Are so numerous that I'm not even going to try to list them all.
Suffice it to say I'm very well read
, and books have been an integral part
of my life. There are three different works of fiction that come to
mind when I'm asked for my favorite book (The Hobbit, 1984, and
Grapes of Wrath), three different works including two biographies
that come to mind when I'm asked what inspired me to go to law
school (William Kunstler, Curt Flood, and John Grisham's The Street
Lawyer), and three others that come to mind if you asked me what
books I've found to be most educational (Willard Harley's "His
Needs, Her Needs", Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover", and the
"Psychologist's Book of Self-Tests" by Louis H. Janda). Ironically,
if my home were burning down and I could only take one book, I'd
leave all nine of those books behind and just grab my Bible. I
know, I know, you can get a Bible anywhere, and replacing the other
9 books might be kind of tough. Well, I may be able to get a Bible
anywhere for about a dollar, but MY Bible is the one I was given
the day I was baptised, and has been my Bible for the 28 years
since. It has far more sentimental value to me than it probably
should, but it's MY Bible, you know?
I've seen thousands of movies and I have a rating system, "Phil's
5-star movie rating system", that all of my friends have grown
accustomed to using, even though they make fun of me for it.
I have eclectic tastes in music such that the cd's in my player
right now include Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Huey Lewis
& The News, Sublime, Blessid Union of Souls, and the latest
from 50 Cent, Akon, Eminem, and Kanye West. But my cd player has
gone largely ignored since I got satellite radio. Between my dozen
or so favorite satellite stations, NPR, KSHE 95, KMOX, and KTRS
550, it's been a while since I just put a cd on play and listened
to it. The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is probably what I
turn to most lately. Same Love! My new favorite song is "Take me to
Church" by Hozier. It's about how churches have a responsibility to
stand up for the rights of GLBT folks, not just look the other way
as we're being oppressed. It's an AMAZING song!
I've yet to meet a food I didn't like, although I tend not to eat
onions or garlic. My friends call me "The Buffet King" because
whenever I'm in a group of three or more I'm usually arguing that
we should go to a buffet. My rationale is that no matter what
anyone is hungry for, they can get it at the buffet. You're in
control of what food you put on your plate, how much, and which
pieces or scoops, so if you leave hungry it's your own fault, and
if you stuff yourself and overdo it then that's your own fault,
too. It's generally more affordable than any sit-down restaurant,
and yet the ornamentation and decor is often just as good. It's the
perfect place to be for a crowd. Nobody sits staring at a menu, the
servers still keep your drinks full, and thinking about it is
making me hungry;) But shame on you if you don't tip whoever clears
your dirty plates and/or refills your drinks.
That said, I really haven't been going to buffets as much in the
last two years. In fact, I replaced "Thursday night Chinese buffet"
with "Thursday night threesomes" and dropped 35 pounds. Then I hit
a plateau, but after meeting my newest girlfriend I've dropped
another 26 pounds and counting. I am now a huge proponent of my own
revolutionary weight loss plan, aptly titled, "Less Food, More
Sex!" I'd be looking for a book deal, but seriously, what else do I
need to say? "More Sex, Less Food"?!