Be it indoors at a museum or outdoors at the beach, I'm happy as a clam as long as the company is good, the weather is agreeable, and we cap it all off by having a really flavorful and satisfying meal at some non-pretentious eatery. (My recommendations of the moment: Mama Lu's Dumpling House in Monterey Park, Viva Madrid in Claremont, The Shack in Rowland Heights, Ōomasa in Little Tokyo, and Urban Solace in San Diego.
But this is not set in stone. I have no particular agenda, and I'm open to any and all possibilities and experiences.
I am easy-going, levelheaded, and charmingly weird.
I'm not much a reader of fiction, but I have to say that I love Jules Verne. "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" really captured my imagination as a child and I must have done at least two book reports on it growing up. I usually gravitate towards books about history, political science, liberalism and progressivism, and current events. I just finished reading Rachel Maddow's "Drift" (it was AMAZING) and I'm in the thick of Al Gore's "The Assault on Reason". My favorite books are Nakae Chomin's "A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government", Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Living History", and Paul Krugman's "The Conscience of a Liberal". I also love reading poetry. TS Eliot is my favorite. Although I try to avoid getting caught up in the zeitgeist, I am considering plunging into "The Hunger Games" series.
I love historical epics and period movies, comedies, sci-fi movies, and foreign LGBT movies. I especially love scary movies. I don't like watching gratuitously violent and/or unnecessarily macabre movies - hence my aversion towards action flicks and slasher movies. I also decry most romantic comedies (since they're somewhat predictably godawful), inspirational sports movies, works by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, and also anything that includes "The Twilight Saga" in its title.
I have pretty simple and quirky TV tastes. When not binging on Love It or List It (both Toronto and Vancouver versions), Flip or Flop, or Property Brothers on HGTV, my repertoire right now is comprised of Downton Abbey, Parks & Recreation, Veep, The Goldbergs, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Mindy Project, Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, Black-ish, Madam Secretary, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge, Top Chef, King of the Hill, The Vikings, and Big Bang Theory. I'm also a big political junkie, and I venture into MSNBC every now and then on the off chance their hosts are not obsessively bashing Hillary Clinton. Depending on my mood, I also love watching shows about the paranormal or haplessly wandering into NatGeo, History, Discovery, Animal Planet, or Science to watch documentaries on the most random subjects (I'm a bit infatuated with Danny Forster from Build It Bigger, and I'm always down for an impromptu Firefly marathon, although I own the DVDs) or PBS for a multi-part Ken Burns documentary or Frontline special.
My ears are open to anything that sounds good and has great lyrics. I love Rilo Kiley, Of Monsters and Men, Florence + the Machine, Kylie Minogue, Temper Trap, Tim Myers, Mayer Hawthorne, Scissor Sisters, The Like, and Nelly Furtado. I worship the ground that Lady Gaga walks on, and I'm quite enamored with HAIM right now. I also like great musical scores (James Horner, Steve Jablonsky, and Hans Zimmer are my favorite composers) and classical music.
I'm a big foodie, and it is my mission in life to sample as many cuisines as possible. I love going on food tours (Gold or Expo Line culinary tour, anyone?), and Japanese, Korean, Indian, vegetarian/vegan, and soul food are my flavors of the moment. I also adore tea houses and love tea house fare. And there is a special place in my heart and appetite for SPICY food - the hotter, the better. :) I'm not too big a fan of garlic, although I do cook with it and I'm in the midst of teaching myself to like it. And speaking of cooking - I like to cook and bake. My best dishes so far: Cayenne-crusted pork tenderloin with a lemon pepper jus, and my Snickerdoodles to finish. To get on my good side, just get me a bag (or four) of those lovable Gummy Tummy Penguins from Trader Joe's.
2 - My MacBook. (Even without internet access, I can make myself busy with my laptop and Microsoft Excel).
3 - Lego. Other people gamble, go clubbing, engage in wanton acts of debauchery. I'm at my most virtuous when indulging in this Danish vice.
4 - Public transportation. (Long live Metro Rail.)
5 - Sunshine. (Cloudy and overcast days, rainy days, and the end of Daylight Saving Time make me really sad.)
6 - Condiments. Especially original Tabasco, Tapatio, and/or HP Sauce.
1.5) Playing with my nephew's Legos. He got me hooked on them again, and he's at that tender age when his head is getting turned by ladies and not Lego bricks. I'm an unabashed and unapologetic AFOL. And bonus points if you know what that is.
2) At the gym working out, swimming, and/or having a steam.
3) Hanging out with one of my sisters or friends.
4) Doing laundry. I find the sorting, the folding, the warmth, the static cling, the scent to be sublimely cathartic.
5) Luxuriating in bed catching up on my stories in the DVR.