However, after two years I was ready to move back and now I'm back in suburban Chicago living with a few friends. I get to work the same job remotely which I must say is pretty fantastic! I enjoy being able to work from home.
I love playing music; currently I only play with friends for random cover band get-togethers every once and a while. Occasionally a friend's solo act needs a backup guitarist/bassist spot that I will gladly fill! I also have my own music project that I write and record for whenever I have time, although this has been put on hold for a while as I focus on my job. So who the hell knows when that'll come back...
I enjoy playing video games! As you might have figured, seeing as I'm a programmer I also happen to be a major geek. I grew up playing lots of Nintendo games, particularly Zelda. I am a huge fan of Final Fantasy and RPG games in general. Lately I've been playing Dark Souls quite a bit... I also enjoy watching movies, anime, and various TV shows on Netflix and Hulu.
I don't care much for watching sports, but if you're a sports fan, I'm cool with that. Just don't expect me to care if the team you love loses =D. I do love playing tennis, though! I still suck at it, but I am trying to learn how to play properly. I took some beginner lessons a while back... haha
I really want to spend time traveling the world when I have enough money to, but it's okay if I don't any time soon. I want to become more proficient in other languages; I'm currently learning Japanese, and would like to learn German and Chinese as well.
Overall, I'm a pretty simple guy. While I do love going out sometimes, I generally find myself most comfortable at home with few to no people, just hanging out.
I moved to Detroit for two years for a full time software development job, and now currently work the same job from home back in the Chicago suburbs.
I enjoy programming a lot! I particularly like video game programming and I hope one day to get back to doing that again.
I write and record my own music, although it's been hard keeping up working full time and all. At least currently I am playing with a cover band, which is a great way for me to keep up with playing music right now.
Lately I've been focusing on improving myself overall with the free time I get after work: Particularly learning how to cook & bake, (so far all I can do is bake banana bread) and running and biking consistently to stay in shape (which HAS been successful so far! woo!) I also have been practicing Kung Fu which is a much more fun and rewarding way to get in shape than lifting weights...*yawn*.
But those that I have read that I can think of at the top of my head that I love are The Hobbit, Glass Castle, Life of Pi, Concrete Island, and The Secret Adversary.
When I do read I usually like to read world history texts, which sounds boring I know, but I find it fascinating. It only fuels my desire to travel even more :D
My favorite movies are usually ones starring certain actors I love:
Johnny Depp, Paul Giamatti, Gene Wilder, etc. I like a lot of different types of movies, but I tend to gravitate towards series films like those of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Hunger Games, and the like.
It should also go without saying that I also love Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki films!
My favorite shows: One Piece, Scrubs, 3rd Rock from the Sun, How I Met Your Mother, Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, Gotham, Arrow (yup all the freaking comic book shows... I just can't get enough of them), Various Nickelodeon 90's shows, Soul Eater, Trigun, Dragon Ball Z, Samurai Champloo, Gurren Lagann, Fairy Tail, etc
My favorite music: Minus the Bear, Sufjan Stevens, The Beatles, Into It. Over It., CAKE, Death Cab For Cutie, Nujabes, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, Incubus, Modest Mouse, Maps and Atlases, Owen, The Dismemberment Plan, Spawn of Possession (I do like a lot of metal as well), The Black Dahlia Murder, blink 182, Michael Jackson, Between the Buried and Me, and Queen, just to name a bunch.
My favorite food: Italian, Mexican, some Indian, some Thai.
2) My guitar
3) Video games
4) Music in general
6) Kung Fu