And seeing orthonorm's pictures are almost convincing me that past lives exist, because you look ridiculously familiar. I feel like I either know you or I am related to you, but either is probably not the case.
Perhaps you resemble a relative? I still can't figure it out. (Can I inquire about your ethnic background? I know I'm being nosy.)
It's a vermischte misagos a mishpacha! As my Jewish Grandfather would say who wasn't my really my Grandfather and probably never said that. The whole different last name thing didn't really dawn on me till late adolescence.
Mostly Irish. Not Scots-Irish, Lord have mercy! Relatively recently off the boat.
"German". More Austro-Hungarian than Prussian and the "Prussian" being primarily Schwaben, thank God! A bit longer in the States than the Irish folks.
Really though, because a lot of my family got here under political or economic duress, many were orphans, so other than that general sketch I can't be more specific.
Grew up with more than a quarter of my family identifying as Jewish. My Grandfather was one of the folks on the ill fated St. Louis.
Probably just Thom Yorke or Vincent Van Gogh. No beard there, so not so much Van Gogh. As I said, compared to supposed geniuses not in light of my intellect but looks and less than attractive ones at that.
Never forget the 1000th time I heard the Thom Yorke thing, I google the name and one of the first hits had to do with him being in the top 10 unattractive rock musicians of all time.
Set me back in therapy a few years. Oh well.
Having an incredibly alienating personality balances it out.
EDIT: Oh yeah, on the familiarity. I could have dated a family member of yours, if you ain't from Antartica.