Great idea for a thread, Dee!
My nickname is Quema34, with the “Quema” being Spanish for “he burns” in my case, referring to how I love to record and test media. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and hence, several of pictures of San Antonio will occasionally be posted in the “Post a Pic You Have Taken” thread. My background/culture is both Hispanic and American, as I was raised with both cultures (my grandmother was the one in the family who spoke Spanish and started teaching me Spanish, so I grew up learning both Spanish and English. However, if I had it my way, I’d throw English out and speak Spanish exclusively, as most of my dealings with others in Spanish have been nearly all positive, whereas I have had incredibly high numbers of negative treatments from people in English; while I know there is “honor” among a certain percentage of each population that speaks a certain language, in my experience there is much more “honor” in my Spanish experience. So the languages I am fluent in would be English, Spanish and “almost there” to 100% fluency in Brazilian Portuguese. I also have two different first names, but if you want to find out what those are and why I have them, that’s reserved only for those who get to know me better. (It also turns out a hobby of mine is researching the meaning of first and last names; I find people remarkably tend to act much like the meaning of their names.)
I do seem to have a talent for other languages also, and in spite of my experiences, I love learning about all aspects of languages, and I love to learn new words in any language (this way, no one could rightfully accuse me of being a “plonker,” although at times with my style of humor (plays on words), someone might say I’m “barking mad” jajajaja).
If someone is my friend, I will defend that person to my dying day, as I strongly believe in loyalty and friendship. However, that is never a blind loyalty, as I will find a way to even tell a friend if he/she does something that deserves bringing to his/her attention. While it is natural for me (like any human) not to like to be wrong, I do want to know if I have done something wrong or done it incorrectly, so I may do better in the future. However, I strive to do everything correctly and to the best of my ability always, as why bother doing something if it will not be with one’s best effort?
I love movies and shows that deal with themes like honor, friendship, sacrifice and culture (you may see a few of my movie reviews from time to time). Many of the movies I watch are either Spanish or foreign-language films, and some of those that deal with social themes or even interweave psychology and the “human condition” into them might be ones others would not like to see. I also greatly enjoy science fiction, albeit as it pertains to shows like Star Trek, while also encompassing ones like Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Babylon 5.
Other things I like: bowling, volleyball, softball, cycling, photography, calligraphy, Spanish guitar, electric guitar instrumentals… This is by no means an exhaustive list, although of the sports, bowling (10-pin) is the only sport I have talent in, and I have bowled since I was 8 (or for the last 27 years). I even have two bowling balls that speak Spanish. ROFL!!! But it’s true: one is a Storm “El NiÃ±o”: Wrath and the other is a Storm “La NiÃ±a.”