Going to plays, going to movies (especially at AFI and E Street), singing showtunes (to myself or for an audience), eating food, drinking beer (or something else), reading the New Yorker, talking about recent New Yorker articles, watching quality (or occasionally not-so-quality) television, reading cultural commentary about quality (or occasionally no-so-quality) television, spending time with a good group of friends (which includes a not insignificant number of heterosexuals), GChatting, reading random things on the Internet when I'm supposed to be working, keeping up with Twitter feeds of writers I like, commenting on the Facebook statuses of people I haven't seen since college.
I work as a journalist. On most days, I like it well enough. My job does not define my existence.
I'm very into the arts, particularly theater. I used to act in college and sometimes I miss it. For a while I sang in a chorus here in town (not the gay men's chorus), but it's not quite the same.
I love art museums but don't go to the ones in DC as often as I might like.
I have a season subscription to one of the major theaters in town. Wanna join me for a show?
Knowing random shit without knowing how I know it. I have, in fact, been on two television quiz shows.
I have an excellent sense of direction.
I sing a mean karaoke. Standards include Tainted Love and Ray of Light (yes).
Also: I'm much funnier in person than I am when writing profiles, I swear. No, really.
Titles: Going Clear, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, anything by Sedaris, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Praying for Sheetrock, C Street, Nothing to Envy, on and on...
Movies: Waiting for Guffman, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Napoleon Dynamite, The Hours, Vanya on 42nd Street, The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version), When the Cat's Away...
Music. Not gonna lie: I'm pretty into showtunes. But only the good ones, not the crappy ones. (Sondheim yes! Andrew Lloyd Webber no.) But I also enjoy some of that indie rock stuff that the kids like these days.
I like it when people make mixes for me.
Food: I will eat (and enjoy) pretty much anything you put in front of me, with the exception of most shellfish. Believe me, I have tried to like clams and oysters and such, and I just can't do it. I do enjoy sushi, but only straightforward fish like tuna and salmon. I'll pass on the eel, thanks.
TV: Mad Men. Six Feet Under. Downton Abbey (without pretending it's actually highbrow). Looking. Broad City. Orange Is the New Black. HBO and PBS Documentaries. Girls. The Good Wife. The Amazing Race. Hotel Impossible, Restaurant Impossible. SNL. The Daily Show. Jeopardy! Many delightful shows on the Food Network. (Except Guy Fieri. Never Guy Fieri.)
Ideally, you like (or at least are not allergic to) cats.