I love to read - fiction, nonfiction, news. Those that know me know my opinions on things. I'm fascinated by things like philosophy, politics, art, and history... even though I might feel out of my league, I love to talk about that stuff and push my boundaries.
I love music. I've played in bands since I was in high school. These days I play guitar and sing with a little folk-type combo, really just me and a few friends for fun. I also love listening to music - many kinds, a lot of classical (Beethoven is my shit), jazz, rock, other. Time is boring without music to decorate it (I think Frank Zappa said that).
I love linguistics and languages (it was my major back in college). Etymologies are my favorite part of the dictionary! I speak a bit of Chinese after spending some time there teaching English after college. Words are just the greatest - did you know that apothecary, bodega, and boutique all come from the same Greek word meaning "storehouse"? But they are different because one came via Norman French, one via Spanish, and one via modern French. Awesome!