Loyal to a fault: I'm probably tagged on my friends' phones as the person to call when they need to hide a body and/or in case of eventual Soviet invasion (I half-apologize for this joke having gotten less funny lately).
"Bleiben will ich, wo ich nie gewesen bin."
Triathlons, Thai Food, and Tough Mudder
Practicing being really bad at calligraphy
... but simultaneously being grown-up kid who will build a tower of Legos, smash it down, and build it all over again... all with equal gusto.
Drinking home-distilled St. Petersburg-style vodka and taste-testing for my friend's brewery... it's a hard life sometimes.
Almost never letting my canoe tip over... almost never
Definitely Eckhart Tolle, Robert Jordan, Douglas Adams, Thoreau and my former sorta-neighbor Chuck Palahniuk.
'Freakonomics' and 'The World in Six Songs'...basically anything that expands my worldview. Or just blazing through a fun read like Fear and Loathing...
'Don Quixote', 'Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?', and 'The Forest People' make my feet itchy.
I have geeked out on fantasy lit at times but lately have been on a history kick.
I think it is fair to include good comics in this list of print media so I'll start with a mandatory Calvin and Hobbes as well as XKCD, SMBC, and Perry Bible Fellowship to represent the interwebs.
I love Tarantino flicks, Kubrick classics, and am developing my Kurosawa palate. Nolan, Ritchie, and other mind-stretchers are all amazing people. Wes Anderson is interesting as well, and while Rushmore is among my favorites the gold and silver of his work has to go to the much-maligned Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Why these are my favorites makes for a great, if longer, conversation starter.
Pixar puts out solid films that ensure I will never grow up too much...also Studio Ghibli.
City of God has me in awe. Sure, there are plenty of similar movies about struggle; this one just resonates the deepest.
Major bonus points to anyone who has ever seen World Safari (the ones with Alby and John)!!
I eat anything a fevered culinary mind can cook up. MY fevered culinary mind wants to cook more Thai and seafood, and my coworker's homemade Indian (Malayali) is to die for, but I still need to build up my tolerance to spice :-P
Lately also been making more flatbreads, especially Naan, and coming up with new hummus recipes.
-Family who accept me even when I am not yet the person I see myself becoming
-One biannual river canoeing trip with my best friend to restore my sanity
-Running, working, or just moving to let my body buzz with life
-A horseback ride across Mongolia
-Having access to a dog even when I can't realistically have one myself.
Aligning human nature more closely with cultural practice while still pushing ourselves beyond petty instincts.
Dancing and how ridiculous I look doing it
Crushing contenders at bubble soccer
I've also written some, ahem, "well-received" erotica.
-Overuse parentheses or ellipses... (like I do)
-You have a go-bag and are equally ready for urban exploration or outdoor adventures
-I have something to teach you, or you have something to teach me