I love to collect things that connect me to fascinating times and places and ideas - such as mineral specimens, coins, documents, meteorites, books, and antique whiskies. If you want to know why - I wrote a guest post about it: http://www.whiskyforgirls.com/?cat=83
I bike commute when the weather is OK. I like to hike and ski as well as bike for fitness. I'm a non-confrontational person - but I enjoy arguing with science deniers on the Internet, where I take the side defending the Theory of Evolution, Global Warming theory, etc... I'm aware that sounds incredibly tedious and I swear I won't ask you to read any of it. But it speaks to my politics and my values. I'm a Western rationalist and I believe in evidence and empirically demonstrated facts when making scientific arguments. I'm also a poet - but not in the usual sense. Writing about whisky takes flavors and smells - things that are wired into the limbic system, the reptile brain - and finding words for them. Words come from the higher brain, so metaphor is required as the limbic has no words.
Living in the New York metro area is wonderful. I love the diversity; the enormous wealth of different perspectives and cultures as well as the tremendous range of experiences from foods, the arts, museums, and interactions. I also don't mind the hard parts. I explore troubled areas and find the beauty in them too.