I love board games. Really, I've always loved games of all sorts...I had my first Monopoly set when I was 8 or so, and the collection has only grown since then. A few years ago I discovered European-style board games, like Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico and such, and found out that there are groups of people around here who gather to play them, and it's been great.
What have I been playing? Well, some of my favorites include Notre Dame, F.I.T.S., Dominion, Pandemic (especially the dice game!), and Tichu, the greatest card game in the known universe. :) Oh, and I'll play damned near any party game on the planet: Time's Up, Scattergories, Codenames, anything where you have to communicate something indirectly to your teammate(s), I'm there. If a professional Password league ever starts up, I'll quit my job.
I've loved video games from Day One, pretty much, particularly the classics. I'm pretty firmly in the Microsoft ecosystem right now (shocker, I know); I have an Xbox 360 and Xbox One hooked up to my TV, but stored away in the closet are consoles going all the way back to the Atari 2600. I was into rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band before either of those existed. :)
I'm also into cooking...I've always loved to cook, but living on my own has brought me to realize that my mom is an INCREDIBLE cook, and taught me well. Good Eats is one of my favorite shows on television, and I've had the honor of meeting the master, Alton Brown, in person on two occasions now. (I have all of his books, three of 'em signed. Phear.)
I watch a lot of TV, and I am shameless in doing so: yes, I watch reality shows. I've been a fan of game shows since I was *this* high, too. (Really, why hide it?)
I'm also big fans of hockey and soccer (go Sharks, go Sounders!). Seattle isn't so much of a hockey town (yet); I fell in love with the game when I was in college and the San Jose Sharks were just moving into their new arena on the other side of downtown San Jose. (I try to get down there every year for the first couple of home games.) Also, I serve as the public address announcer for the Seattle Women's Hockey Club annual benefit. It's a lot of fun.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a geek. And I'm fine with being a geek; everyone should be. I am addicted to this never-ending stream of information called the Internet, enough so that I get the snappies if I'm away from it too long. (I just like being connected and having that flow of input; it's probably a lot like how a smoker feels.) If I'm not at one of my computers, I generally either have my cellphone and my WiFi-enabled iPod Touch within arms reach.
Why'm I here? Well, right now I'm between things. But I've made friends here and like staying in touch with them, and would like to make more friends, and just see how it goes.
(Would you like to know more? A really good way to do it would be to take a stroll over to http://fredsmythe.com.)
Movies: I'm not very indie, I'm afraid. Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters are three of my favorites. Someone once pointed out that I must really like Bill Murray since he's in all three, and I'd never made that connection before that moment. So maybe I should see Lost In Translation and become more indie.
Music: I grew up in the 80's. I apparently never grew *out* of them, though. Duran Duran, Def Leppard (and some other hair rock, but especially Leppard), Dead Or Alive, Thompson Twins, Culture Club...you get the idea.
Food: Wow. I suppose Asian is my favorite cuisine, if I was forced to choose, with Mexican close behind. Indian's up there, too. But I'm really open to new culinary ideas (after growing up as an impossibly fussy eater) and I'll try pretty much anything.
A computer with high-speed Internet access. TiVo. A Tichu deck. Some kind of video game, between my Xbox One and my Xbox 360. My iPod.