trying to find meaning and fulfillment in one's vocation, navigating the tough times and sharing the good ones with friends, constantly learning, exploring the planet through travel, exercising regularly (good for one's mental health I find), oh yeah, and searching for that special someone (isn't that why we're all here?)
Also I have otherworldly parking karma, and uncommonly good parallel parking skills (out of necessity).
My sartorial tastes are not dictated by shopping malls
My absurdist sense of humor
I generally go for non mainstream films (love the Brattle and Coolidge Corner) but enjoy the occasional Hollywood blockbuster. Last great film was the re release of The Third Man. All time faves: The Last Picture Show, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Local Hero, Repo Man (a great send up of Reagan's America), Empire of the Sun, My Life As A Dog, 24 Hour Party People, About a Boy, Drowning By Numbers... there are plenty more but I'm drawing a blank.
I'm way into music, with my tastes cutting a pretty wide swath but admittedly guitar oriented. I prefer seeing bands in small clubs so I'm often at the Paradise, Club Passim, The Middle East. Best recent gig was the Jesus & Mary Chain's concert at the House of Blues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album, "Psycho Candy" (my ears would probably still be bleeding were it not for earplugs). Bands of interest: Laura Cantrell (just caught her at Atwood's Tavern) Jesus and Mary Chain, Michelle Shocked, Billy Bragg, Beth Orton, early Dylan, pre obese, junky Elvis, the Smiths (consider myself very lucky to have been living in London during their time together as a band and even met Morrissey's mum after a gig - yes, for real), Pet Shop Boys (believe it or not, it's true: they dominated the charts in the UK while I lived there, and if you've not been to one of their gigs you've missed a great opportunity to hoof it on the dancefloor with hundreds of sweaty gay men), Joy Division/New Order, Magnetic Fields, Marianne Faithful, Nina Simone, Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, MGMT, Cat Power, early R.E.M. (also great to catch them in London when no one knew who they were), and loads more.
As I appreciate good food, but am rather limited in preparing it myself (definition of microwave oven: bachelor's friend), I'm always on the look out for a great restaurant be it a cheap and cheerful hole in the wall, to a hole in the wallet, haute cuisine venue. I'm essentially a vegetarian but not militant or fanatical about it: if there's nothing vegetarian on the menu or my host/hostess is put out about what to cook for me I just eat the vegetable side dishes or, in a pinch, fish.
a sense of humor
Strange, but I often find I'll have my best ideas come from right out of the blue when I least expect it when I think about a problem at work while doing something as mundane as making coffee.