I'm something of a political animal, trying to hold the fort as crazed reactionaries seek to take us back to the 19th (or is it 12th?) century. Participate in local and national political activities. There's so much more to be done, and even the good guys are stuck inside the Beltway mindset. Sigh...
I'm also looking to take on more personal, private activities. With another baseball season underway (the four best words in the English language are "pitchers and catchers report"), I still look back fondly to memories of a baseball-themed trip to a Caribbean island very rarely visited by USAers, which also included significant learning about international relations, lots of cool pictures of architecture, countryside, monuments, unusual cars.
Hmmm, I guess it's OK to say Cuba now.
Lately, I've been delving into classical music. My nephew, recently hired by the San Diego Symphony, is a spectacularly accomplished oboist. He's played Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and other temples of music, and takes master classes with renowned virtuosos. In Feb 2014, he was mentioned by name in a New York Times review, and in late summer 2015 he's playing at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic! I wish I could say that his musical talent is in my genes too, but alas, my only talent is in listening.