Hi there Wonderful Listeners!
Today is another reveal. Today, you have gained another opportunity to collect a piece of me, Carlos a.k.a. the Pineapple. The last piece you collected was my voice, that thing that gives sound to silent words. Today, you can collect some background information; i.e. characteristics of my character.
Now, I have many ways I could go about this. I have many extents to which I can reveal my character/personality, for I could be explicit or shallow. But, if you know anything about me, you know that I prefer to be explicit when appropriate. Yes.
I thought the best way to reveal my personality would be to answer some survey questions. I pulled 20 questions together from multiple websites and blogs because I thought they might do a good job of helping to reveal who I am. I suppose you could consider this a Q&A but it’s going to be a bit more fulfilling than just blindly answering questions.
Now, let’s get down to business shall we? These questions aren’t going to answer themselves after all!
- What is your best childhood memory?
- Hmm… That’s a difficult one. I can’t really say for sure what my best childhood memory is. The reason for that being because when I recall most of my childhood, it is filled with the moments of negativity. Surprisingly, according to other sources (like parents and friends) I was quite a happy and positive child. But I don’t really remember that. I remember all the moments where I wasn’t happy per se.
- I suppose to answer the question, my “best” childhood memory might be meeting my first best friend, Spencer. Recalling all that I can remember, no memory sticks out as honest and true as meeting him. Don’t misunderstand me. There are other memories but some of them I have questioned the truthfulness of. And I’m basing this memory off of those created before age 12 (where I consider childhood to end.)
- Now, let me tell you why I choose this one specifically. It was the moment in which I began to truly relate to someone my age. I felt like one of the others, so to speak, and above all, it marked the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship (one that stood above the others.) It has the happiest feeling for me, so I choose this one.
- If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
- Ah. Well, this question is one that is both easy and hard to answer. I personally wouldn’t want a do-over because my past actions have made me who I am. If it were not for the hardships and triumphs, I wouldn’t be the same person.
- Now, if I had to do something over, I would choose, probably, to spend more time with my dad just hanging out. It’s not something we really do now or did much of in the past. I really can only remember one instance in childhood where he spent time with me just to grow closer; it was when I received my first gaming console, the Nintendo 64, and we played Ready To Rumble Boxing. That seems like such a fleeting dream but I will forever remember it.
- What do you feel most proud of?
- That’s rather difficult to answer. I don’t really think about pride as most people do. In fact, pride is something I genuinely try to avoid. I’d rather be humble about most things if I could help it. But for the sake of the question, I will try to think of the thing above all things.
- I believe I may be most proud of my growth as a human being. Considering my history, I know that I haven’t always been charismatic about life and so carefree. In fact, for a very long time, I was quite cynical and reserved (and probably delusional) in life. I did a 180º so to speak. Now that I’m older, I’m glad that I have evolved to a point where I’m ready to experience life. I’m glad that I’m not who I was five years ago. I’m proud of myself for becoming a better version of myself.
- What is your favorite music?
- My favorite music… Well, I guess I’d say alternative rock. It’s so funny when I think about how I’ve changed; if you asked me this four years ago, I wouldn’t have said this answer, specifically because I had an illogical distaste for the genre.
- Music, any of it that can get to my soul, will be my favorite. I also love to listen to Lo-Fi, Shoegazing, and other melodious tunes.
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
- At the current moment, I’d love to visit Europe. I’d like to just backpack across Europe because it’s foreign to me. Granted, so is the rest of the Eastern Hemisphere but I’d like to visit Europe.
- I think I’d be most excited to get away from American culture and experience the United Kingdom because of their culture and accents. I really do adore the accents from the United Kingdom. I don’t know much about it but from what I’ve heard, it’s a lovely time.
- If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be?
- The first would be my camera and its equipment (they all go together so I’m grouping them.) Oh, that thing is my lifeline sometimes. It keeps me sane and it just really lets me loose when I need it so badly. Plus, I just love cameras. They are wonderful creations.
- The second would be my personal journals most likely. I need a place to write my thoughts. You know this already (it’s even in my tagline.) I would probably go insane if I didn’t have a journal to keep myself writing.
- The third would be my artwork. While I can easily move forward and continue to create more art, it is important to look back at what you’ve created as an artist and track your progress. Plus, it’s hard to say good-bye to your children sometimes.
- The fourth would be (this is getting hard now…) probably my laptop. I do everything on that thing: watch videos, write, create and edit artwork, do budgeting, keep in contact with people, etc. Gosh, I really do depend on my laptop for quite a number of things. Although, I’m more interested in keeping what’s saved on my laptop than the laptop itself.
- The fifth and final, I’m going to say is my bank account. I’m not so concerned with the money but I do understand that having some place to hold and manage my money is impeccable. So, a bank account is quite useful to keep.
- What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?
- Now this is an interesting question because I find that the answer continues to change. Since I am still in school, it would be foolish to declare a winner at the moment. Rather, to answer this question, I’m going to list the teachers who have made powerful impacts on me and why.
- One is Toni Salinas. He was my photography teacher senior year of high school. He really didn’t teach much photography as he did philosophy. Often times, I would come to class not expecting to work on photos but to talk about life. Talking about life was actually important in influencing and understanding my artistic visions. I really remember him because he made class more fruitful than it should’ve been.
- Another is Suzanne Martin & Jay Asterman. I group these two together because they came in a pair naturally. They were my theater teachers in high school. If it were not for the efforts of these two, I don’t believe I would have been as much of a risk taker as I am now (which is a fair amount.) I also would not have figured out how much I love acting and expressing myself through body movements, facial expressions, and demeanor.
- Another would be Sheila Richards. I simply must give credit to this lovely lady. She was my senior year English teacher in high school. She really fostered a love for literature into my soul, not just reading (which I am better at doing nowadays) but also writing. Her class was so full of writing (especially personal writing) that I began to cultivate my writing passions even further. I really began to delve heavily into poetic forms and archival efforts. She even helped me put together a small collection of poems for a competition which I shall never forget. She did do an awful lot for me and I am thankful for her.
- The last would be Burt Pritzker. I am currently taking him for a darkroom class and I absolutely love him. He is currently the most influential person in my life at the moment. The way he can discuss photography, art, and above all philosophy is just mind-boggling. He really can revamp the life into you and your artistic vision. At the same time, he can suck it out of you too (but with good intentions for it.) He’s a character but he’s a great one.
- What do you want your tombstone to say?
- Although this question is inherently grave, I’ll take a slab at it (uh, I mean stab.)
- My tombstone might say something along these lines: “Here lies Carlos, a man of virtue and tenacity but above all, love. His spirit continues to resonate in the hearts of all whom he’s touched. And he’s probably laughing his way to the heavenly gates.”
- Now that’s a very rough work in progress. I can’t say how the final inscription might read. My mind is far too spontaneous to settle right now.
- How do you spend your free time?
- Umm… Well, I do a lot of things in my spare time. One thing I love to do is play video games. I find them to be stress-relieving and relaxing. I can be trapped in them for hours, and enjoy myself the entire time. Removing yourself from one world and putting it into another just changes you in a special way.
- I also sometimes make art in my spare time. You know, you’d think I’d be making art all the time but not really. I do that more so now since that’s what my life is becoming but I don’t have a habit of it quite yet.
- I love to spend time with friends too. If you’ve read some of my old posts, you already know how I feel about friends and how important they are to me. Honestly, I’d prefer to spend most of my time with them although everyone has their own schedules; often though, mine matches theirs.
- When I’m not doing any of the above, I find myself watching lots of Youtube. It’s literally my TV. I don’t even watch TV anymore because I’ve subscribed to an internet culture of video content creators. I know that there are many good shows on TV, it’s just about finding them. Still, I find it hard to sit down and simply watch TV or even Netflix. I just have a hard time doing it.
- If I’m not watching Youtube, I’m probably out going for a walk in the woods. I have this weird connection to nature that I can’t explain. It’s like it gets me without us having to exchange any words. I can really be myself when I’m alone with the natural world and just exist and enjoy existing.
- If you won the lottery, what would you do?
- I’d probably pay off my college debts and then charity away the rest of the money. College is expensive but that’s just a reality. Not having to worry about my finances would be heaven but outside of that, I’d be giving with that money.
- I’d be thinking of ways to efficiently use that money to better someone’s life. After all, it’s already a blessing that I’ve gotten loads of money so why not share the wealth?
- Who do you admire most in life?
- I don’t think I can say a specific person for this question. In fact, I admire anyone who inspires me to be better in my life. I mean, people I have admired come and go; some whom I did admire, I no longer do. It all just depends.
- Even in this current moment, I cannot think of a single person whom I admire most. Not even my parents (because my opinion towards them has shifted quite a bit.)
- What are your top three favorite books/book series and why?
- The first one is easily the Magic Thief series. I absolutely loved reading that work of fiction as a child and I still like going back to read it. There’s something magical but optimistic about the work. It’s an underdog story but one that acknowledges the negativity in life.
- The second is a book called Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. It’s a work of autobiography but it’s told in a clever and captivating way. The story is so interesting and it’s told in a very stream-of-consciousness manner. I think very much like how the book reads so I really identify with this work.
- The last would be Messages from the Afterlife: A Bereaved Father’s Journey in the World of Spirit Visitations, Psychic-Mediums, and Synchronicity by Mark Ireland. This work of non-fiction was so captivating and it opened my view of the world. It really helped solidify my belief in metaphysical existences. Either way, it was a brilliant read that I highly recommend.
- What are you most afraid of?
- Simple, being alone. I despise being alone, without anyone to run to or call on when my heart grows heavy. I am not saying that I can’t stand on my own two feet; I am saying that I prefer to be standing alongside those I care about.
- I’ve thought about this question often and I still reach the same conclusion. While facing phobias and staring world issues in the eye can be crippling, nothing is more crippling to me than to know I have no one there for me. I fundamentally cannot function efficiently without loved ones (a reversal of my past.)
- What feels like love to you?
- It’s easiest to answer this question with a stream-of-consciousness response.
- I think it feels like a warm sensation in your body. It feels like not wanting to leave someone’s side and instead just enjoying their full company. I think it feels like being happy for yourself but more so for another person. For me, it feels like life is complete and content; it feels like I don’t want anything else because I have all I need.
- It feels like I become a better human being. It feels like euphoria. It feels like commitment to a great process. It feels like my soul has been lit ablaze with passion and intimacy. For lack of better words, it feels like… well, love. It’s one-of-a-kind and addicting.
- What is your strongest personal quality?
- Not to sound vain, but I think my best quality is my ability to love. Past my humor, past my art, past my social affinity, past all other things, I think my ability to love someone else is pretty strong.
- Everyone has this quality to a degree. Everyone can love another. Still, my version of showing love is quite apparent. Whenever I say I love you to someone else, they already know it. That’s because I subconsciously make it apparent that I really do love them. And we all know that those we love, we go the distance for; well, I have that quality probably to a fault.
- What age do you feel right now and why?
- Right now I feel my age. I feel like 20 and like my life is a whirlwind (like 20 usually is.) While I feel a bit more alive than I have before in life, I know that there are many things I don’t know and that life is overwhelming when you don’t know things. So, fittingly, I feel 20 years old, rambunctious and momentous.
- If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?
- That’s a hard one. I mean, I can choose any event in existence. The only thing that comes to mind is the creation of all. However the universe began, I would love to see that process.
- I could’ve chosen an actual event like something that’s documented with facts but I wasn’t interested in anything like that. I’d rather see something that happened before documentation or has yet to happen. That’s much more interesting.
- What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
- I would love to learn how to dance in multiple styles. Now, I’ll let it be known that I love to shake a tail-feather on the dance floor. If my song comes on, best believe I’m gonna be dancing to it.
- But anyone can dance really. I dance freestyle most of the time and that’s because I don’t really know any structured dancing (waltz, two-step, salsa, tango, ballet, etc.) I would love to work on this. I’ve dreamed for a while now about being good at salsa dancing. I would just scream with excitement if I had the time to really learn how to dance. It’s on my list of things to accomplish and I will complete it someday.
- How would your friends describe you?
- Hmm, well the easiest thing to do is to say what they say. They say I’m one of the most loving people they know. They say I’m their best friend and that they can depend on me. They’ve said that I’m a blessing. They say that I’m loud, charismatic and a character. They say that they want to hang out more with me. They say that they can be themselves around me. They say that I’m creative. They say I’m crazy.
- My friends say a lot of things about me. All of it is usually good.
- What does a perfect day look like to you?
- Here’s how it would go. I wake up around 9 AM and take a nice warm shower (because I prefer warm to hot actually.) After that, I get ready for my day, y’know brush my teeth, brush my hair, all that jazz.
- Then, I’d go and make breakfast. I’d have a cup of Earl Grey tea steeped for 4 minutes with three teaspoons of honey, 4 strips of bacon, 2 pieces of toast (one with jelly/jam and one with honey), a small bowl of grits made with butter and cheese, and 3 eggs scrambled. I’d sit at the table and bless my food and take approximately 15-20 minutes to eat it all so I can really enjoy my food.
- Then I’d go for a short 20 minute walk around my neighborhood, just to walk off breakfast and get some fresh air. After I come back, it might be 11 AM or something like that. Then I’d go and meet up with my friends as we go out somewhere to enjoy ourselves (somewhere that’s not the bowling alley or their houses.) We’d spend the day together until about 5 PM and then I’d come back home.
- Maybe I’d go out for a quick shoot with my camera just to see what I find. Otherwise, I’d go chill on my sofa and watch my Youtube shows for about 2 hours. Then I’d go cook dinner. Hopefully, if one of my friends had time, I’d invite them over for dinner and we’d play a few games after eating together.
- After that, I’d just chill in my house, listening to music for a bit and then get ready for bed. I’d maybe read for a little if I’m into a book at the time. I’d also take a few moments to write some notes out for my blog.
- That’s a rough idea of a perfect day. It could change in the future but right now, that sounds pretty good.
Wow. Who’d have thought these answers would come about? That was quite a lot to take in honestly. Well, I do hope you enjoyed claiming another piece of me. My character is one that can be assimilated through explanation but not so easily said flat out.
If you enjoyed that piece of me, be sure to stick around next week to claim another piece. The next one will be a bit more direct. It’ll be a piece that speaks clear as day (just to give you a hint.)
Anyways, that’s all for now. As always, until next time, cheers!