I read voraciously, both history and modern literature. It is a rare night that I am so tired that I don't want to read for a while in bed before turning out the light and going to sleep. Books, fiction or not, transport me, and are a great way to wind down at the end of a long day. I cycle between reading lots of fiction, then lots of history, then lots of wargaming magazines and rules. I am sure my blogging will reflect that. I try to abide by a rule that the (net, not gross) number of new books coming into the house can't be more than double the number of books that I read. Sometimes I even succeed at that. Used book stores and book fairs are my downfall.
Food and Wine
I love to cook, and have a separate blog dedicated to recipes and things I have tried out. Cooking is a creative endeavor that I find to be very relaxing, and I love cooking on the weekends as a way of getting away from the hectic schedule of the work week, and doing something completely different from the data, numbers and analytics that are my career. I am certainly not a trailblazer by any means, but more of a cookbook aficionado who loves food from all over the globe. I don't often try to create a recipe, but I do follow them very well. Primary food interests at the moment are Indian, Thai/Southeast Asian, and Cajun/Creole. But this changes regularly.
I have always loved the outdoors, and spent countless hours as a kid out in the woods. I have always loved to fish, and still do, but don't get out as often as I would like. The rest of the family likes to fish too, so as the girls have gotten a little older we have been able to do more of this together. The biggest change in my outdoor interests beginning in 2009 is a new found love of hiking. Dave and some of the guys from childhood have been doing this for years, but for whatever reason I never really participated. That has changed as my kids have gotten a little older, and one of my favorite things these days is to spend a few hours on a trail somewhere nice. I've even started to do some backpack camping.
Music has always been a big part of my life, with my interests including classic rock, jazz, classical, and a little bit of country music. From a rock and pop perspective, I will admit to being behind the times and I am fine with that. Most newer music that I like tends to be newer music from older bands. There are exceptions to be sure, but I have strong classic rock leanings. I also like guitars, and own four of them (despite the fact that I can't play very well and don't have the discipline to learn). I have a Fender made-in-Japan (1991) Strat, an Epiphone ES335 Pro, an Epiphone Les Paul, and an Epiphone EJ-200 acoustic/electric.
So that's me in a nutshell, and pretty much anything that shows up on my blog will be related to one or more of these topics. Family. Wargaming. Books. Outdoors. And other stuff...