Telling funny stories. Wordplay. Inexcusable puns.
Inventing recipes; whipping up food that's (hopefully) so delicious people don't notice, or care, it's all vegetarian fare.
Admitting that I'm a vegetarian (no meat, no fish) who loves to eat smoked salmon. (Makes no sense, I know.)
Cooking Ginger Butterscotch Sauce that's so delicious, even people on strict diets demand second, or third, helpings.
Photographing architecture and quirky details.
MOVIES: The Talented Mr. Ripley. Match Point. The Lives of Others. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
TV: The Colbert Report. The Good Wife. Modern Family. Downton Abbey. True Blood. Mad Men. The Catherine Tate Show. Blackadder!
THEATER: Anything Goes. The Book of Mormon. God of Carnage. Current production of Richard III at BAM.
SONGS BY: Cole Porter. Noël Coward. Tom Lehrer. The Gershwins. Kit & the Widow. Norah Jones. Adele.
CLASSICAL: Schubert and Schumann lieder. Beethoven piano quartets. Bach in general. The occasional opera. Young Concert Artists' youthful virtuosos.
FOOD: Freshly made salsa verde. Ginger Butterscotch Sauce. Thai and Indian. Guacamole at Rosa Mexicano. Almost anything on the menu at the new ACME and RedFarm (rave review in New York Times on March 7), my two new favorite New York restaurants.
Apple fetishes (MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone).
Bicycle (ancient, British, charmingly dilapidated).
Bow ties and sneakers.
New York, especially in spring and fall.
Walks on the beach.