Am I a pessimistic idealist, or an idealistic pessimist? The order is important, I imagine, but it's a little less intuitive than the cart and the horse.
I have a creative compulsion. I feel driven to make things: songs and stories mostly. I also dabble in the production and recording side of music. I can be fairly critical of my creative output, but I like to think it is part of a quest for perfection, or at the very least, self improvement.
I have a mental list of far away-places. to visit so long I'm not sure I'll ever complete them in my lifetime, especially since I do want to return to the ones I've been to previously (Japan and Ireland. Other prime candidates on that list include: Most of Scandinavia (Sweden, Finland, etc. al), Egypt, New Zealand, Israel and Germany.
I once accepted two large chocolate brownies as payment for an acoustic gig. Sadly, that coffee shop closed six months later. Looking back on it, maybe the payment-in-brownies was a sign.
Music released in the 80s featuring one or more distorted guitars and/or gigantic singable pop hooks.
One of the best compliments I was ever paid came from my teaching mentor, and was simply 'You sure know how to take a punch and keep going.'
Stuff outside those genres include Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Morgan Llewelyn, Bei Dao, Luo Guanzhong, Gu Cheng. I'm also a quasi history buff.
Movies: Blade Runner, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Serenity, The Princess Bride, Tombstone, The Seven Samurai, Howl's Moving Castle, The Quick and the Dead, Equilibrium, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pitch Black, all things Akira Kurosawa and Zhang Yimou.
I'm falling way behind on the moviewatching front lately.
Television: Firefly, Jericho, Criminal Minds, Scrubs, Rome, Bones, Leverage. Shows I like have a bad habit of getting cancelled, sadly.
Music: Far, far too much to list. Music, even moreso than books, is something I talk and think entirely too much about. Everything from the Gin Blossoms, Iron Maiden, Jeff Buckley, Siam Shade, Loreena McKennit, L'arc~en~ciel, , The Cure and U2 to Savatage, Deep Purple, Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Porcupine Tree, Eluveitie, Therion, Orphaned Land, Iced Earth, Queensryche, Blind Guardian and Dan Swano's Nightingale. I was raised on metal by an older brother, but every genre has its gems. I'll listen to (almost) anything once.
In terms of composers - Hans Zimmer, Joel Goldsmith, Basil Poledouris, Jeremy Soule, Yasunori Mitsuda, Motoi Sakuraba, Nobuo Uematsu, Yuki Kajiura, Yoko Kanno.
Basically, anything with a good melody, lyrics or awesome riffs and I'm sold, regardless of the genre, though I have a special place for moody prog rock. I think Opeth is arguably one of the most significant musical acts of the last 20+ years.
Food: I was practically raised on Italian food, but I think sushi or any sort of Japanese food, along with Indian, usurped the top two spots. Thai food is a contender, as well.
2) Guitars. Plural. Can we sneak basses in here as well?
3) Reading material.
4) Pen & Paper. (Or possibly pencil. Erasers are useful, after all.) 5) A sense of wonder.
Maybe I should have substituted something cool, like a harrier jet.
The origin of things. (Songs, words, events). There's something intriguing about the story of what came from where.
Where the Down Boys actually go.
Why the UK covers of novels are always so much cooler than the American ones.
Why the Japanese bonus tracks on albums are often better than many of the album tracks.
You actually know where the Down Boys go.