I just got back from a year in South Korea. When I got back, I realized just how amazing our dry heat is, whereas South Korea is so humid in the summer you simply have to live covered in a thin layer of sweat, and when you take a shower in the morning, your towel is still wet that evening. Foreign concepts, the both. Finally, I also didn't understand how much I appreciated our clean air here in the states, when over there on even a rainy day or a cold wintery blizzard day, the air still smelled like farm fields and whatever they're pumping into their air. Keep in mind, every city there is surrounded by farms, and they use the real stuff for their fertilizer
I went to school at Arizona where I picked up a bachelors and a masters and then discovered the disconnect between the idealists in academia and the realists in the outside world. I also found out that my degrees were immaterial towards finding either a good job or a richer life. I am now employed by a large organization and kicking myself for not joining sooner. They pay for my life, unlike the myriad of jobs and work that preceded in my prior life. The kicker? I did not need a college degree to get my present position, and yet I will make more than I ever could with a degree when I part ways with my current company. Perplexing, indeed...
I love the crossword...and Sudoku...and I always have a project going, somewhere.
Movies: anything, though I generally avoid horror.
I am an omnivore.
Unless I am what I eat, and since cows are vegetarians, I am a vegetarian.
I can listen to almost anything, within reason. When it sounds like a dying cat bemoaning it's dreadful wasted existence while raking its claws against a chalk board, I generally avoid it.