I moved out here post-graduation for work and to be near family while I pursue graduate school. See, I'm in the process of applying for a Ph.D., and working as a teacher in the meantime. It's a solid day-job, and it keeps me grounded from my overactive imagination.
If I were to say one thing to best describe who I am, it'd be that my favorite hobby is sitting in on college classes I'm not enrolled in. It's all the fun of school without having to worry about grades or your future.
I'm an aspiring writer. I read at least two books every week and I will geek out about almost any book at all.
I also have a biology background and am working on working that into my studies (hint: think Neuroscience of Reading)
But I've got a ton of hobbies that I'm either sort of good at or bad at but enjoy anyway.
Books (Authors): Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Lauren Groff, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Junot Diaz, Yiyun Li, Stuart Dybeck, Michael Chabon, Denis Johnson, Flannery O'Connor, Douglas Adams, Mo Yan
Movies: My favorite film of all time is Back to the Future and I consider myself something of an expert on Time-Travel movies (If there's one you can name that I haven't seen I'd love to hear about it.) But I'm a big film buff and like pretty much all genres. I've even written and produced some short films of my own!
Music: I love Jazz and Classical, but I used to do radio and I've heard a lot and liked a lot of it.
Food: I've never met a meal I didn't like. (Well, okay, that's not true, but the point is I'm adventurous and not picky.)
2. My Friends
3. My Books
4. My Laptop
5. My Tea
6. My Music
And you're like "pfft, what does he mean by 'everything?' Total cop-out." But I'm serious. I'm fascinated by everything from quantum mechanics to Argentine exports to languages invented by identical twins and beyond. I've gone on binges over neurogenetics and south African oral traditions. I've re-translated stories from Japanese just to get a sense for how hard it is. So far the only thing that I've found boring is people who aren't passionate about anything.
But those Fridays I enjoy most have me out at a performance. I like Jazz clubs, theatre, poetry readings. Something where there's a creative artist at work and I'm in the room with them. I just find that way more energizing than a moive. Though I do watch a lot of movies, don't get me wrong.
Your idea of a perfect date is less Dinner-At-A-Nice-Restaraunt and more Ice-Cream-And-Water-Balloon-Fight