I like books; I'm a bit of a bibliophile. I'm not a horrible
collector type, but I know a few, and I could have that trait, so
I've worked to rid myself of some potential bad tendencies and
inclinations. I’m not going to talk about books; it’d just be too
long. I like to read, I’ve taken a lot of literature and writing
classes, I do own a lot of books, ... and let’s just leave it at
In general, I don't like watching TV; I don't have cable TV. Some
of the things I did like to watch are: food shows on the Travel
Channel and some Food Network shows, Tosh.0, Jon Stewart, Stephen
Colbert, stand-up comedy stuff, ... some random stuff off the
History Channel, and ... I'm not sure. I do like several of the
British comedy shows (like The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Black
Adder, etc). ... Not too much has held my interest over time. Just
about everything, as far as TV goes, is better on DVD. And, by and
large, I think most of the stuff on television is swimming in a
I think that the best damn sketch comedy show EVER was Kids in the
I don't see many movies. I have seen a lot of movies, but I'm not
exactly current on the movies I would like to see. (No, I did not
just contradict myself.) This leaves me in a favorable position of
wanting to watch a lot of (what I am still hoping are) good movies
with someone ... as long as they haven't already seen all of these
supposedly good movies that I just never got around to seeing ...
or are willing to watch them again. Ok, maybe I’m not in such a
favorable position, maybe I need to find someone who is as bad
about watching movies that they want to see as I am. In the age of
Netflix, how sad is this? Oh, yeah, and I don't subscribe to
Netflix either. But I'm still not sure why on that one.
But I really do like good movies a lot (Who doesn't, right?), but
this is part of why I hate watching movies in theaters. One: I
don't like other people who distract from the movie. Especially
noisy eaters. Two: I hate movies that suck. And so many do. Nothing
is more of a waste of an evening than going to a theater and
sitting through a mediocre or bad movie. So, again, I prefer
watching stuff on DVD (after I get to watch some clips and read
some reviews). If you're going to watch a stupid movie, it's better
to watch it with friends where you can laugh, and comment about the
movie, and try to make light of how bad it is.
Some movies that I really like (and maybe own): Brazil, Blade
Runner, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Princess Bride, The
Iron Giant, The Thing, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, the
LotR trilogy, the Star Wars trilogy (Han shot first), the Indiana
Jones trilogy, The Mummy, Office Space, Labyrinth, The Call of
Cthulhu, Dr. Strangelove, The Life Aquatic, Lost in Translation,
Let the Right One In, Super Size Me, Boondock Saints, Lock Stock
and Two Smoking Barrels, the Dead Poets Society, The Razor’s Edge,
The Breakfast Club, The Usual Suspects, Monty Python ... stuff, Max
Manus, Shaun of the Dead, Highlander, Zombieland, Defendor, Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hellboy, ... blah, blah, blah. There are
The "Horror" movies I like are more thrillers, not slasher/gore
flicks (The Changeling, with George C. Scott, was the first "scary"
movie to really impress me and it set a pretty high standard). I
have a fondness for zombie movies, and I’m inclined to try to watch
them even if I know they’re going be a bit cheesey. I also like old
movies, like old Hitchcock films, or Karloff and Chaney, or any old
My guilty pleasures are: Revolt of the Zombies, Attack of the
Killer Shrews, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ... well, there are a
lot of those too. I like good "bad movies". I also like MST3K. But
some of these movies I do genuinely like (i.e.: Revolt of the
Zombies), it's not their fault that they were made they way they
were. I also like some "stupid" movies, like Cloudy with a Chance
of Meatballs or Run Ronnie Run. I have no idea why, but I thought
CwaCoM was hysterically funny. I still want a talking Steve plush
For the most part, I don't like country music. Cash is one of the
few obvious exceptions to this. I'm also not fond of rap/hip-hop.
There are a few exceptions to this as well, but I feel less
interested in trying to name any of them. I do like just about all
other styles of music. And, though I haven't lately, I really like
going to concerts at the 7th Street Entry, First Ave, Fine Line,
and other smaller venues. I don't really hang out with the
musicians that I used to, so I don't often have the reasons to go
like I used to.
On a side note: I don't like Pandora.com that much, it tends to
annoy me. It keeps injecting crappy music into my perfectly good
music/artist selections, which is why I don't really bother to turn
on a radio.
Music that I do like: Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Jethro Tull,
Collective Soul, Soul Coughing, Morphine, Housebreaker, Cage the
Elephant, The Goobey Band, 4 on the Floor, Tori Amos, Liz Phair,
The Police, The Black Crows, The Pretenders, Tracy Bonham, Talking
Heads, KMFDM, Garbage, Jack Off Jill, The Who, the Stones,
Primitive Radio Gods, Dada, Foo Fighters, Pixies, The White
Stripes, Rancid, U2, Moxy Fruvous, House of Freaks, Fugazi, Queen,
NIN, Rob Zombie, Beck, The Reverend Horton Heat, Beastie Boys,
Eurythmics, Lords of Acid, Conjure One, Suzan Vega, Crash test
Dummies, RUSH, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Kravitz, Pink, Nick
Cave, Whale, AC/DC, Incubus, Offspring, The Presidents Of The
United States Of America, Violent Femmes, Green Day, Adam Ant,
Elvis Costello, Toadies, ... Bach, Chopin, Gershwin, Vivaldi,
Guaraldi, Celtic punk, and the list goes on and on. I love
music/bands that can bring in bagpipes, accordions, or other such
instruments and really rock it.
Even if it's a spoof: www.rathergood.com/pop_stasi
I'm a Foodie. I like food. I can have pointless, yet passionate,
conversations about food with anyone for so as long as they can
manage to maintain a plausible facade of interest. I love
television shows about food (Anthony Bourdain, Bizarre Foods, Man
v. Food, Good Eats, America's Test Kitchen, etc).
And I like Rachel Ray, damn it. I don't know why so many people
find it popular to bash her, but I like Rachel Ray. Alright, "like"
is a bit strong, but I think she's OK.
I enjoy going out to eat. I like trying new things, I like variety,
and I have a hard time choosing so I tend to order multiple things.
I like BBQ and grilling, I love veggie pizzas, cheeseburgers,
Mexican food, Asian food, Indian food, … food. Ok, I love
But I HATE mayonnaise. I don’t like ketchup, but I
absolutely hate mayonnaise. No joke, it’ll make me gag.
And I think serving flavored chips (like Doritos) with a good salsa
or dip is tantamount to a sin.
I like all-you-can-eat sushi places! Like Ichiban! It’s so fun to
sit at the island and just watch the little boats of sushi go
‘round-n-‘round. I was there once when the sushi chefs were singing
the Scooby-Doo theme song while making the sushi and taking
requests - that was awesome.
And curry. I really like curry.
Food can be like porn, food is like sex: it appeals to our basest
cravings and hungers, it promises to gratify and satisfy, and it
entices us to experience the delicious and decadent through
Ok, that might be a little over the top, but I do really like
As such, I also prefer good booze. I can't stand the cheap piss
macro-brew beers (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc). I like good
whiskey, preferably Scotch or Irish whiskey. And I'm also
particular about my gin and vodka. Good gin is awesome. Good vodka
is awesome, too. And vodka should not try to be like gin. I think a
gin & tonic, or a well made martini, is absolutely fabulous. I
also like vodka cranberries.
... But, for as much as I love fun & exotic foods (that’s
relative to me, I know) and locations of interest and character, I
HATE pretentious and trendy places. I don’t know why, but I just
can’t buy into that b.s.; such places grate upon my nerves and
offend both my sophisticated and my vulgar sensibilities. I start
cursing under my breath, my voice takes on the edge of a slight
growl, my mood becomes very dark and cynical, and the person who’s
to blame for me being there will start catching dirty looks and
nasty comments from me. I can’t help it. I hate pretentious and
trendy shit-holes ... along with everyone, and everything, present
there. I think it’s something that's buried deep within my
I am much more into substance over style, quality over
presentation, and (when cuisine is the focus) food over
I like games. I like board games, but not the board games I
remember my parents having (Monopoly, Sorry, Life, Risk, etc); I
like the board games that are highlighted on the site
BoardGameGeek.com (German-style, Euro, Designer board games). I own
a lot of board games, it’s almost embarrassing, but I really like
board games. So I’m going to move on to the next thing. ... I like
mechanical puzzles (a.k.a. physical or 3D puzzles), like the
classic Tavern Puzzles. I like word games and puzzles (like
Bookworm™) and newspaper crosswords (I do mine in pen). I like
computer and video games. I love airhockey, I wish I knew where
there was still a decent airhockey table some where in Minneapolis
(and maybe someone can show me where one is).
I also like Frisbee golf. It’s fun. I don’t like the murky, swampy,
nasty water hazards, but it’s still fun.
And I like BOCCE BALL! Could there be a better game to play while
drinking? You don’t have to hit the little white ball; you just
have to get close enough. That’s all! Just “close enough” enough
times, more “close enough” than the other guys, and you win! I like
the Half Time Rec best, the warped ground makes it all just that
much more interesting.
I like biking. I have a couple of bikes, and I'd like a couple
more. I need some bikes that are good for just street cycling. I
used to have some really nice bikes, but they were all stolen. I'm
still fairly pissed-off about that.
I also like rollerblading, but I really suck at it. I can't stop
myself without using a light post, sign post, tree, or other large
immovable object to crash into. I always wear the wrist-guards (I'm
too damn scared of what could happen to not wear those), and often
the knee-guards, even though I'm pretty darn good at not falling
down. And while rollerblading at 2 in the morning, while drunk, may
sound like a great idea ... it's really not. The parked cars are
hard enough to navigate; thankfully I've never had to contend with
a moving one.
My favorite sport is Roller Derby. I love Roller Derby. I can watch
Roller Derby. Roller Derby is so cool. I get giddy just thinking
about Roller Derby. Roller Derby.
I like thunder storms, especially the electric ones in winter. I
like warm rain showers and I like snowfalls of big fluffy
snowflakes. They're better than TV. But I don't like wind. Thunder
storms and snowfalls without winds aren't too common, but I often
like to stand out in them when they do happen.