I've done a lot in and with my life, but'm not done learning and certainly haven't figured it all out yet. I have a passion for passion. I generally enjoy and appreciate life - the good and the bad. Since I moved to Portland over 6 years ago after a dozen years in Santa Monica, CA, I miss living close to the ocean so go visit the beach every few months (in OR, WA, and/or CA). I'm quite fond of gardens and have memberships at the Portland Chinese & Japanese Gardens (as well as PAM) which I try to visit at least once a season. It's fascinating working to find photos I've not yet taken each time...and taking a shot from the same spot each time and seeing how it changes. Still belong to Huntington Gardens in SoCal and manage to visit some each year as well, although it's been a while now that the frequency of my trips now yonder've fallen way off.
If you wanna know more, ask. I don't generally pay attention to the concept of TMI.
I've long enjoyed hiking and camping and'm also interested in doing more boating when it gets a tad warmer. I feel comfortable in my two-person canoe on a lake, and've done river canoeing, but only w/someone far more experienced who I trust.
From March - October 2011, I completed the All Trails Challenge (ATC), in other words, I hiked/biked all 80+ miles of trails in Forest Park to raise money for the Forest Park Conservancy. It was great! In 2012, I hiked more than half of Waterfall Wanderlust, Friends o' the Columbia River Gorge's list of 25 waterfall hikes, in the process exploring some awesome areas I'd not yet seen, as well as returning to a few of my classic faves. Am woefully outta shape now, but plan to get my fitness back and return for more hiking (when it dries up some) and snapshoot-shooting in these spots...and elsewhere (suggestions 'n' company welcome).
FYI: What I'm NOT really good at is signing out when I'm done on-line. This means if OKC says I'm On-Line, it's not necessarily so.
Fave books...hmm, gonna stick this down as my fave for now and'll add more as the whimsy hits: My Family & Other Animals (G Durrell).
I'm an omnivore and enjoy good food of all sorts. I enjoy exploring food-spots/tastes. Show me yours and I'll show you mine. (Fave foods ;-)
Movies/shows on my heavy-rotation list that I'd like to turn you onto and/or watch again w/you if'n you're already a fan include: The Last Waltz, The Ruling Class, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Better Than Chocolate, Rivers & Tides, A Knight's Tale, Motel Hell, Read or Die, Waiting for Guffman, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Looney Tunes/Warner Bros classic cartoons, Black Adder, The Tick (cartoon), Repo Man, Firefly/Serenity, Bedazzled (1967 original), Secretary, The Princess Bride, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.
Movies I've seen more than any others over the years: Rocky Horror, Star Wars, The Warriors.
I love musicals (both live theater and movies).
I don't have cable so only watch TV if'n it's stuff that I hear good thing 'bout from others and can get for free/cheap (borrowing DVDs, NetFlix instant-view, and/or rental from Movie Madness). I've recently(ish) enjoyed watching Lie to Me, Futurama, Dexter, Weeds, Damages, some new-school Dr Who, and some classic BBC/PBS Mysteries, along w/Downton Abbey, Burn Notice (oh...Bruce Campbell), Warehouse 13, Eureka, House of Cards. I want to watch Dr Horrible again sometime, but'd rather do it w/someone else as that adds to the fun.
Music: I like it lots, 'specially live. What I listen to varies wildly, although I'd like to know more about classical music. I have and create soundtracks for various stages of my life, for particular situations, for moods and events and people who matter to me. Currently, there's over 414 GB of music on my iTunes (external hard drive), but I've got another few hundred CDs to add once/IF I get back to that project...sigh. I also still have nearly all my mix tapes (cassettes) - and the ability to play 'em.
Eating good food.
Visiting the ocean every few months.
Sunshine on my shoulders now and again.