I like exploring new places (museums, neighborhoods, restaurants, etc.), and I also like going to see interesting movies. I'm generally not so interested in bars/clubs. I usually wouldn't be the first to sign up for a long hike, but I can definitely admire the natural beauty of the outdoors. Mostly, I enjoy hanging out with and getting to know interesting people in a quieter place.
I just finished my PhD in research psychology (cognitive neuroscience) in Los Angeles, and moved to Chicago for a postdoc. I grew up in St. Louis, so it's nice to be back in Midwest, although we'll see how I feel about that when winter comes. :-) (I can't believe how many strangers in Chicago have told me that they can't believe I'd move from California back in this direction! There are things I'll miss about California, but Chicago seems like a great place to live, and I'm really expecting it to be a better fit for me, culturally...)
While I can be serious at times, I do have a sillier side, too... And finally, last but not least, even if I'm a bit awkward sometimes, I usually try to be a nice person, and I'm almost incapable of lying...
- intense conversations
- With close friends, being a sympathetic ear to help when they have problems, and trying to help analyze their problems (but despite the fact that I study psychology, I really am only an amateur psychologist in that sense...).
TV shows: House, The West Wing, Monk, Law and Order, Rachel Maddow.
Food: I like a lot of different types of food, as long as it's tasty, especially Indian, Thai, Ethiopian, or Mexican...
I often prefer (intelligent) talk radio to music, but I've also somehow never paid close attention to the names of the artists that I do like. Generally, stuff that's a little bit rock-ish, but not too much of a beat (I have no rhythm, ok...)
- My computer (OK, that's partly a repetition of the above, but...)
- Trader Joe's
- Air travel, to occasionally see my family and friends around the country--although now that I'm in Chicago, I guess I can replace a lot of that with car travel!
- Intellectual stimulation of some sort
-- Politics (especially wondering how the Republicans manage to convince so many people to vote for them despite a complete disregard for reality)
-- My research (trying to figure out what the next steps are...)
-- What's going on inside the heads of the people around me (and what's inside my own head, too, sometimes...)
-- How I can take advantage of the good parts of living in a big, diverse city, and wondering where I can find more like-minded people to explore with...
When I'm not busy with that, my Friday nights usually aren't all that exciting, if I'm just relaxing from the week (some combination of reading stuff on the Internet, listening to the radio, talking to friends online, watching TV, etc.).