When I was younger, my favorite things in life were peak experiences: Mountain biking up a steep hill or down a rocky trail. Doing the Eskimo roll in an enclosed kayak in the open ocean. Scuba diving off Ensenada and playing with the sea lions. Rock climbing in Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado. Hiking with my grandkids in the high Sierra. Body surfing on a perfect evening in Laguna Beach. Sailing with my son alongside a gray whale off Dana Point as the sun is going down, with no other boats in sight.
I'm a writer--fiction, poetry, journalism. Now working on a comic mystery novel based on a short story published in "Murder at the Beach." I am an artsy creative type.
Literary fiction: “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy, "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad, "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, "Ulysses" by James Joyce, "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner, short fiction by Jorge Luis Borges.
Mystery/thrillers: "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," "Gorky Park" by Martin Cruz Smith, "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow.
Hard to categorize: "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt.
Mainstream fiction: "Here On Earth" by Alice Hoffman.
MOVIES: "The Godfather," "L.A. Confidential," "One-Eyed Jacks," "Thelma And Louse," "Fargo," "Blade Runner," "No Country For Old Men."
MUSIC: Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hind, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Gipsy Kings, Wyclef Jean, and many more.
FOOD: mostly ethnic, including Thai and Mexican. Mostly healthy, more or less.
How to exercise enough to get back my six-pack abs. Lotsa luck with that.
How to tell a really good joke.