I'm a distance runner and cyclist. I commute by bike, and leisure rides on calm summer nights can be exquisite. I'm proud to be training for my third marathon. Running keeps me grounded and aware of my body and surroundings, but it also allows me to push my limits and transcend them from time to time.
I like to juggle. A few years ago, I was drawn to the eerie fluid grace of contact juggling, and now I've added that skill to my repertoire of traditional juggling.
I'm a book worm. I read widely, but I've always had a soft-spot for sci-fi, fantasy, and coming-of-age stories. My library keeps growing despite having bought an e-reader in a well-intentioned attempt to keep it in check.
I'm a philosopher (and I have the degree to prove it, ha). I like discovering and turning over new ideas. I'm a pluralist, and I believe in the adage "live and let live," but I also think this is best achieved when we actually come to understand, if not respect, the views of others as well as our own.
I play the piano. Last year I bought a new full-length keyboard with weighted keys. It's been a thrill to get back into making music after moving around for several years without a piano.
I find nature awe inspiring. I enjoy short camping trips, day hikes and beach fires, preferably in summery weather. As for pets, I'm a cat person at heart, but I like dogs too, and I grew up surrounded by rabbits, turtles, hamsters and fish as well as the raccoons, squirrels, humming birds and deer that would frequent the back yard.
Logic puzzles, board games, and puns are underrated sources of amusement. I also appreciate art in its many forms, including the peculiar and the offbeat. I'm always seeking harmony between the logical and the intuitive sides of my personality.
All that being said, I like kicking back with good friends and a few beers, hanging at the beach or watching a brainless movie.
.... as well as modern takes on the genre: Cloud Atlas, The Magicians, Red Shirts, Stardust, Kafka on the Shore, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
... and coming-of-age stories: Siddhartha, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Kite Runner, The Catcher in the Rye, The God of Small Things, In Praise of Older Women.
In the non-fiction department, I'm usually reading philosophy, memoirs, books on writing, running, or contemporary cultural analysis.
Movies I dig: Room, Spotlight, Whiplash, Rust and Bone, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Station Agent, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Spirited Away, Big Hero 6, Ratatouille, Pan's Labyrinth, Adaptation, 12 Monkeys, Gattaca, The Matrix, Serenity, The Lord of the Rings, About A Boy, Shaun of the Dead, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Almost Famous, Amadeus, The Princess Bride, Die Hard, The Kids are Alright, The Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future... and a bunch of films by Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, the Cohen brothers, Wes Andersen, Hayao Miyazaki, and Monty Python
TV Shows: Community, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Breaking Bad, Louie C.K., House of Cards, Archer, Sherlock, Sense8, Daredevil, How to Get Away with Murder
Music: Metric, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Sam Roberts, The New Pornographers, The Shins, Old Man Luedecke, The Beatles, The Stones, Tom Cochran, Amy Winehouse, Green Day, The Slackers, The Bare Naked Ladies, Ben Folds, various K-Pop groups, Beethoven, Handel, Tchaikovsky.
Food: I will try anything at least once--probably more than once. I was vegetarian for a couple of years, but now I just eat meat in moderation. If I'm not eating pub food when I go out, then it will likely be a delicious Korean, Japanese, Indian, Thai or Vietnamese dish.
The sky, the ocean and a sense of wonder.