Food and wine. I moved out to San Francisco because of its vibrant restaurant culture and proximity to wine country. I help restaurants with their wines programs. My typical day consists of pouring over wine books, researching online, tasting and a healthy dose of overly wordy emails about new wines. The focus for the last three years has been Italian wines and I'm hoping to get to Piemonte later this year. I'm finally acquiescing to the industry and spending more time with Frog wines -- even started doing some Rosetta Stone.
Once upon a time I was an academic...of sorts. Theatre, linguistics/ language and literature -- I actually tried to learn sanskrit once. Maybe some of my professors thought I would have a promising future, though at the time I saw myself more as a mendicant scholar or itinerant renaissance man... But really it's that I like the idea of a journey; talking to everyone, learning what you can from them, and always having something interesting at my ready.
Get back to Europe, across the pond, or another continent. I feel pushed when traveling -- stretched, like I'm reaching -- so I like to be in that mindset. Or at least with someone who puts me there. I'd like to set up shop in Paris for a bit and use it as my home base as I explore Europe more thoroughly. Hit the islands of the Mediterranean and find some yet undiscovered gems. I spent time in Spain during college and didn't even know what I was missing... I found the frog. It's on a skull. Pillar on the right. About three tiers up...oh and drank way too much chocolate con churros. Now, older, wiser, slightly saltier, I'd like to go back and see what happens. At the end of the day I'm just curious to see what happens.