Curriculum Vitæ - Hobbies
I enjoy working on computers both at home and at work. I spend much of my free time learning how to use new programs.
One of my favorites things is to travel to new places and meet new people. In college, I saw the United States and Japan. In the Navy, I had the opportunity to travel to much of Asia and Europe.
After retiring from the Navy, I worked in China for three years and traveled a great deal there. I enjoy all modes of transportation, but especially like trains. I don't mind "roughing it" (essential to travel in China!) and enjoy both scenic and historical sites.
Now that I'm back in the United States (California), I'm enjoying the opportunity to see many of the places here that I have not seen before or saw once many years ago. This is very exciting and gives me an opportunity to get out and travel some on weekends.
When I can, I enjoy watching movies: I particularly like older movies (from the '30s and '40s) for the insight they provide into the background of our current culture. I also find them more entertaining, generally speaking, than many modern movies, because I feel the plots are better developed and rely less on special effects. Nonetheless, I enjoy new movies as well and am fond of science fiction and action movies.
I read a great deal: currently primarily textbooks related to my MBA program at the University of Phoenix. I also read mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy. However, depending on what catches my eye, I will read almost anything if it looks interesting. In China, where the supply of English books was limited, I re-read some of the classics: Dickens, Twain, London, Shakespeare. While online in China, I made good use of the Project Gutenberg resources to re-read Burroughs and Baum.