You really care what my hobbies are? Why? I don't know. Well, since you asked
for it ... here is more than you ever wanted to know!
This includes backpacking, glacier climbing, hiking &
scrambling, and most recently mountain biking and skiing! I love being outside.
Being outdoors is
the closest thing in my life to a religious experience. (If you live in
Maryland be sure to check out the
Mountain Club of Maryland.
I've spent a
good deal of time with these folks in the past and I still keep in touch with
the club even though I now live thousands of miles from Maryland!)
... lots of reading. I love to read. This ranges from science fiction
to history to the occult to world religions. (I am not at all religious but
something with so much power over humanity fascinates me.) I have recently
started reading more about evolutionary psychology in my continuing attempt
to understand how the human mind works.
(What I've been reading.)
I love watching interesting and unusual movies though my primary areas
of interest are horror, science fiction and anything silent. I own a fairly
extensive collection of old horror and science fiction films, 1950s & 1960s
'B' movies, a number of classics, and a large number of silent films. I have
a very special fondness for silent films and especially enjoy them with live
accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at Seattle's historic
Although I love film, I can't stand most TV programming so I stopped
watching television altogether several years ago.
I enjoy music live, recorded, and occasionally while attempting to
play it myself. Although I love live music, I unfortunately don't get to as
many live shows as I would like. I do have a large collection of live
concerts, which serves as a somewhat satisfying substitute. (See my
ROIO Trade List)
My interest in recorded music covers a very large spectrum
ranging from rock, folk, and bluegrass, to jazz, and Celtic. As with film I
like almost any music that is unusual or different. This can really be in any
genre. As for attempting to play music, I took several years of guitar
lessons at the
Musician's Institute of
Baltimore but still have a long way to
go before I am any good. (Check out one of my former teachers,
I have always loved live theatre but I admittedly know very little
about it. I especially enjoy shows at two of Seattle's landmark theatres,
The 5th Avenue
and The Paramount.
This is another area I know very little about. Even so I enjoy wandering
through the occasional museum. Although I have visited some of the more
famous museums like
I am usually more attracted by the more unusual museums like the
American Visionary Arts Museum.
I have been spending a good deal of time at the
Seattle Art Museum since
recently becoming a memeber.
On the personal side I have dabbled in calligraphy and most recently
black & white photography.
just about anything. This includes but is not limited to comics,
coins, stamps, books, shot glasses, non-sports cards, art, curios, music,
movies, and empty beer bottles (Which often occurs unintentionally!!). I
truly believe collecting is a disease!
Add to this list anything different, unusual, or interesting in any way. I am
constantly looking for new things to try and to do to keep life interesting!