One of the most essential things about me is the need to travel. I grew up in a lifestyle where I was never in one country for longer than about four years, and I tend to like it that way. That doesn't mean that once I leave a place I'll never be back, just that I have the need for fresh experiences.
Ought to be fun.
One a more personal level, I'd say I'm a good cook, and that it's easy to relax around me.
Overall though? Some people will point out how much of a difference there is when I switch gears. That there is a huge distinction between me on a personal and friendly level, and me while I'm in work mode. I'll still be a nice guy, no worries about that, just that there is an attitutde shift.
Books might be a bit trickier, but the main contenders here are the "Song of Ice and Fire" series. Yes, I read it back when it was still a book, before it was made into the amazing HBO show. Although my favorite book saga would definitely be the "Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan. I grew up with those books, and I know I'll keep revisiting them all my life. After that, probably a more common mix of Jules Vernes, Tolkien, Bujold, and some Cherryh.
When it come to music I honestly haven't had that much time to just sit back and listen to some lately, so I have to make do with whatever floats my way online or on a radio. Like with everyone, my music prefference is greatly affected by my mood, so expect anything from Ray Charles, through Gorillaz, all the way to AC/DC. One stable item will however always be Daft Punk however, I love those french bastards to death.
If you read anything else about me, then you might be wondering how come I'm not babbling about my movie choices, the answer is simple. There are too many to list, and I myself don't know which ones are my favorite. It's easier to just leave it at saying that Tarantino and Scorsese are the directors who influence me the most.
Finding myself in strange new situations.
Great food and the chance to prepare it.
The irregular moments of reunion over a glass of wine with friends from halfway around the globe.
Escapes from reality and into fantastic worlds. Be it films, books, games, or long-winded debates.
The ability to be irresponsible at times and let loose my inner Calvin (Hobbes may or may not be included).
Not buying it? Ok. How about, everything is permitted. There are no typical Friday nights, just seven nights in a week that are up to you to fill with activities you enjoy the most. If you fill all 7 then I tip my hat to you and it will probably unlock VIP access for you to the top secret Michelin star private restaurant, free of charge for people who live life to the fullest. Oh and you get a +1 there, so you know, try and remember who tipped you off about the whole thing *ahem*.