I like meetups and other group events. In an average month, I probably have introductions with 40 new people and have significant conversations with a dozen of them. I think meeting new people makes me a better person and more enjoyable to be around. I get excited about the exchange of interesting ideas. It's best when the conversation veers away from generic small talk toward a person's unique interests and experiences. I tell people embarrassing stories about myself, and for some reason they often find it endearing.
I enjoy living in new places. I spent most of 2011 in Australia and 2012 in New Zealand. As for 2013, I went to New Orleans for the first time and spent 4 months. After spending the second half of 2013 in Ann Arbor, I'm back in New Orleans. I'm working on submitting an application to obtain New Zealand residency in 2015.
In the past couple years, it has really become clear to me how much I appreciate variety. So many things in life are worth doing at least once a year or once a decade or once a lifetime. Some recent new experiences are Argentine tango and playing street music in a brass band. Some other fun novelties have been sushi rolling and urban exploration.
While I own a car, I like walking as a form of transportation and enjoy playing volleyball about once a week.
Because I spend my work day alone in front of a computer, I have a lot of energy for interacting with people in the evenings.