I'm eternally curious and usually can form a point of view, even based on scant info, but don't feel the need to always share. I don't take most things too seriously and prefer people who enjoy intellectual arguments, but don't need to win them. I come from a family that is direct in its communication style; but due to training on the Hill and corporate jobs, I have learned to temper it.
I abhor drama in my personal life, but love it in artistic expression. I tend to be more logical than emotional. I prefer people who are very comfortable in their own skin and rarely feel the need to prove anything to others. I don't like hypercritical people, who feel the need to voice such opinions visibly or audibly.
I love food, which is either in my genes or cultivated by my mother, who is a great cook. When my cousin and I met in Thailand, she only brought a travel book on where to eat and what specialities to try. I will definitely make time/calories available for trying new foods everywhere I travel, and ... hehe ... every weekend. I love its preparation, presentation, taste, culture, history. Heaven forbid there is some tasty food/drink that I have not yet tried. I have in recent years acquired a taste for Islay scotches.
I love new experiences: new places, culture, food, restaurants, etc. I exercise, so that I can indulge. I love wind, snow, and water whipping across my face. This year, I visited Spain.
I have frequently enjoyed skiing, hiking, dancing, tennis, golf, snorkeling, white-water rafting amongst other things. I loved, loved, loved skydiving, parasailing, paragliding, windsurfing, sailing, and ATV'ing, although I have only done each of them a couple of times. I have also tried a few other things I enjoyed, such as canoeing, indoor rock climbing, spelunking, fishing, and water skiing (didn't succeed though). I probably hike, ski, and sample restaurants/wines more than anything else.
I watch CNN and read the NY Times more than the local news. I love thought-provoking forms of art, sci-fi, and expression, but also love Kandinsky and the seemingly random assembly of abstract things.
I am a mix of cultures, having been born into one, raised in another, and sought others in adulthood. I need quiet time to recharge, but have a large circle of friends/relatives worldwide, with whom I've kept in touch for decades. I like interesting people.
I try to live like the song, "I Hope You Dance" and the poem Instantes (incorrectly attributed to Borges, according to a guy who emailed me and Wikipedia) except for the religious part.