Help your potential matches find common interests.
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. My repertoire right now
is comprised of Downton Abbey, Community, Parks & Recreation,
Veep, Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, The Killing, Call the Midwife, Mr.
Selfridge, True Blood, Top Chef, The Vikings, and Big Bang Theory.
I'm also a big political junkie, and I enjoy the
progressive/populist lineup of MSNBC (Alex Wagner, The Cycle, Al
Sharpton, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Lawrence
O'Donnell, Chris Hayes, Steve Kornacki, Karen Finney, and Melissa
Harris-Perry) in any order I can catch it, as well as Real Time
with Bill Maher. Depending on my mood, I also love 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). If I'm babysitting my nephew, then we usually watch Phineas
and Ferb or iCarly reruns while munching on some Haribo
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 having a major HAIM moment 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 dish so far:
Cayenne-crusted pork tenderloin with a lemon pepper jus. I'm also
madly in love with kale right now, and those lovable Gummy Tummy
Penguins from Trader Joe's.