Like/Dislike: Tim Paggi, ghost tour guide
Tim Paggi strikes a dapper pose at the Fell family crypt. (Alexis Jenkins/Baltimore Sun / October 16, 2012)
"They are around us all the time," the 30-year-old Seton Hill resident said. "The only way you'll see them, though, is with an open imagination."
Paggi is a tour guide for the Fells Point GhostWalk, which run through Nov. 30 (for tickets and times, go to fellspointghost.com). The job attracted him for two reasons. "First, I enjoy interacting with the public and generally making an entertaining spectacle out of myself," Paggi said. "Second, I have a deep passion for the paranormal which I try to share with others." Originally from Stowe, Vt., Paggi is also an actor, poet and a playwright. After college he became interested in Baltimore's underground theater scene, and has worked with Baltimore Annex Theater, UnSaddest Factory and Single Carrot.
He recently took time off from his many occupations to talk about his favorite on-screen ghost, poetry he's proud of and more.
Worst pet peeve? People yelling at other people from moving cars. Anyone who does this registers in my book as dumb.
Song you hate/love right now? Loving: "Funky Town" by Lipps Inc. Hating: Um, I don't hate any songs.
Last gig you went to? Eternal Cult, a touring theater group from Minneapolis. They put on a play called "Rabbit: A Rabbit Tragedy," at the Whole Gallery. Excellent!
Poetry you wrote that you're most proud of? Recently, I wrote a poem called "Shirt" that I'm pretty proud of because it described just how I feel about the shirts I own. It ends with the lines: "Truthfully, all of my shirts are my favorite shirt/But you are my favorite shirt."
Worst habit? Letting my toenails get too long. They're practically raptor talons.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Owning a Hummer in the city.
What's on your iPod? Dan Deacon's "America" and Slint's "Spiderland."
Favorite book you recently read? "Puerto Rico," by Alex Ventura. Poems full of spontaneous magic from a fairly new Baltimorean.
Food you hate? Grits.
Favorite place to get a drink? Lately, I've been going to Sticky Rice in Fells Point for the beer, sushi and garage rock.
Favorite TV show? "Star Trek: The Next Generation" on Netflix is a gift that keeps on giving.
Favorite on-screen ghost? Patrick Swayze's creepy subway-sensei in "Ghost," who teaches him how to hit stuff.
Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? Favorite: crystal glasses frames. Least favorite: flared jeans.
Best advice you ever got? Let change be your only constant.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The arts scene. Right now, it's at a stage where experimentation and accessibility are beginning to merge. This is still the ideal city for artists.
AS TOLD TO IAN ZELAYA