Having Fun
Not as easy as it seems
Ok,  starting with alcohol. Yes, I think it's fun to sit down with a friend and relax with a drink. And while some people abuse alcohol, that shouldn't deter the rest of us from enjoying a drink. Usually the reason given for some people not drinking is the deleterious affect on your health from alcohol.

Except that . . . numerous studies have come out over many years showing that alcohol reduces your risk of heart disease. Sure, there is a slight increase in cancer and cirrrhosis of the liver from alcohol, but unless you really become a heavy drinker the risk profile appears to be very asymetric, ie the reduction in heart disease risk swamps the slight increase in cancer and other maladies. Net it out, drinkers live longer than life-long teetotalers. Bottoms up!

I don't know why, but if I drink alcohol and the other person is drinking a Pepsi, it isn't the same. I don't know why that is, it just is. And of course soft drinks have their own health problems, google "health effects of high fructose corn syrup".

I never drank vodka until a friend recently got me "into it". I hate the name, but I love Blue Ice vodka, which is a potato based vodka, and while the superior taste of it is probably more imagined than real, I don't care.

Ok, I'll say it. I enjoy talking politics. Not with someone who gets angry, but with someone who agrees with me or not, can still maintain a calm and reasoned discussion.

And it doesn't have to be politics, it could be a good movie, or how Ohio State came to have the greatest football team in the U.S. Or any of dozens of other topics for that matter.

How can the great outdoors be so ubiquitous and so much fun. I can't live my life indoors, a day inside seems mostly wasted. I know many people have a Raison D'Ítre that keeps them inside and others due to health reasons have to avoid going outside as much as possible. But for me I don't feel completely alive until I am outside, on my bike or in my kayak or just hiking through a wilderness area somewhere.

And something perverse in my nature, I love a rainy or very windy day. In fact about every day in every kind of weather. Hot, humid and very still days can be a pain, still - they're better than being inside.

Movies. Somewhere in my upbringing, I missed the "Classical music" and art schtick. I am not denigrating any of those things, but  it was my mother who instilled in me a love of great movies.
Here is my top ten.
  1. The Lion In Winter (original with Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn)
  2. Dr Zhivago
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. Amadeus
  5. Das Boot
  6. The Andromeda Strain
  7. Birdman
  8. Monte Walsh
  9. The Sterile Cuckoo
  10. Gone With The Wind
An eclectic list up there, and includes some that no one but me would include.

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