I think my friends would describe me as thoughtful, sincere, irreverent, playful and maybe a bit eccentric. I feel I'm at my best around people who are passionate about ideas, comfortable in their skin, and who are emotionally and socially curious. I really like learning from others (and in more recent years, teaching students who genuinely care about a topic).
My favorite two people in the world are probably my little nephews (who excitingly just recently moved from London to Seattle)-- though my baby niece is surging up the ranks. All three are very cute, and my nephews are scarily observant little guys with a deceptive knack for Uno. Bono is somewhere in my top ten. Admittedly, I watch way too much television. Mainly reality shows (all 27 seasons of Survivor, love SYTYCD) and sports (with strong loyalties to my Vikings, but also many hours of NBA, golf, grand slam tennis - hoping that poor Fed can capture at least 1 more slam before his racket must be hung), unless its a campaign year (which arguably is a lavishly funded 2 year reality show...). However, I'm not averse to the quality scripted drama or comedy (e.g., Modern Family, The Tudors, Rome -- the Wire, Breaking Bad and early West Wing are on the docket, and are being saved for some future summer).
I have an insatiable appetite for movies (and movie critique). Chris Nolan, Sam Mendes, David Fincher, PTA and well, Spielberg are current (living) favorites. I've been battling a lip balm addiction for 15 years, and a caffeine addiction for five years (I have 4 espresso machines in different locations). I'm curious why people do the things they do, and i feel lucky that i get to study that for a living.