"This afternoon, I got onto an elevator already occupied by a stranger and, after seeing the button for the floor I wanted lit, proceeded to press the button a second time. I don't know why I did that. Perhaps I did it to assure the stranger that I had a legitimate reason to be there and was not, in fact, there to murder him."
"My sister-in-law asked for beer infused with angel's tears for Christmas. I think I've got a line on some angel's tears, but does anyone know where I can get some beer?"
"You know you live in Chicago when you'd go out and take a train to the grocery store in 9 degree weather rather than lose your great parking spot ..."
"I saw a woman I somewhat know from the rock climbing gym while riding home on the 'L' this evening. Before exiting the train after our very brief conversation, she remarked, 'I didn't recognize you at first without your harness on.' I don't think she realized how that may have sounded to our fellow passengers ..."
"I had to stop into Target to pick up a small bathroom wastebasket. After picking up said basket, I wandered to several different departments to check for other household nicknacks, including a new knife block set to replace my rapidly failing cutlery system. A few minutes later a security guard was in that same spot securing all the knives in their boxes. I've convinced myself that a call went out to security about a crazy guy cradling a wastebasket wandering around the store and that they should make sure all the knives are still there."
"This morning I exited my apartment through the back stairwell as I had to take out some trash to the dumpster in the alley. As I closed the door, I heard some shuffling on the ground floor beneath me and catch a glimpse of a teenage boy pulling out a smart phone, popping the buds in his ears and striking a casual pose. I hear there is second guy down there. Whatever they were up to, I didn't want it on my back stairwell. I put on my "stern face", walk down the stairs, look at the kid and say "How's it goin'." He mumbles "ok". As I turn the corner to get a look at the other guy, it turns out to be a teenage girl who smiles sweetly and gives out drawn out "hiiii." I haven't stopped an early morning drug deal; I've interrupted a before-school liaison! I'm a monster!"
Books that I've enjoyed, but didn't necessarily rock my world: anything by Terry Pratchett (fantasy funny man), anything by Iain M. Banks (sci-fi). anything I've read by Vernor Vinge, I'm a big sci-fi and non-fiction fan
Currently reading: "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa - a Japanese epic often compared as the Japanese "Gone with the Wind"
Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, In The Mood For Love, Oldboy, Amelie, anything by Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson, the Coen brothers, Ang Lee, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Chan-wook Park
Television: Can they make any more "Breaking Bad"?, for ongoing series, I try to wait until the season is done and then binge, I'm not always (usually) successful
Current Bands: Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Deb Talan ("Show me a girl with a guitar who's had her heart broken and I'll listen." - Matthew Perry)
Food: Thai, sushi, pub food
Movies (foreign and domestic)
Travel/Exploration/Adventure (My travel is usually based around exploration or adventure.)
Family (This list isn't in order of importance.)
I'll have to contemplate the last one.
Oh, yeah, and ethics and what it means to be human. Hence, the sci-fi bent.