I have no clue what the right answer is, but I've been called most of the following at one point or another: sensitive, passionate, intense, neurotic, loyal, artistic, impatient, closet-introvert (ok, that one I call myself), fierce, complicated, work in progress.
I just started a job as a Faculty Assistant at Univ of Chicago, which I have been doing in various forms for most of the last 10 years, at Stanford and a few other universities. I'm good at it, and I love being involved with a higher ed environment.
My real interests, though, are in teaching and acting, and specifically teaching acting. (This does not pay the bills yet, nor does it provide health insurance, hence the care-and-feeding-of-faculty work). I have been acting on stage off-and-on for about 20 years, but only started to do it seriously about 8 years ago, 3 of which were spent getting my MFA in Acting.
I also do improv, although not nearly as well as I do Shakespeare. Improv is an incredible art form--it's all about saying "yes" to whatever is given to you, and accepting and building on the offers of your partners. I just moved to Chicago from Austin, Tx, and I fiercely miss my friends and improv community there.
I'm also becoming interested in activism, although due to my spare time being taken up with theatre I shamefully haven't put my money (or hours) where my mouth is up to this point, and I have so many causes that pique my interest that I'm still looking for where exactly my heart lies.
I'm an Air Force brat, and spent most of my life wandering around the world and the US. It's been a while since I've indulged my wanderlust internationally, but my Dad was stationed in Germany for 5 years, so I got a chance to see much of Western Europe at an early age. And I've seen most of the US on my own as an adult, usually on a highway driving someplace.
To Mr. Hornby's second part of the question: I love to read. And go see plays. And listen to live blues. And talk. Conversation over coffee is probably my favorite thing to do with another person, (although ironically I don't drink coffee at all, but "conversation over tea" makes me feel like I'm a character from a Jane Austen novel). I like to play card games, and go for walks alone, and I am terrible at Ultimate, but I'm learning to play because a friend of mine gave me a beautiful disk and it's fun to throw it around. I love to dance, and am learning blues dancing, and occasionally shock the youngsters by showing up at one of of their clubs. I love teaching.
My favorite place to be in the world is the hot tubs at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. They're natural hot springs with an incredible facility built around them, right on the edge of a cliff heading down to the Pacific Ocean. On a clear night you can sit in 104 degree water and watch the stars above and hear the waves below. And if you're lucky, the pink jasmine will be in bloom, and the air smells like heaven.