I'm curious about almost everything. This doesn't seem to be going away as I get older. Unlike my hair.
I am constantly struggling to understand one or more Very Complicated Things. Are quantum effects really changed by an observer's collapsing the probability wave function? Should corporations really be "persons"? Should I answer honestly whether those jeans make her butt look big? Paper or plastic?
I love teaching and sharing any Very Complicated Things I've learned. They hardly seem worth learning otherwise.
I'm slowly discovering a predilection for people who are as different from me as possible. I'm increasingly bored with those who believe and act and look the same way I do. I'm learning PDX is a great town for this. The boredom possibly stems from 12 years in the naval submarine service, sometimes spending a couple of months in a tube with 166 guys who believed and acted and looked the same way I did. Right down to the haircuts.
I have a 16 year old son that I love more than oxygen. How kickass is it to be a dad? Pretty kickass, it turns out. Since being an actual man is a learned skill, I'm making certain he grows up to be one of those, and not an adult boy. He's going to be outnumbered.
Overall, I think kids are geniuses, and I may have missed my calling as a part time science teacher and part time costumed theme park mascot. I'm not entirely sure I'm kidding about that.