~Making delicious things; e.g. Kimchee, dilly beans, home-cured bacon/sausages/salmon, blintzes, biscuits & gravy (I couldn't do a low sodium diet), Christopher Elbow-style chocolate truffles & hearty stick-to-your ribs stews
~Karaoke(actually I'm terrible but I enjoy it.
~Deadpan humor, telling dirty jokes.
~Yard games(NOT beerpong, never beerpong, I'd rather play catch with razor-shop lawn darts than beerpong).
~Bad ideas,playing with sharp things & fire.
~Also babysitting & answering the phone at 3 am.
I read mostly nonfiction relating to cooking, gardening, American history, permaculture, & preservation. Also love satire; Johnathan Swift, Voltaire. Also I'm a big fan of Jared Diamond, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Pahlanuk, Richard Dawkins, Howard Zinn, & David Sedaris. Additionally I love anything on SLG Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, & EC Comics from the fifties.
I watch a lot of b-movies, sci-fi, documentaries, foreign films, independant movies, horror, thrillers, historical dramas & the like. My favorite directors in no particular order include; Ed Wood, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Stanley Kubric, Gaspar Noe, Jean Piere Jeunet, John Waters, Rob Zombie, Hayao Miyazaki, Takashi Miike, Akira Kurosawa, Alejandro Jordorowski, Kennith Anger, Wes Craven, Wes Anderson, & John Carpenter. Anything that includes practical special effects I will choose over CGI. I'll take cinematography over punchy action shots as well.
In terms of television; HBO, AMC, BBC, PBS, Discovery, History. Off the top of my head; Dr. Who, Louie, Sherlock, , Better Call Saul, Mr. Robot, Wondershozen, Star Trek, Nova, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Soul of a Chef, & In Search of Perfection w/Heston Blumenthal. I find most sitcoms to be utter shite, & feel that a pop culture reference does not constitute a joke.
Musically I feel Tom Waits is a God & Nick Cave is a close second...
Right now I'm listening to a lot of Psychrock, Garage, Psychobilly, Northern Soul, Surf rock(Not beach boys more like The Ventures), outlaw country, anything on the Retro Cocktail Hour, Roots rock, positive Hip-hop, anything related to the Wu Tang especially if the Rza was involved... really I will listen to anything as long as there's substance & heart to it.
The last three artists I listened to are: Chet Faker, Beach House & Strangeboys
The last two bigger shows I went to were X @ the Bottleneck & King Khan & The Shrines @ the Riot Room. Next show I'm psyched for is Nobunny at the Jackpot. In terms of festivals There are only 3 I would consider attending; Austin Psychfest, Gonerfest out in Memphis, & Winfield. I Don't know if Greaserama KC or Mods V. Rockers are actually considered festivals, but I do enjoy them.
Food wise... any food you could name I could probably make from scratch. I've spent over 10 years in professional scratch kitchens & cooking is generally what I'm doing 7-12 hours a day 5-6 days a week. I'm better at savory fare but have a good knowledge of baking & pastry, I do desserts & butchery for work when they need me to. I like knowing whats in my food. My favorite types of fare include Indian, southeast asian street food, dim sum, japanese/hawaiian ramen, Korean Barbecue, itallian salumi, some raw food concepts, soul food, contemporary american, eating seasonally, locally sourced foods, anything fermented, the ideas behind being vegan, simple elegant dishes, stuff & things. Oh, & Burgers & Pizza.
Caffeine in the form of coffee
Learning new stuff
My loving family & friends
Strong Ginger Beer