the qualities I admire most in people are eloquence, humor, and moral courage, followed by knowledgeability and cat ownership
Now and then I contemplate grad school (like every good millennial with a woefully anti-pragmatic degree), aiming to cultivate my higher faculties. But inevitably and invariably I'll encounter a raft of articles warning that post-grad education is a path to peonage, and that I'm better off learning air conditioner repair. ("No, Financial Aid Application, I do not have 'overseas assets.' I am sitting on a lawn chair indoors.")
-music (filling up hard drives, going to shows)
-bar trivia (I have a long story about how we "won" Team Trivia nationals a few years ago, but "didn't")
-books (in case sudden disaster leaves the world without normal bricks? always a boyscout.)
-my friends (or their paid surrogates)
-dictionaries/encyclopedias (mind the gaps)
and, if we go out, you intend to ask questions about me as well; maybe there's some sociological insight to be gained from the fact, but I can't tell you how many dates I've gone on with fellow OkQ-ers which have devolved into a kind of interview, wherein a buzzed [me] asks how many siblings my date has, then pauses...and pauses some more...and finally asks where she grew up, etc.