I have travelled a fair bit in my life, and have lived overseas (though not in recent years). I have wide-ranging tastes in terms of the types of food I like to eat and the sort of people I like to meet. I may be slightly more boring on the literary front, though.
My politics are unashamedly liberal. I think the term "progressive", while accurate, is another example of allowing the right to shape the terms of discourse by turning our own labels against us. I am, in fact, a card-carrying member of the ACLU. Dukakis was a wimp. (To be totally honest, I suspect my ACLU membership may have lapsed; but I do give to the ACLU Foundation every month).
I consider myself a Buddhist, but I am as unlikely to believe any new age dogma as I am to believe anything more traditional. I became a Buddhist after I started attending Episcopal services for a few years to be supportive of my ex, and in the course of reciting the credo, I realized that I did not actually believe any of the things I was saying I believed. This began a search which led me to Zen Buddhism, and that's the path I've followed since. It's like atheism, only without the absolutism, or true agnosticism... "Only don't know", as Seung Sahn would say.
"Courteous", "kind" and "forgiving" are a Steve Martin reference (see his web site here). I briefly went with "obsequious", "purple" and "clairvoyant" for the same reason, but then I decided that might be a bit too obscure.
I also wanted "kind" as one of my three adjectives because last summer when I was in China, everyone kept remarking about how kind I was. Nobody ever does that here, so I'm not sure whether it's just a cultural difference, but I like to think of myself as kind, so I decided to go with that.
And in case you're wondering who Mr. Bumpy is, you can find out here.
I am Courteous, Kind, and Forgiving