-- Oscar Wilde
As for what I do, I am an architectural designer and teacher. I have worked in an architectural firm for some years now, and enjoy it a great deal. Somehow, designing spaces and buildings never gets repetitive. I get to help people, and be both artistic and technical all at once.
Otherwise, my interests are various. Reading is a big one. I usually have at least one book I'm reading, sometimes more. I suppose that means I either have wide interests, or rarely finish what I start. I'm not sure which. Other interests include drawing (it goes with the architecture vocation), singing, playing the piano, hanging out with a select few friends.
When I get the chance, I really enjoy being outdoors. When I was younger, my family used to go backpacking in the Sierras fairly frequently. (An easy way to see a bear up close, and not have to deal with the zoo crowd!) Unfortunately, I haven't really had the chance to do that recently... the hiking I mean, not the running into bears. Although I haven't done that recently, either.
I am quirky, compassionate, and have simple tastes
For movies, I don't see many, so the list is fairly short. I enjoyed Searching for Bobby Fischer, there are a few others but they're not coming to mind.
Food: I'm not picky. Given a choice, I enjoy good seasoning - which could mean all sorts of things, I suppose.
Finally, this isn't a book, movie, music (well, not usually), or food, but if anyone has heard to the British comedy group Beyond the Fringe they get lots of points in my book. If anyone does not know about them and wants to, it is a pre-Monty Python group comprising Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett (who recently wrote the play "History Boys"), and Jonathan Miller.
2. A framing hammer. Did I mention the housework?
3 & 4. That citrus paint stripper and beer. It's a long story, but together they make a great floor stripper (housework, again)... if I had more initiative I would patent it.
5. People. Specifically: family, friends, and inquisitive students. I know that's more than one thing, but I'm hoping categories count.
6. Sleep. All through architecture school I tried to "break the habit," but my need for it still just won't go away. (When I don't have it I think about it all the time, feel terrible, and when I finally get it I still need more later... that obviously means it's an addiction, right?)
At home: planning for class, recently. Also, how to fix parts of my house. Things like lifting the floor, fixing the foundation, tearing plaster off of walls. ...you know, little things.
When I'm out and about: looking at buildings (for work or pleasure), streets, etc. (architecture, in other words).
Plus, where else do you get to have pointy ears?