I can be a very good listener and I've been told I give very good advice. If you can make me laugh most likely we'll become friends (as long as you're willing...it takes two to tango). I'm also a history/useless fact buff, but I try not bore my friends with historical anecdotes. I also do not have a study full of dusty, leather-bound books, but I wish I did. I enjoy my job and the people I work with. I feel very lucky to be working in an area of government that lets me be involved in both foreign policy and technology work. I'm a voracious learner and read a great deal.
I travel and explore as much as I can these days.
Despite a historic, deep fear of heights I keep climbing higher mountains (I did 14,000 feet this summer) and I've strangely picked up a skydiving hobby and am now a licensed skydiver. This latter pursuit is not a hobby I expect others to follow me into; it's just something I'm doing for me right now. I've recently adopted a philosophy of running at the things that scare me instead of running away from them. This is one of the reasons for this new hobby. I'm active, but I enjoy periods of inactivity. Bad weather is always a great excuse to stay in doors and watch DVDs or the giant pile of stuff on my DVR.
My favorite type of person is someone who is curious about the world around them. I believe that the difference between just being alive and actually participating in life is simply a function of wonder. What I mean by that is if you can muster the effort to ask the question, "why" about even the mundane things around you, it's likely that you'll be fun to talk to.