I’m really not bubbly enough to use exclamation marks back-to-back like that, but the idea of somebody actually taking the time to read my bio-page is so implausible, that even a sarcastic and surly guy like me can get excited about that!
Surly or not, though, I try my best to enjoy life to the fullest. Pessimism never really was for me. Growing up, I always thought that I’d get the girl, become the captain of the football team and get in the college of my dreams. Not to give any credence to that crap that “The Secret” feeds you, but it turns out that believing in all of that (and a lot of luck along the way) helped me achieve many of my childhood dreams—albeit, not without a lot of bumps and bruises along the way.
Born in 1984, it suffices to say, that I have a long way to go before I ever achieve all of my dreams, and being the tremendous dreamer that I am, even an optimist like myself doubts I will ever achieve all of my hopes and wishes. In fact, I know I won’t. I have far too many dreams, and despite my more fortunate opportunities, the worst of luck. My kind of luck is the kind that gives you the winner lottery numbers–the day after they won. And despite my best efforts, I tend to learn my lessons the hard way.
But in the grand scheme of things in this world, I have been fortunate. I’ve traveled a little bit, had an “aggressive” time in college, and I feel as if I am well on my way to achieving the goals I have set forth for myself. What are those goals? Well, far too many to talk about in this post, but I can give you a few of them, and just maybe you will get a glimpse of who I am and what I want to be.
For starters, I have a huge love for media, creating content and telling stories. I don’t know exactly when this love for media and entertainment was born, but it certainly goes a long way back. When I was young, I loved to write. I even wrote a spin-off of a Batman novel when I was in 3rd grade. I wrote it on my family’s brand new “word processor,” which had a gold and black screen. Needless to say, that device didn’t exactly have a floppy drive, and I’ve been trying to hunt down my first work for years now. Of course, writing that spin-off turned into writing another novel, and then a period piece, and then a collection of poems. All this before 18. Don’t be impressed though. None of it was published. I always wanted to, but I decided it would be best to fine-tune my craft. I’m still fine-tuning, but I will get there one day!
In conjunction with my love of media and entertainment, I love sports. I played sports throughout my childhood—and I played just about everything. The only thing I didn’t get a chance to play was baseball, which I always regret. While I mean no disrespect to baseball players, because I probably can’t hit a fastball 2 inches past my feet, but when you’re talking about a sport with guaranteed contracts that is devoid of an athleticism requirement, that’s a sport I wish I had been groomed for. I also should have gone further with soccer. From ages 6 to 15, I was the best soccer player my age at the highest levels of youth sport. However, when I moved from the East Coast to Texas, football became my primary sport, and while I played other sports too, football ultimately became the lone star in my eyes. It’s a shame, too. As much as I love football and loved playing it in college, I could have been one hell of a soccer player. Now my skills have faded away, and as you can tell, I didn’t exactly go pro in football Americano either.
Another diversion of mine had always been the opposite sex. Not in the “philanderous,” male-ho kind of way–just the hopeless romantic kind. Females were often the motivation behind my writing, my trips to the weight room and my ill-forgotten knack for dressing up. That MO, however, has taken a new twist, as I have settled down and view females in an entirely different way—a way we will explore throughout my blog.
Once you get past my love for media, entertainment, sports and females, all you have left is a guy that wants to be orgasmically successful and has close friends to share the success with. Okay, so I do have a meat tooth (the same thing as a sweet tooth, only my hankering for sweets has been replaced with a quench for steaks and bacon). I also love being around people and having “over-the-top,” grandiose, meaningful conversations.
As a matter of fact, I can only have meaningful conversations—I hate small talk. I’m not good at it, and quite frankly, I can’t pretend that I want to hear about your day, your 6-year-old’s painting, or what you do for a living. So just as a hint, if you ever see me walking the streets, come at me with something meaningful, because after years and years of failing at small talk, I have become pretty immune to the inexplicably-long, awkward silence.
Anyway, I have rambled on way too much here. If you want to get in contact with me, feel free to comment on my blog (UzoNYC), follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page. Until then, I hope you will keep reading my blog, and learn a thing or two about Uzo Ometu, New York City, and the stuff in between.
Additional Note: Currently, I am an employee of Google. However, all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are that of my own, and any and all statements made are those of Uzo Ometu, not Google Inc.