I'm pretty decent at navigating dirt roads and baking. Usually it works out pretty well, but there have been a few notable failures in the kitchen and on the rural roads of Nebraska: "no, the road just ends, we're in a cornfield, the map is wrong!"
I have varied taste in movies: The Fog of War is pretty good for intellectual debate; can't go wrong with the Granddady of all Sci-Fi movies, Metropolis - especially with a live band, or 2001: A Space Odyssey; and The Village was a stealth freakout (I love the twist ending). Other winners are Love Me If You Dare, Chungking Express, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (life would be so much easier if I just had to fight your evil-exes in cartoon superviolence, rather than just in your head) in the romantic genre, and for drama, The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) was amazing. Micmacs--is outstanding in terms of a good story, compelling characters, and a great morality suffused through it. Sadly I don't speak French (I do speak Spanish)
At the risk of sounding trite, I like Kenna (thank you Malcolm Gladwell), U2, The Grand National, Michael Nyman, and Philip Glass' newer works. I also rather like BB King and Dave Brubeck. I like to listen to New Sounds on WNYC at night, there's always interesting music on that show.
I'm a vegetable person (by Brian Wansink's taxonomy)--I prefer strong flavors and am pretty adventurous in the kitchen and in terms of palate.
more importantly: I'm a big fan of Saarinen (both), Alvar Aalto, Dieter Rams, Charles and Ray Eames and Naoto Fukasawa, in terms of design. At some point I'm going to have to dive in to the Buckminster Fuller archive at Stanford, and go back to the Disney Family Museum in the Presidio (super cool!)
My bicycle helmet. It's saved my life twice. I'm amazed how much energy that foam can absorb.
Peanuts and peanut butter. I lived on peanut butter in elementary and middle school, and still eat a rather large amount of it. I'd never survive today's peanut-free school lunchroom.
Soap (and mischief and mayhem).
Perhaps less essential but more important is human interaction--I'd rather face the firing line than life in solitary. Also important is inspiration, for I don't think Pascal's lament of a godless world is such a bad thing: finding challenges and seeking to overcome them appears to me to be a decent enough rationale for life, provided the outcomes are positive experience.
also, been raising my public intellectual game recently (I hope the tenure committee doesn't have a problem with my liberal politics) - so that has meant a lot of reading and discussing politics and government.
and you have an interesting answer to "How are you Mad?"