I am really good at growing things, be it flowers, fruit trees, veggies, or berries. Kayaking on flat water (Tomales Bay being my favorite place) is something I have enjoyed for many years with friends, and I am a life-long fly-fisherman and tier of flies and get up to the mountains every year to pursue this. I also do a lot of non-technical woodworking (planters, outdoor tables, simple home repairs). Being a bachelor, the interior of my small home on the Western hills of Ukiah, is simple and comfortable but could use some serious interior decorating.
My favorite reading includes top-line authors of both fiction and non-fiction with regular returns to some of the classics; there are usually a couple of books I am making my way through at any one time (currently Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon and The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq). I enjoy jazz, R and B, bluegrass, rock and roll classics, and classical with special attention to chamber music. Live theatre, modern and classics, are hard to find in my small town, but I take advantage of them when they occur. I go to movies rarely other than when we have our annual indie-fest, but check out many US and foreign made quality films from our library.
Things that I could not do without include a garden, a kayak and a lake to put it in, my wonderful and fulfilling relationship with my daughters and grandkids, an interesting trail to explore, kind and interesting people to enjoy, and a good lady.
I think a lot about what the future holds for my grandkids in light of climate change, what new veggies I want to grow and where on my small property (but sizable garden) I can possibly fit more plants in, and what new hiking possibilities there are to explore in this area (I am a hike leader for the local Sierra Club group).
A typical Friday night this time of year can start with a visit to a local winery that has local musicians each week where the newly bottled wines can be sampled and friends met. Later, I will make dinner and read or watch a DVD or ponder the world's great issues (but no solutions so far)