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Occams Thoughts: 10 Things About Me

Top ten lists are a lot of fun. �Its a great chance to get to know the community and present yourself a bit. �You can let down your guard and get some community love and return the love in quick, urgent thrusts. �So here are ten things about me. �I hope you enjoy them. �

I work in an art gallery.

My background is in Library Science with a focus on Archives but life led me to working in an art gallery.� I was originally hired to curate an exhibit on the history of comic books.� That job turned into some cataloging work which then turned into me being hired full time as the Collection Manager and Registrar for the gallery.� It�s a job I love.� Working with art, installing exhibits and watching people come in the gallery and take in what they see is the best way I know how to spend my time and make money doing it.

My favorite movie of all time is The Dark Crystal.

Oh this movie.� My mother told me once that there was a period when I was a child that I watched this every day.� It was in my staple of sick day movies along with Flight of the Navigator, Big Trouble in Little China and Police Academy 3: Back in Training.� I watched this movie on lonely Saturday nights in high school when I felt like I�d never be ok.� This movie helped me see the beauty and kindness that exists in all people.� For me, it�s a work of art.� A masterpiece.� It�s my home away from home.� Even today, I will go to the swamps of this movie in my mind to escape my troubles.� It�s effect on me is profound and will resonate throughout my life.

When I get old I plan to be a mall walker.

So, I have a thing about malls.� I love them. �I love walking around malls.� The sights, the sounds, the smells, it�s magical for me.� I was a teenager in the 90�s when mall culture was still quite en vogue but fading slightly as coffee shops and the internet became more of a thing.� Those times are long past but I still love walking around a mall people watching.� I walk around and see the guy wearing a Staind hoodie with a neon yellow plastic chain wallet holding hands with his girlfriend who has a homemade juggalette neck tattoo and Jack Skellington booty shorts and I smile inwardly because that is a real human moment and I love it.

I hope that malls exist in some form of another when I�m an old man so that I can wander around and smile at all the myriad of strange and lovely folk.

I collect art prints.

I figured out one day that I have a visual mind when I started to give someone directions and realized I was having difficulty because it was all pictures in my mind.� It explains a lot about me though.� It�s why I�m good with faces and not names and why I am drawn to the arts field.� A few years ago a buddy of mine told me about Mondo Gallery out in Austin.� They exhibit and sell art prints from crazy talented folks like Olly Moss, Randy Ortiz and Mike Mitchell.� The art is usually based on some element of popular culture.� Movies, music, comic books, etc.� I started to look into their exhibits and found there was an entire culture of folks who buy and sell these prints from galleries all over the world.� A year later and I have around two dozen prints in a nice portfolio file.� I am currently working on developing an exhibit in the gallery where I work to showcase these fantastic works of art.

Ups and Downs

I�ve struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my teenage and adult life.� Being quiet and introspective has meant that I�ve spent (and spend) most of my time in my head.� Lord knows I�m better than I used to be but it�s still something I struggle with sometimes.� I have had too many moments where I wanted to join an Xbox Live party of Dtoiders or answer a friend�s phone call but it felt too damn difficult to.� At that point, I usually just put on a movie and lay on the couch.� Depression and anxiety isn�t something that just goes away, at least not for me but there are healthy ways to manage and coping mechanisms that aren�t self-destructive.� So yeah, ups and downs but I try to be the best Occams I know how to be.

I have three heroes: Henry Rollins, John Candy and my dad.

In my late teens, I was introduced to Black Flag.� Loved the music and became very interested in the former front man Henry Rollins.� I picked up some of his books and spoken word albums and really got into what I read.� I have had the pleasure of seeing him speak a few times and talked to him after.� We discussed our favorite Jimi Hendrix songs and workout tips.� It was one of the prouder moments of my life. He wrote something called I Know You which socked me right in the stomach the first time I heard it and made me realize this was a person I could listen to and have faith in their words.�

John Candy is the first person I ever saw on the tv screen that I knew I could trust completely.� He was funny and kind and silly but also fought for the people he cared for and defended them fiercely.� For your approval: Melanoma Head.

My dad turned seventy-nine in March.� He�s a retired insurance broker.� He�s the kindest, most noble man I have ever known.� Growing up, everyone thought he was my grandfather.� When he was a teenager, he and his friends called masturbation, �tossing off�. �He was a young man in Memphis during the Civil Rights movement.� He remembers the radio the way most of us remember VCR�s.� He was acquaintances with a young Elvis Presley. �He saw Seven Samurai in Japan in the theater when it had just came out.� If I grow up to be half as wise and clever and compassionate as my dad then I will feel content with my life.

Creeks are awesome.

I�m not a big nature guy.� It�s gorgeous and breathtaking but it�s also hot and there are bugs and probably bears somewhere nearby.� But despite my proclivity to stay indoors and play video games and read comics, I�m a sucker for a nice creek.� There�s something so serene about the quiet churning of the water and the sunlight reflecting off slick rocks.� Maybe a fish swims by.� Perhaps a Dragonfly buzzes around the surface looking for a meal.� If Heaven exists and it�s an awesome place, there better be a section dedicated just to creeks.�

I quit smoking in November.

I have been an off and on smoker for right around ten years.� It�s a habit I picked up in college and would put down every once in a while but eventually come back to it due to any number or reasons.� Here�s the thing about smoking that I found out.� It�s fun and really pleasurable in your 20�s.� You can smoke and doesn�t seem to affect you.� Smoking in your 30�s, turns out is fucking awful.� Your chest hurts.� Your throat hurts.� You get sick more often.� Your clothes smell.� �That glamour is gone.� Sure, I miss it.� There are few things more relaxing to me mentally and physically then smoking a cigarette on a cold night when the sky is clear and you can see the stars.� But I don�t want to keep feeling like crap.� My lack of exercise of steady level of stress is seeing to that just fine.� So I quit smoking and I miss it and I probably will for a very long time but I�m glad that I did.

In my teens I owned and proudly wore a Staind hoodie.

It was a simpler time, ok?� Things weren�t as complicated.� Feelings and emotions were more blunted.� Words meant less to me then.� There wasn�t internet porn so you�d have to jack off to scrambled porn. �It�s all fuzzy blurs and gasping noises until the outline of a boob came through and suddenly God�s pearl lightning shot through you and you have to flip the covers because you forgot to grab a t-shirt.

Andy Dixon swallows.


- Sent from my Lisa Frank Dungeon

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About Occamsone of us since 7:53 PM on 02.11.2009

I am a Community Moderator for Destructoid. I am also the resident Resplendent Black Grandmother. My mind is broken glass and my heart is swollen and corpulent, like a cheeto left in a puddle of Diet Coke.

Well that certainly sounded dramatic.

LOL Andy was here LOL
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