Ah, the holidays are upon us. Sipping brandy by the fire, with the music low, watching the snow fall outside. Cruising the slopes and snowshoeing in the woods. Not to mention gorging on holiday food. Peppermint everything!
Me? I grew up in the Denver area, but never really properly appreciated the mountains before moving away. Now that I'm back, I've been finding a nice hike or ride is an excellent way to get some perspective. Also potentially on the docket: fun cultural excursions, sushi/pho/thai/indian restaurants, happy hours, coffee and chitchat, ...
You'll find me at my best when I'm engaged, when I'm challenged, and when I'm curious. I'd be lost without goals to strive for, plans to hatch, and hurdles to clear.
Professionally: I moved out to San Diego a few years back for a consulting gig, then moved out to New York for a position doing healthcare claims analysis, and then finally came back to Colorado to be with friends and family. Currently, I am working as a developer/analyst for a marketing services firm.
Recreationally: I do a lot of cycling, since I'm pretty close to Cherry Creek park (DTC area). I got in my first snowboarding season earlier this year, which was awesome. My big summer project is to get into scuba diving (hatching plans to dive Honduras or the Philippines at some point). I tried back country ski touring this year - challenging, but fun! I definitely want to do more hikes this summer.
What else? Solving problems. Being patient and objective. Never misplacing anything. Keeping promises. Keeping secrets (seriously, I think that there might only be one or two other people left on Earth who can actually keep a secret if asked to).
Movies: A couple that come to mind: A Beautiful Mind, A Scanner Darkly, Fight Club, Inception, Kill Bill, The Matrix, Memento, Office Space, Pi, Pulp Fiction, Requiem for a Dream, Sin City, Snatch, Team America - World Police, Trainspotting, Waking Life. Netflix thinks I have a thing for comedy and "cerebral" pics.
Shows: Niche sitcoms (RIP 30 Rock / The Office), off-color comedies (Southpark, Family Guy). Some Discovery programs (Mythbusters FTW). Daily show and Colbert. Game of Thrones - at first so I would have more conversation material with various acquaintances, but now just because I've gotten kind of into it. Catching up on Walking Dead at the moment.
Food: I'm on a mad Asian kick lately. Know any good Asian Fusion places I haven't tried yet? More generally just about any ethnic cuisine rates highly with me.
When I'm more focused: National and world events, and what they mean. Career and academic goals.
When I'm less focused: Brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Internet culture. Language, psychology, and social dynamics. Whatever other oddball topics I can concoct in the name of procrastination.