I'm a professional chef, currently working on opening my own place. I also work with the local arm of a national non-profit that promotes local, sustainable food systems. I'm a big believer in the power of community to affect positive change in the world.
I tend to think of myself as living a pretty balanced life- but it's a balance of extremes. I've always been equally comfortable reading a book at home (or in a dive bar) as going out to see a loud music show. I tend to strike people I don't know as fairly introverted, but open up a lot when I'm around people I actually know and like. On the flip side, for work I'm often called a classic 'alpha'- people naturally listen to me and follow my orders. It's a bit odd. But anyway, I've never taken a personality test, so you'll just have to accept my self-diagnosis, hah.
I'm also a big geek. I read entirely too much, and a measurable portion of my free time is spent gaming with friends. Tabletop board and card games, ranging from the ultra-geeky with plastic miniatures and funky dice, to interesting, elegant, brain-burning economics games and everything in between. There's some RPG love in there, too, but I haven't done DnD or anything like it in twenty+ years- I tend to be interested more in weird, social, collaborative storytelling games. Any form of interactive, collaborative fiction interests me greatly.
I know lots.
On that last note, I mostly only wear the goggles when I'm on my motorcycle, or at the industrial club. Mostly.
Somehow though, through all that, the word 'dapper' is most commonly used to describe me.
Movies and TV? Mostly sci-fi, horror (*not* crappy torture-porn), etc.- genre stuff. I do think I'm reasonably discriminating, though. While I do watch my fair share of schlock (usually *because* it's schlock, heh), I do try to look for the more interesting end of the spectrum. Oh, sure, I watch dramas and documentaries, indie flicks, and mostly stay away from the really big hollywood blockbusters (Marvel Comics movies excepted, of course).
Music: I grew up in the Goth/Industrial/Punk scene, so music has always been a big part of my vision of myself. Mostly I've moved away from all that, though- I made a decision years ago that I didn't want to be one of those people that listened to the music of their youth their whole life. Nowadays I tend toward bands like The National, Beirut, The Decemberists, The Walkmen, etc. I like music with a sense of style- accordians, strings, horns, and well-written lyrics get me going. Locally, I'm a big fan of bands like The Bad Things and Bakelite 78- kind of neo-folk-punk-hobo music.
Let's just skip the food. Drink-wise, I drink bourbon (and other whiskies) and gin, and I'll admit to being enough of a snob that vodka mildly annoys me.
Good friends to share it all with.
What, that's not six? Ok, fine, one more. A motorcycle. I've pretty much lived my whole life on them, and I can't imagine ever stopping. Doesn't have to be anything special or fancy, but yeah.