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. In 2011 I spent 9 months in Australia, across Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. I spent most of 2012 in New Zealand. As for 2013, I spent 4 months in New Orleans and am in Ann Arbor for the summer/fall. I'm not sure where to go next. I'm working on submitting an application to obtain New Zealand residency in 2014.
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 sushi rolling. In 2011, a couple things I tried were urban exploration and lawn bowling.
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.