I firmly subscribe to the 10,000 Philosophy. It's an XKCD reference. Statistically speaking, 10,000 people are exposed to something brand new every single day. It's much more fun to introduce someone to something awesome than mocking them for not knowing about it. Even if it's something like Star Wars or Casablanca, I'm NOT the person who will make fun of you for not having seen it, but rather I'm the person who will say "Looks like we have a movie picked out for tonight!"
I'm also a pretty damn good cook. Cooking centers and relaxes me. And I much prefer when I'm in a serious cooking mood to make everything from scratch.
Physically, it's probably that I usually try to dress nice when I go out. I feel naked if I leave the house wearing anything other than slacks and a shirt with a collar. A barbecue or something outdoors in the summer, I might - MIGHT - wear shorts. But don't hold your breath. The way I see it, my first impression in any situation is going to be "The Fat Guy". I have limited control over that (though I'm losing weight), but I can control whether I'm "The Slobbily Dressed Fat Guy" or "The Fat Guy in the Suit".
Music: Less Than Jake, Bad Religion, NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion, 30footFALL, Streetlight Manifesto, I Fight Dragons, Jonathan Coulton, The Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm
Note: The media site I write for is ostensibly a film news/review website, and I went to film school. So this list is VERY brief because in its previous form, it listed maybe 5-10% of my favorites and still took up the bulk of my profile.
Movies: Casablanca, Lord of the Rings, and The Avengers are my top three. I'm a big fan of anything well-written and well-shot. I'm more partial to genre films. I'm not a fan of movies centered too much around real life because real life is already happening. I watch media to escape real life.
Television: Community, Parks and Recreation, QI, Tabletop, The Guild, Dragonball Z Abridged, Leverage, Veronica Mars, Red Dwarf, Good Eats, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Big Bang Theory, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a lot more.
Books: I grew up in a bookstore, so I've always read a lot. The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, the Kingkiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss, the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker, the Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch, the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I also read a lot of tie-in novels mostly because I get review copies.
Games: Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, Castle Panic, Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Pandemic, Gloom, Cards Against Humanity, Ticket to Ride, Vampire: The Masquerade, Double Feature, Smallworld, Fluxx, Tsuro, BattleTech, ROFL!, Zombie Dice, Paranoia, and a lot more.
...did I ever say I wasn't a massive geek? If you didn't figure that out by now, I'm sorry.
When I was in my 20s, my answer varied depending on who I was trying to impress (or at least minimize the damage). If it was a liberal hippy environmentalist type, I'd say I took public transportation to reduce my carbon footprint and help employ good union workers by supporting a public service with my money that helped lower-income individuals get the transportation they need.
If it was a fiscally conservative libertarian, I'd say it makes the most financial sense. A car is $300/mo for the note, $80/mo for insurance, $3.50/gal for gas, plus oil changes, tire rotations, brake pads, alignments, etc. And that's IF nothing goes wrong. Meanwhile, a monthly bus pass is only $45 and I can get anywhere I want. Even if it does take a bit longer, I can spend the time reading.
While both of those are accurate, they're not a fully honest answer to the question of why I don't drive. The real answer is I just fucking suck at driving. When I was 16, I got into two accidents, totaling my car before my photo license even came in the mail. I was that spastic idiot driver who changes lanes without signaling, flips their left signal to turn right, or stops dead cold for no discernible reason whatsoever. Basically every idiot you don't think should be behind the wheel of a car. I was just smart enough to realize I was that idiot.
Dealbreakers: Racism, sexism, dislike of learning, being rude to service industry. And if you think you're ever going to scoff or roll your eyes at my nerdiness, I don't need nor want that kind of negativity in my life.