Dragon (aka Ben, my husband) -- Tall, medium-dark, and incredibly handsome. But I didn't fall in love with him because of his looks, believe it or not. Ben is one of the most passionate people I've met -- intense in everything he loves; me, writing, computer gaming (mainly CS), reading, drawing, songwriting, and playing guitar. I love passionate people, whether I share their passions or not (I can't play computer games, 'cause I just plain suck). He has a semi-wicked sense of humor, but he's very compassionate -- I have to be careful when talking about people who are hurting, because he feels their pain so deeply. He's trustworthy -- if he says he's going to do something, he'll go through hell to make sure it gets done, and he's very honest. (admittedly, he never wants to cause me harm, so if he thinks I won't like his answer, he'll make me drag it out of him -- but he doesn't lie) He adores me; he thinks everything I do and am is fascinating. And of course, he's very skillful and loving in bed. What more can you ask for?
Angelina Jolie -- You may say it's impossible to love someone you know only through hearsay -- but saying so would prove you don't know what my love is like. I admire her for playing incredibly challenging roles in nearly every film -- from her oscar-winning psychopathic role in "Girl Interrupted" to her extremely physically challenging role in "Tomb Raider," but that's not why I love her. I greatly admire her for her humanitarian work and her volunteering with refugees, but that's not why I love her either.
I love her because she is a passionate woman who loves deeply, and she's not afraid of being herself under the gaze and censure of everyone. She gets tattoos because she loves them and they mean something to her -- despite the fact that tattooed women are disdained in this culture. She talks about her choices in romance -- despite the fact that it will cause the majority of her culture to at least look on her as 'weird' if not shun her outright. She wore a vial of her lover's blood rather than a wedding ring, despite the fact that most people see that as morbid and gross. She adopts children of other races and cultures -- despite the close-minded majority who accuse her of causing distress to the children by putting them among another race. I imagine she must hate racism and believe she can make a difference this way. All of this shows how much Angelina believes in herself. Living according to her rules of honesty and courage is more important to her than having people approve. I love and admire that in her, and I'd give a lot to be able to help her in some way.
Allison -- another passionate person (notice a trend?), Allison is an extremely talented artist. Her energy is contagious, and I love being around her because she gives me a fresh love for life, and she's very inspiring. After being around her I either want to dance or write -- her creativity just flows all over the place! For some reason some people find her tiring -- my theory on this is that they are boring people whose creativity is buried so deep that being around her only stirs up frustration at their state of stagnancy. Allison's also fairly open-minded, despite being raised in a very "proper" household. I haven't spent much time with her over the past few years, but we've kept in touch, and I'm willing to wait for a deeper friendship. In the meantime I just enjoy being around her.
Kaylene -- I love this girl so much it makes me cry. Why? Because we were just beginning an incredible friendship when several terrible things happened to her at once, and she decided being deep was too painful for her right now. That's her perogative and I'm not angry with her -- just sad that we lost something precious right after we found it. She's a deep, passionate person, who is intense in everything she does, and she doesn't commit half-way. She's a talented singer/songwriter and dancer, an artist in every sense of the word. We had so many things in common in our history -- absentee/verbally abusive fathers, being forced to parent our siblings, etc. -- and we understood each other. And we were alike in small ways too -- we both love horseback riding, the color purple, beta fish, singing... She was completely open and honest with me after we decided to be close, and we bonded so deeply that within four months of first meeting her, I asked her to be one of my bridesmaids. I still have confidence that we'll be close friends eventually -- I just don't know how long it will be until she decides that she wants that. Hopefully before either of us has kids, so I can be 'Aunt Kristen.'
Jedidiah -- this was the guy who convinced me that there actually were men who loved God and served him (before Ben). He and I met in a Christian chat room and were prayer partners and friends for about a year -- at which time his girlfriend freaked out (because she had had bad experiences with people she'd met online) and told him not to talk to me anymore. But during that year he had been such an awesome friend to me -- always caring when I was hurting and always honest about his own feelings -- that 1.5 years later when I IMed him on a whim (after that girlfriend had dumped him) we struck up our friendship again, and he made the long, expensive trek down from Canada just to see my wedding. He helped me move into Ben's and my apartment, too. He's very unique -- he loves to write and play music, he used to breakdance, he's a gymnast, and he wanted to be a massage therapist before he decided he'd rather be a youth pastor. He wears three earrings in each ear and at my wedding he had his hair dyed dark blue (I loved it!).
That's enough for now... heh.