I enjoy my life, strive to live it stress free and mostly succeed. I have manners, a good sense of humor, an accurate moral compass, all of my hair and teeth, good credit, and I've never been read my rights! I'm smart enough to know how much I don't know. I value cooperation, respect, and loyalty. I feel good doing nice things for people, and am easy to please without being a pushover. I'm not afraid to make decisions, I have opinions and know how and when to use them, but usually find myself content with the way things develop. I like a good debate without getting to argumentative. I'm very patient with a long fuse and am good at not sweating the little things.
I'm sure that like most people I have too many interests and not enough free time to pursue them! Mostly I like to read, watch TV and movies. I don't think TV is evil, I think you do have to sift through a lot of mindless crap, but there is plenty of quality programming available. Actually, better to let others do the sifting for you! I love to cook and eat good food. I'll go see the occasional band I'm a lifelong Mariners and Seahawks fan, at the very least I get to a few M's games every year. I like road trips; eastern Washington, Idaho, Oregon. I'd get on a plane more often if I had someone to do it with! Probably my favorite hobby is genealogy and related endeavors. Collecting ancestors, their stories, old family photos, and exploring their historical context. I subscribed to Ancestry.com long before their insane marketing blitz started. I recently made my first foray into genetic genealogy, sending my DNA and that of some strategically placed family members for analysis.
I've started running every day and have been eating more sensibly the last few years. I've lost 25 lbs., and would like to lose another 10-15. I hiked a lot when I was younger, I would like to do more in the future.
Books: I do a ton of technical reading for work so I don't read for pleasure as much as I would like. Right now I'm reading a book on the alleged disposition of the Amber Room at the end of World War II, and I'm working on Game of Thrones. Enjoying both so far!
Music: With a few exceptions I pretty much enjoy everything. I'll probably always be most fond of the 70's and 80's rock that I grew up on. Lately I seem to be into a lot of 60's and 70's folk, and 80's new wave.
Movies: I've claimed for at least 20 years now that Reds is my all time favorite film. It has it all! An unbelievable cast, action, adventure, romance, politics, drama, comedy, and even documentary in the form of the witness interviews. Warren Beatty's vision created an epic masterpiece that still holds up today, 34 years later.
Anything by the Coen brothers, especially Millers Crossing and The Big Lebowski. John Sayles, especially Men with Guns, Lone Star, and Eight Men Out. and most Woody Allen, especially Radio Days, Hannah and her Sisters, and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Others I could watch over and over and over again: Children of Paradise, Goodfellas, Memento, The Last Waltz, MASH, Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Sullivans Travels, Magnolia, The Forty Year Old Virgin, Cinema Paradiso, Adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption, A Fish Called Wanda, It Happened One Night, Casablanca, High Fidelity and a lot more I'm probably forgetting at the moment.
TV: Psych, 30 Rock, Dexter, The West Wing, HIMYM, Colbert and Stewart, The Office, Arrested Development
Comedy: Ron White, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock, George Carlin,Penn & Teller, Lewis Black.
Food: Italian, Mexican, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Seafood, Burgers, Steak. Breakfast anytime of the day!
I love eggs and would love to have space to have chickens someday...and maybe some goats.
I have some mild OCD tendencies, like re-checking doors to make sure they're locked and such.
I don't mind romantic comedies now and then.
Spell check is my friend. Where can I find grammar check and run on sentence check?