be university dropout. Or, to put it nicely, "soon to be taking an indefinite break from higher education."
Language: English, some Spanish
Tattoos/Piercings: Ears pierced once. Is this important? Is anyone really choosing penpals based on their tattoos and piercings? I'd also like to get a tattoo someday, if I ever figure out what's important enough to me to have permanently inked on my skin.
About me/Interests: I graduated from high school a year ago, and have spent much of the past year studying International Politics and History at a university in Bremen, Germany. However, instead of staying to finish my degree, I'm returning home in a couple of weeks, to North Carolina, where I will no longer be a student. I need to figure out my life outside the context of school. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I can elaborate on those in letters. I don't really know where life will take me next; I have a few ideas, but nothing's for sure.
As for my interests, well, I love lots of things. I love letters, nature, animals (I'm a vegetarian), good conversation, books, history, cultures, politics, big cities, public transportation, listening to music, discovering new music, singing tunelessly in the privacy of my own room, discussing religion, mythology, fairy tales, fountain pens, summertime, sunshine, photography, writing, traveling, languages, art, spontaneity, journalism, anthropology, philosophy, geology, spending time with my friends, family & pets, colors, adventure, geography, blank notebooks, making mix CDs, painting, exploring, diet coke, flowers, learning, and Mexican food. Among other things.
I'm afraid of pigeons and needles. I dislike regular coke, living in a dorm, cucumbers, my next-door-neighbor here in Germany, my ninth grade science teacher, Dick Cheney, education (not to be confused with learning!), and NASCAR.
I left out all the ideological stuff. I mean, obviously I'm a fan of human rights and I dislike bigotry. I've seen stuff like that included on some profiles, but I think it mostly goes without saying, yeah?
I also tend to ramble on a lot about nonsense. The physics of flattening coins on railroad tracks, the time I went to Amsterdam on a super sketchy bus, the best theme for a mix CD, my opinion of Obama's new supreme court nominee, Elena Kagan. Ask me about any of that, and more, I'll talk about anything. Too much probably. I have been told I talk too much.
Oh, and instead of being restricted to livejournal's communication systems, you can email me if you want, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music: I have kind of random and ever-changing taste in music. About once a week, I make a playlist of about 50 songs that I listen to until I make the next one. I save them by the date and like seeing what I was into at certain points in time. This week's playlist includes Wintersleep, Parachute, Lady Gaga, Band of Horses, MGMT, Pinback, The White Stripes, Juanes, Tegan & Sara, Francisca Valenzuela, A Fine Frenzy, Bush, Four Star Mary, Dispatch, the Dandy Warhols, Dayplayer, The Veronicas, Dashboard Prophets, Fall Out Boy, Delasonica, Modwheelmood, Weezer, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Sia, The Script, and Jack's Mannequin, among others. Make of that what you will.
TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bones, Veronica Mars, Joan of Arcadia, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Angel, Firefly, Boy Meets World, Fringe, Supernatural, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, House, Pushing Daisies, White Collar, and Gilmore Girls.
Movies: (500) Days of Summer, Juno, Saved!, New York I Love You, Stardust, Whip It, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Crazy/Beautiful, August Rush, Josie and the Pussycats, Rent, Little Miss Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, PS I Love You, The Princess Bride, Empire Records, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Serenity.
Books: Ender's Game, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harry Potter, anything by John Green, Gingerbread trilogy by Rachel Cohn, anything by Scott Westerfeld, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Ophelia by Lisa Klein, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, anything by Maureen Johnson, anything by Diana Peterfreund, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and the Animorphs series. Yes, I know the last one is mostly for ten year olds, but good books know no age limits! I sincerely believe this. I also read non-fiction, about the topics I've listed as interests, but I guess that mostly goes without saying.
I have this tendency to hate the main characters of most of the books/movies/television series that I love. I don't know why. My least favorite fictional characters are Harry Potter and Ted from HIMYM. I wish Harry had died in the end, and stayed that way. Everyone would have been better off. I love Fred and George. Couldn't we have traded Harry for Fred? Actually, I'd have traded pretty much any character but George for Fred. Oh, and Frodo, I hate Frodo, but who doesn't?
(See above re: rambling on about nonsense.)
How many penpals do you have? Several.
How many do you want? Lots!
Do you want email pals? Not really, not right now. Emails tend to get lost in my inbox. I want to write letters!
Do you want snail-mail pen pals? Yes!
How long are your letters? It depends. If you ask me to write the first letter, that will probably be about 1.5-2 sides of A4 paper. But, generally, I'll write a similar length to whatever you write. If you write six pages, you will probably get about six pages in return! Also, letters generally get longer as the conversation progresses, I think. I just suck at first letters.
Do you hand-write or type? I handwrite. If you're going to type, why isn't it an email?
How long does it take you to reply to a letter? It really depends on my life situation at the moment. Sometimes, a day. Sometimes, a month. Generally not longer than that, average is probably about 4-5 days.
Would you like your penpal to be male or female? Any gender is fine. And this is kind of a silly question, because not everyone fits one or the other of these.
Age: I'm going to leave that pretty much up to you. I mean, if you're twelve, or if you're forty, we probably won't have loads in common, but really it's more about personalities and life stages and whatever, than age. Mostly, I'd say between 15 and 30, but there could be exceptions. You decide.