The one thing I am passionate about...
I may have to come back to this one. It might be because for me, the word "passionate" can be evocative of the corny; I associate it with images I have of things like a perspiration-drenched Yanni pounding away on a keyboard, or a weeping televangelist admonishing Satan, or with the drivel espoused by people like Dr. Phil. Of course, it could also be that I watch too much bad TV.
I typically spend my leisure time
I define leisure time by the absence of alarm clocks, deadlines, flight schedules--no plans or responsibilties. I like to sleep in, read, play some records, go out for beers, pick around junk stores, eat something good.
The most influential person in my life has been
Most important quality? I can't answer this. As the French say, it's "je ne sais crois," I don't know. Chemistry, maybe, but certainly something resistant to empirical categorization.
The first thing people notice about me
It's inborn in me to avoid unnecessary attention. It must be, because for as long as I can remember, I preferred avoidance over notice. And I remember, acutely, childhood, when I was exactly the same way.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I spend a lot of my time reading, sometimes what I think I should, and more often, what I enjoy. Lately I have found a happy medium in Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I first read "Love in the Time of Cholera" twelve years ago, and although I enjoyed it, I never read anything else by GGM until about a year ago. Now, I've devoured everything he's ever written, and I heartily include him among my favorites. A re-reading of "News of a Kidnapping," about narcoterrorism in 1980s-90s Columbia was my most recent.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Days free from obligations
- An excellent mechanism for critical thinking
- Knowing some exceedingly decent people
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Probably nothing. I like to keep a low profile, and I invariably decline large group activities. I have enthusiasms, but they often tend to be solitary pursuits. I have been a flight attendant for almost thirteen years, and the amount of time I spend with the public-at-large has likely aggravated my natural privacy-seeking bent.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Funny, Generous, Intelligent
A little more about me
I am fraught with apprehension about this process. If I am to believe in the validity of eHarmony's "patented algorithms" (the term smacks of junk science to me), I'm most compatible with the geriatric set, particularly the ones who "don't reed boocks [sic]."