I'm good at getting excited over small things. Poring over the Ikea catalog, small sublime musical moments in my favorite pieces, the taste of really good Parmesan cheese, the way my daughter makes me laugh, small containers (I have no idea why), Adrian Coorte's paintings, the sound of baseballs hit from wooden bats, the smell and feel of the crisp air early in fall and spring mornings. Also bacon.
I'm pretty good at reciting baseball history and trivia, though I understand the appeal of that is, um, somewhat limited.
Stage: I'll love pretty much *any* live Shakespeare performance, and I'm a sucker for comedies and musicals.
TV: Lost, Star Trek (Next Generation!), Ed, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Office, Mad About You, 24, Daily Show. And yes, I was hooked on Downton Abbey. I'm a sap. My recent achievements include watching Arrested Development (based upon many friends' recommendations) and Homeland. Man, there's some really good stuff out there.
Music: Too many to mention. Oh, okay: Bill Evans, Rush, Yes, Brad Mehldau, Stacey Kent, Jane Monheit, Five for Fighting, JS Bach, classic Jazz, old standards, 80s hits, and classic rock in general. The albums "Kind of Blue" and Pat Metheny's "One Quiet Night" are staples. And Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas -- the wistful and warm celebration of the holidays always gets to me.
Books: I've tended to read mostly non-fiction books, but have started on more classic literature and good modern fiction (in the middle of Eco's _Name of the Rose_ now). I'm also reading the Harry Potter books to my daughter now and really enjoying it (in the middle of book 4), and we're working through the Complete Calvin and Hobbes (again).
Food!! I love Italian, and I'm a chicken's worst nightmare. I'm pretty impressed with the dishes and desserts I whip up for myself and I really enjoy cooking for a crowd. Next up for me to tackle: puff pastries. Wish me luck.
Luke the Dog, my buddy
The _America's Test Kitchen_ cookbook. Jeez, I love that thing.
I always seem to have a Dt. Mountain Dew around.
And I'd way rather have a mug of rich hot chocolate than coffee.
Yes, I can count. I'm a rebel.
The decreasing amount of product in packages at the store (*3* pints of ice cream???)
The show Lost, and what the hell actually happened.
New approaches to communicate science to the general public
The stars, forgers of our atoms, and our intimate connection to them
The music I'm listening to at the moment
The next road-trip/getaway/exploration trip
New recipes to try
How to fold a fitted sheet
Things that make me laugh from moment-to-moment, though most don't make it past my "filter" :)
During a theatre run, Fridays are show-days, so I'm on stage.
-- All the above stuff doesn't strike you as hopelessly lame and/or dorky and you want to start a conversation.
-- You aren't making a duck-face in your photo
-- You'd describe yourself as being enthusiastic about many things
-- You think you're funny. Bonus if other people (especially strangers) think you're funny. I'd consider stalking you if you get paid to be funny (I've got crushes on Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and yes, hopelessly, Ellen DeGeneres).
-- Your default state is happy and cheerful.
-- You compliment people much more than you criticize them, and smile much more often than frown.
-- You have a strong emotional reaction (not just fist-pumping or head-bobbing) to music. Extra credit if that music is jazz. Super-mega-credit if it's some classical composition.
-- The moments in movies that make you cry the most are the ones showing extreme compassion or goodness.
-- You enjoy questioning things without necessarily having to know the answers.
-- You might aspire to be (or to be with!) someone who has the "heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet"
-- You think the origin of the above quote is cool
-- If you already knew the origin of the above quote, you should drop everything and message me instantly. It's a done deal.