I have a philosophy of lifetime improvement, or Kaizen (according to the Japanese). Some of my best experiences in life have been outside and rather adventurey, but NYC has been fun. I have no enemies. I like being crafty and doing more with less. As in, "all I need is a pair of pliers and a pile of trash" (I can thank my dad for that skill, as well as countless Central American dudes for showing me how to fix a carbeurator with a piece of chewing gum and a nail...) I guess that sense of material efficiency may partially explain why my career has revolved around saving energy in buildings and finding a way to work less hours. I am also down with the Tao. I recently read about the ninja ethos in the karate store and it turn out I am pretty damn ninja ;)
Trying to both improve & enjoy the world makes it hard to plan the day. That's a quote from TS Elliott, I think. I have more fun mountain biking around the city than anyone I know (well, there is actually no one else). Me keywords include hiking, camping, surprises, floating, surfing, DIY, snowboarding, free-diving, socialism, spear fishing, dance parties (1 or more people), and of course tree climbing. Occasional yoga for meditation.
For work, I'm an engineer making buildings more energy efficient.
Not taking things for granted.
Appreciating simple things.
Starting campfires, and sometimes house fires.
Owning my possessions and not vice versa. Mostly used/vintage/gifted/found.
Blending into the cultures of the places that I travel.
Art nights with friends.
Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.