Movies: Say Anything, Amelie, Trainspotting, Goodfellas, True Romance, Super Troopers, Rushmore, Reservoir Dogs, Men Don't Leave, Miller's Crossing, Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski, The Sure Thing, Fargo, Interstellar, and many more!
TV Shows: Breaking Bad, The Wire, Deadwood, Downton Abbey, Billions, Falling Skies, Mad Men, Homeland, Big Bang Theory, Banshee, Black Sails, Shameless (UK and US versions), Sherlock (BBC series). We live now in the age of TV--most of the best writing and filmmaking is happening on the small screen.
Music: Punk and Post Punk, New Wave, Indie and Alt Rock, 70s Glam, Shoegazers, all kinds of Hispanic music (Salsa, Ranchera, Banda, et al.), Jazz, classical, electronic dance music (synth pop, techno, et al.). As Voltaire once said, all styles are good except the boring.
Food: Mediterranean peasant food and Mexican. I prefer simple peasant dishes over haute cuisine. My dear French Mom instilled in me proletarian principles in cooking that I cling to with all my heart.
Did I mention I write? The following are links to some of my better essays and fiction:
A Nightmare on 22nd Street - A memoir of the worst year of my life
A War Story - A memoir of my experience during the 1987 USS Stark disaster
Je suis auteur français - A brief biography of my famous French Great Uncle Marc Bernard
Goodbye, Mom - A brief essay from a momma's boy after losing her
Epilogue: The Avenging Midgets and Other Heroes in My Life - The last chapter of my first novel
The Shroud of Ernie - Humorous fiction
All Hail the Murder Machines - A brief essay expressing my views on guns in our society