Not Cease from Exploration

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Things I Like

As a follow-up to yesterday's list of things I dislike, here is a list of things I like, again in no particular order.

Gadgets - I love having toys to play with, including the high-tech stuff.

Cats - Yes, I am an official "cat rancher", although that wasn't by choice. I like cats because they have personalities, all be it annoying personalities sometimes. Now it's not that I dislike dogs, but they have one big draw-back for me: they are stinky. Cats are very clean animals.

Working Hard - I guess the is the opposite point to my "sloth" comment yesterday. I always feel better after having worked hard on something.

Writing - I love to write, and I try and write often. It's probably the only expressive thing that I can do with any degree of success. As I've written before, I don't consider myself to be in any way, shape or form to be a good writer; I am to writing as a bar-room piano player is to fine music. Like that bar-room piano player, I just like getting out there and doing my thing as often as a I can.

Architecture - When I was in high school I wanted to be an architect. In fact, if money were no option, I'd quit my job and go to school to study architecture full time. There is a certain art to a well designed building...they are like sculptures in a very real sense.

Music - There is a wide range of music that I enjoy, from bagpipe marches to ABBA to Frank Zappa. My girls all like listening to music as well...and in fact all three have played instruments...I hope in part because they constantly heard music growing up. I also wish I had some musical talent myself, but alas, I have nothing.

Sweets - Much to my dismay, I do love sweets. I wish I didn't.

Parenting - Being a parent is the single most difficult thing a human being can aspire to. I'm sorry if that offends anyone out there who doesn't have children, but I firmly believe it to be true. Nothing is more frustrating over the short-term, but also rewarding over the long-term. It's also something that's nearly impossible to get completely "right". As a parent I make mistakes all the time, but I also try to learn from my mistakes...all the time. When and if (wink wink) I die, the greatest compliment anyone could pay me would be to say "he was a great father".

Logic - This is the opposite of the whole "Astrology" comment I made under the dislike post. I am a firm believer in applying logic and reasoning to all things. Now you can take this too far, which is why I think it's actually very logical to acknowledge that there are some things in the universe that can't be explained in ways that we are capable of understanding. Maybe that's what God really is...maybe not.

Foods I Like - I'll do this as a bullet list...
  • Oatmeal (I have it for breakfast most days at work)
  • French Toast (although I don't eat it very often...for obvious reasons)
  • Pizza (as long as it's good)
  • Coconut
  • Oreos (again, something I shouldn't be eating...often or at all)
  • Prime Rib
  • Plain salads (boring iceberg lettuce)
  • Onions (the sweeter the better)
  • Green Peppers (but only raw...I hate them cooked)

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