I'm absolutely a foodie. I love all foods, am a proficient and
passionate cook, and can slum it or go fine dining. I make my own
wine and collect wine.
I love all music and am now getting back into live shows- prefer
small clubs. In my newly single life (since 2011), I've caught a
diverse selection of shows. I'll see anything at the Fillmore. My
live music exploration has included Storm Large, Matt Schofield
(blues guitar), The Butthole Surfers, Ting Tings, Eric McFadden
(often with Jane Wiedlin appearing), Squeeze, The Melvins (multiple
times), Unsane, Gotye, Serj Tankian, Bob Dylan with Mark Knopfler,
Jimmy Buffett, the 30th anniversary tour of The Go-Go's, The
Killers (twice), Todd Rundgren, Fitz and the Tantrums (multiple
times), Jimmy Cliff, Spin Doctors, fun, AFI, Polica, Capital
Cities, AFI, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, and some more
I can't recall.
I prefer classic films to the Hollywood formulas, and only wish I
had more time to read (most of my reading is work-related these
days and/or non-fiction).
Directors: Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Coen
Brothers, Stephen Soderberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Orson Welles,
Movies: Auntie Mame, Wizard of Oz, Magnolia, The Swimmer, Some Like
It Hot, Boogie Nights, Blade Runner, Dazed and Confused,
Pleasantville, The Magnificent Ambersons, Forgetting Sarah
Marshall, Goodfellas, Big Lebowski, Mallrats, anything with John
Cusack, Midnight in Paris, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation. Love
going to the Stanford of Castro theaters.
Bands: Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Melvins, AFI, White Stripes (or
anything Jack White), Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Beastie Boys, Todd
Rundgren, and anything 70's/80's with singers higher pitched than
most women (Chicago, Styx, Boston, Kansas...).
Shows: Les Miserables (best ever!), Wicked, The Producers (I saw
rare performance with Jason Alexander and Martin Short), Jersey
Boys, O, Spring Awakenings, Rock of Ages, Lion King. For shows I
love but haven't seen I'd list Annie Get Your Gun, Lady Be Good,
Girl Crazy, Kiss Me Kate.
Travel: I love travel. I used to go to Europe every other year, and
just got back into that, visiting London in October. I like short
trips (7-10 days abroad or long weekends domestically). This year I
visited for work and pleasure (always try to combine the two
London, Hawaii, Oregon (many times), NYC, Charlotte (many times),
Vegas (many times), So Cal (Disneyland multiple times), West
Marin/N. Coast (multiple weekend trips), Healdsburg (spend most of
my summer weekends there), Arizona, New Orleans, and Washington DC.
I just sold my car after 225,000 miles and bought a new one in
August- already have 11,000 miles as of December 1.
Food: I'm in a lifelong search for the world's best burger.
Related, I'm a french fry addict. Sushi (especially waloo, kamachi,
maguro), anything mushroom, truffle and truffle oil, foie gras,
chicken tikka masala, brussels sprouts, smokey BBQ, potstickers,
duck confit, a great fish taco (grilled, with lots of lime),
tapatio, rice wine vinegar, Maille mustard (especially the flavored
ones I get in Europe, but the old style also great), mac n
Restaurants: Sons and Daughters, Wise Sons Deli, Gary Danko, Puerto
27, Farmer Brown, Sir and Star, any restaurant in Healdsburg, Bar
Tartine, Maverick (damn, burned down).
T.V.: Yes, I own a t.v. Two, in fact. I don't know why it's so hip
to say you don't own a t.v.; nor do I know why that automatically
implies I'm a fat, lazy slob. I watch some sports on t.v., and have
two shows going at all times- usually Sundays. Right now that would
be Walking Dead (darn, just ended) and Homeland. Earlier in the
year, it would be Dexter and Game of Thrones.
Exercise: Iyengar yoga, tennis, basketball, golf (customer golf-
I'm NOT a fanatic), walking. I wish I had more time, but for now
focusing on the eating part of the equation- lost 15 lbs this year.