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 as a hobbyist 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
recent live music exploration has included Storm Large, Matt
Schofield (blues guitar), The Butthole Surfers, Ting Tings, Eric
McFadden (many times, 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, AFI, Polica,
Capital Cities, Queens of the Stone Age, Sheila E., Art Alexakis
(Everclear), Arctic Monkeys, Roy Rogers, and some more I can't
recall. I have tickets to upcoming shows Fitz (again!), The Foals
with Cage the Elephant (I'm going for Cage), Bryan Ferry, The
Colourist (will be my 3rd time in the past year), Pet Shop Boys,
Johnny Winter, Queens OTSA (again), Wayne Shorter, Trombone Shorty,
The Faint, Roy Hargrove, Steve Winwood, Linkin Park/30 Seconds To
Mars/AFI, Ringo Starr (with Todd!), and Franz Ferdinand.
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. I just watched About Time
and I loved it so much- can even squeeze in one more quote:
"The truth is I now don't travel back at all, not even for the day,
I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to
this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my
extraordinary, ordinary life." -from About Time
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 am planning
a business trip to Munich in November (Electronica), but will make
it a vacation too, visiting friends and colleagues in Switzerland,
Liechtenstein, and Austria. 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),
Mexico, So Cal (Disneyland multiple times), West Marin/N. Coast
(multiple weekend trips), Healdsburg (spend most of my summer
weekends there), Arizona, New Orleans (the Super Bowl!), and
Washington DC. This year I have some travel already planned for
Vegas (3 trips), Charlotte (at least twice), Toronto, Nashville, my
annual trips to Disneyland and Yosemite, and Portland. I'm saving
miles to take my girls to Italy, but that will probably be next
year. I just sold my car after 225,000 miles and bought a new one
in August- already has 15,000 miles.
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.
Sports: For all you hipsters, please don't rush off to the next
profile just because I like spectator sports. I can bore you to
death with every fantasy baseball stat, or we can never discuss,
it's all good! That being said, I'm a big Giants, Niners, Warrior
fan, with season tickets to the Giants and Warriors, and I usually
go to 1-3 Niner games also.
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.
Even if I did have time, hanging out in a smelly gym with no
windows is not my idea of fun.