I spend most of my time fending off women who are only interested in my gorgeous looks and athletic body. Ladies, please stop objectifying me - I have a wonderful personality. For example, I'm very humble.
When I'm not busy protecting my manly chastity, I work on my books (one is a spy novel with a female protagonist, the other is based on my Ph.D. dissertation...which is mostly non-fiction), write stuff for media outlets, and try not to get too gloomy about the state of the world.
I also like to make my friends laugh. My accents and impersonations come in handy.
Existence-wise, I'm simply a young star-dust, just like everybody else.
When my plans go awry, I take it out on a heavy bag.
- making them laugh
- embarking on new adventures, which frequently involves traveling
* Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (read it when I was in the Army - made perfect sense)
* Khaled Hosseini, Kite Runner
* James Lyon, Kiss of the Butterfly
* Vivien Shotwell, Vienna Nocturne
(James and Vivien are my friends - I cannot recommend their books enough!)
U2, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, AC/DC, Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Samantha James, movie soundtracks
West Wing, Band of Brothers, The Wire, House of Cards (I'm partial to the BBC version), Coupling UK, Archer!
The Bond and Bourne series, The Godfather trilogy, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Valkyrie, The Hunt for Red October, Tropic Thunder, Invictus, Gladiator, Layer Cake
A category of its own:
Star Trek - something about the idea that, some day, humankind will become so enlightened that it will enter into a political union with extra-terrestrial species and attempt to discover the mysteries of the universe...
Balkan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, Mexican
- travelling to places old and new
- punching bag (no gloves necessary)
- my math skills
at the speed of light (Google it!)
On a lighter note, the only school I ever got expelled from was kindergarten because I...threatened to do something to the principal's mother which I did not know how to do at the ripe age of 5.