I enjoy playing the violin and cello, watching movies, video games, playing cards and some TV; mostly educational stuff like Discovery and History Channel, but I also like cooking challenge shows, anime, and comedies in general. I like doing things that get me outside the home such as bowling, going to parks, hitting the gym, and shooting pool among others. I'm also a voracious reader; anything from fantasy to tech manuals. I've always had strong interests in computers, music, astronomy, weather and machinery/cars, so I guess you could say I'm a geek. I like to meet cool people that I can hold a interesting conversation with, but am also a great listener. I'm open to trying new things and am always up for having a good time. I enjoy going out, but I'm just as content to lounge around at home and enjoy some games or movies with some friends.
I have some interest in photography, enough that I went and bought an expensive camera, but I haven't used it much. I like to travel, especially road trips because I enjoy driving, but I haven't had the free time to rove around much for a while, else I'd probably be using that camera a lot more. I haven't been out of the country yet, but there are many places I'd like to visit including Japan, Ireland, Australia and several others. It's not just seeing the sights that interests me, but immersing myself in a different culture. That's why I took all those Japanese classes in high school; maybe one day I'll get to use it.
My creative side doesn't get as much of a workout as I'd like these days between work and school, but I do enjoy drawing. I used to have some talent when I was younger, so I've been trying to redevelop that ability. I also like to write sometimes when the mood strikes me. I'm a bit of a romantic, and that will occasionally influence my writing. It also influences how I handle relationships. I'm all about elaborate, romantic nights on the town. Whimsical, random, or casual dates are also great, but I've always enjoyed putting together something a little more classy and memorable now and then.
Altogether, I like to have a good time and I can be fairly creative in discovering ways to have it.
Outside of that, I'm just enjoying what life brings me.
As a long-time collector of useless facts and trivia, I'm also pretty good with insightful and entertaining quotes; Chinese and Japanese proverbs to sagacious pearls of wisdom from Futurama and Family Guy. After all, "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
I'm also good at random acts of kindness! If you're behind me at a drive-thru, you may get to the window to discover I paid for your food. If you've had a down week at work, you might find a vase of flowers on your desk with a card that only has your name. Does there need to be a special occassion for an occassion to become special? So I guess that also means I'm good at being a hopeless romantic.
I like a variety of movies; especially comedies and action movies. I also like theme movies, such as zombies and vampires, or fantasy movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I really enjoy going to the drive-in on Saturday nights for their triple-features.
My musical taste is pretty varied. I listen to a little bit of everything, but I'm not a big fan of rap. I also enjoy a lot of ethnic/world music, from Asian to Middle Eastern and more. I love Celtic and folk music, so I'm a big fan of Celtic Woman and Loreena McKennitt. Some other favorite bands include Evanescence, Dream Theater, Journey, Kamelot, Within Temptation, Dragonforce, Conjure One, Leaves' Eyes and Lacuna Coil. I love classical music and go to see the symphony orchestra play when I can, or an opera on the rare occasion. I also listen to a bit of techno, prog, and rock. Like I said, a little bit of everything. I've recently really gotten into symphonic metal and have fallen in love with Nightwish and Sirenia. The violin is my passion, and so I love any music that is written for or prominently features violins, including arrangements and covers. Lucia Micarelli is a beast; if she plays it, I'll probably love it.
I love food, but I'm terrible at making it. I'm trying to teach myself to cook, and while I have a ways to go, I am improving. My favorite ethnic foods are Chinese and Japanese, but I also enjoy Italian and Mexican. While I'm not the greatest cook, I'm pretty handy with a grill (though every guy should be) and have my own recipe for great burgers. I have a particular weakness for steak and fettuccini alfredo.
3. My 2 violins and cello, all of which have names
4. My job
5. A good book
6. A good laugh
Wait, are we supposed to say something embarrassing? In that case, I've been moved to tears on multiple occasions by the incredibly stirring soundtrack to Journey, the only video game ever to have its musical score nominated for a Grammy. The composer, Austin Wintory, is a big hero of mine. Edit: I got to meet him in person! He's as wonderful as I expected, and he even drew a cute little doodle on my violin case. :)