(meme) Interests meme

A morning meme, whilst my tea steeps and cools, snarfed from shutterbug93:

Look at your LJ “interests” list. If you have less than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of ‘em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.

So, let’s see:

  • bookstores. I do enjoy a good bookstore. I often spend too much: be it on science fiction, books on Los Angeles, or just random stuff. The first bookstore I remember is College Bookstore on Westwood, a block down from UCLA, where you could wander through the textbook stuff in the basement.
  • comden and green. Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Composer and lyricist of many a great musical, including Do Re Mi, On The Town, Will Rogers Follies, On the Twentieth Century, Bells are Ringing and many others.
  • drumcorps. Take 120 young college age kids. Divide them roughly into three groups. Give one percussion: drums, primarily. Give another group brass: trumpets. Give another flags, rifles, swords, etc. Now have them prepare a precision show and compete against other groups doing them same. This is Drum Corps. My wife used to be in a competitive band, and got me hooked.
  • garlic. Ah, the stinking rose. What meal is complete without it.
  • jewish music. As you know, I love all types of music, from musicals to folk… everything, that is, except heavy metal and rap. Jewish music is its own genre. I got hooked at camp, back in the days that Debbie Friedman (also here) was just starting, and NFTY was producing its own stuff. I still listen today.
  • los angeles musical theatre. I don’t get out to New York often, so I’ve grown to love our local stuff. From the days of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, I was hooked. My regular venues are the Pasadena Playhouse and the Cabrillo Music Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, but I also regularly see shows at ICT Long Beach, the Ahmanson Theatre, Broadway LA, and any other venue with an interesting show.
  • my wife. When filling out interests, they ask you to complete the sentence “I love ___” or “I like ____”. I had to list my wife, but of course. Hopefully, you will love her to, but perhaps not in the same way.
  • perl. For those who don’t know, I’m perl’s paternal godparent. I wrote the history section of the perl book, and was the first user of perl. Mark Biggar, Larry Wall, and I were all working at SDC on a little program called BLACKER. We needed a CM reporting tool, and Larry (being lazy and impatient) was tired of fighting awk. Thus, perl was born, based on many conversions we had whilst carpooling together. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • rodgers and hammerstein. Another composer and lyricist. Best known for being the first to create the integrated musical, where the songs serve to move the story forward. Before their first show, Oklahoma, the story would stop while the songs went on.
  • singing. But not in public. In my car. I do like singing along to a good CD.
  • theatre. I’m not just into musicals. I like a good drama. I was particularly impressed with Doubt, which was recently at the Pasadena Playhouse.
  • ucla computer club. Some folks had fraternities in college. I had the UCLA Computer Club, the sloppiest room on the third floor, Boelter Hall, UCLA. This is where I hung out between classes, fiddled with TSO, URSA, and programming, played bridge and Cosmic Encounter. Where I passed the time and made a bunch of friends.

OK, now its your turn….