im a nigge.r
I do this too. It backfires sometimes, tho', when I miss an important descriptor. For example, I missed the fact that Michael Carpenter was white in the Dresden Files. The main description of him is how tall he is, so I imagined him as one of my cousins, who is black.This could be a thread unto itself
When trying to picture places or people I haven't seen, my mind automatically maps out placeholder things for them, like having someone I either personally know or a familar public figure inserted as sort of an actor for them, or like someone's home, I'll imagine using someone else's place I've been to before. This even happens with my dreams. I guess it's a little like those Garry's Mod/Source Filmmaker videos where they have various Valve characters acting out the roles of completely different people.