About what I'm actually like - while I tend to define things my own way, I would definitely classify myself as an extrovert. I like to talk to interesting people. I'm curious about many varied things, and I like to do a lot with each day. My sense of humor - well, it's broad but unique. I grew up in a small town in Montana and did a lot of backpacking and traveling growing up, and I'm proud of that. I definitely have a strong taste for city things as well - going out, arts, etc. I lived in London and Madison and will probably return to "the city" someday, wherever that may be.
I like energy and a willingness to think outside of the box. Things I like to do day-to-day include following international news (i.e. avoiding CNN), reading the Economist, watching a variety of film, and finding a new way to squeeze my vacation days to allow another trip. Things I like to do less regularly include classical music, skiing, hiking outside, and going out. I am not political and don't really have an ideology - my values are well defined and as far as I'm concerned it's about as useful to blame someone for their political beliefs as to blame them for the size of their nose. I'm more interested in personalities of anyone I've met anyway.
But when I don't know something, I'm not shy about admitting it, and I love it when people can tell me something I don't know. World's way too big to be parochial or stuck on where you are right this minute.
(A) Recent new favorite: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and its sequel "Bring Up the Bodies." Incredible books. Also am reading "The Quest" by Daniel Yergin about energy policy - it's a fun book to read and it qualifies for professional development, so double rainbow. I read "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the shortcomings of modern risk modeling and "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis - up my alley. Got about three books I'm reading in some stage right now - you'll have to ask.
(B) High Fidelity. Layer Cake. Thank You for Smoking. Office Space. The Jason Bourne movies. The 40 Year Old Virgin. Heat. Swingers. LA Confidential. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Casino Royale. In the Loop (big ups). Most of the Coen Brothers (hey, I even liked Intolerable Cruelty).
(C) I have very varied taste. Jamiroquai. A lot of funk - the old favorites. Some jazz and hip-hop. Classical - strong preferences here. Green Day.
(D) Spicy stuff. Ethnic food of pretty much any type. I spent time in Hungary, France, and Germany, so those are favorites both for eating and cooking. I like to play around with Thai food too. I enjoy making apple soup.
TV Picks: Arrested Development and Mad Men. I like a lot of British miniseries as well (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, State of Play, Carlos). And I don't believe in guilty pleasures - whatever the genre, if it's well done it's worth watching.
On less serious matters, I could (and probably will do my best to) live anywhere. I don't want to speak ill of where I live, but I'm here to work and it's not where I want to be when I'm 60.