2. Valentine's Day has always offended me. I am not down with that industrial complex, and will never view it as innocent, never!
3. I'm quite practical, but strongly feel it's important to reach for, or be open to, the sublime/ineffable/"magical" when it comes to one's work, standards, enjoyment of life.
4. I tried and failed to make a salt-and-pepper shaker set of Siskel and Ebert when the latter was in town for a book signing a few years ago.
5. I admit I am not attuned to nature like other people can be, but it's not for lack of trying. At heart I'm a city person, and am more interested in people, cultures, languages, villages, the fishermen rather than the sea, blah blah blah…. I'm happy to go hiking but less happy to go camping, though cabin-ing is a fine compromise. That said, I'm going camping on a remote island for a week—it's often good to shake the cognitive snowglobe—but it very well might be the end of me, or conversely quite enlightening.