But aside from that...
My nieces and nephews are another very important part of my life. Spending time with them rewards me on many levels (and allows the "kid in me" to occasionally run wild and free!). I mean, without them I'd never be able to run through sprinklers and throw water balloons.
By the way, before we go any further, I should also mention that I have a lifelong weakness for a well turned phrase (not necessarily a bad thing as I embark on my second career as a high school teacher) and have the possibly delusional belief that anything that happens in life, good, bad or somewhere in between, can be the raw stuff of art. I like to write and so I think that it's only fair to warn you that I can't promise that any conversation or confidence won't be used as grist for the mill (with names changed to protect the guilty, of course).
And speaking of "good, bad or somewhere in between" is my love for the Cubs which, these days is starting to feel more and more like a hereditary affliction. I DO have hopes that someday a cure might be discovered. Thank God I have the Blackhawks to remind me that sports isn't always about disappointment. Yeah, I have to admit that rooting for a winner can be kind of addicting...
Also "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi and ANYTHING that Harvey Pekar (R.I.P.) or Anton Chekhov put their names on.
My fav book of the last couple of years would probably be "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and was completely blown away by it. I actually started reading it to start refamiliarizing myself with adolescent literature and wasn't ready for just how engrossing (and beautifully written) it is.
TV; favorite shows include "Arrested Development", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Monty Python's Flying Circus", "Life On Mars" (British version only) "The Venture Brothers" (a cartoon satire with the scope of a Russian novel) and my current obsession, "Sherlock" (why is it that BBC shows always seem so much smarter than US ones?)
Films; ANYTHING by John Cassavetes, "Joe Versus the Volcano", "The Big Lebowski", "The World According To Garp", "Bull Durham", "Before Sunrise", "Before Sunset", "Waking Life", "The Great Escape", "A Hard Day's Night", "Singing in the Rain", "The Stunt Man", "Eyes Wide Shut", "Local Hero", "Half Nelson", "Brazil", "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life", "Rear Window", "It's A Wonderful Life", "American Splendor", "Harry and Tonto", "Withnail and I", "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" and many others.
Music; Classical, Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock...The BEATLES are a particular passion which comes perilously lose to full on geekdom.
The Blackhawks and Cubs
wise ass repartee
my library card