I grew up with lots of pets and I love animals, often preferring them to my own species. In the same vein, I have a great appreciation for the natural world and consider myself an environmentalist through and through.
I enjoy travelling and have been all over the place. I've always shown significant respect for other cultures and I wish most Americans did as well. I didn't grow up here, but I am a dual citizen.
Playing hockey and football and following major sports leagues will probably always be a big part of my life, but please don't mistake me for one of those guys you might find chugging beer and shouting at the TV in a sports bar. Despite my passion for athletic competition, I'm not a meathead who can't enjoy other, more intellectual/artistic pursuits.
Another defining passion in my life is cooking. While it feels like a previous life at this point, my first career was as a chef. Ever since withdrawing from preparing food as a career, it's been among my most significant hobbies. In keeping with my appreciation for foreign cultures, I often try to explore their culinary techniques in my own kitchen and I have a lot of fun doing so.