Hobbies

Baseball

I’m a fan of major league baseball — not from any talent I have (I’m terrible at the game) but I really enjoy watching the game.  Like a lot of fans, I’d like to eventually visit every ballpark, although my travel budget is sort of limited these days so I haven’t made it to very many.  Still, it’s fun to keep track of. I have more pictures and dates of visits on my baseball page.

Baseball Stadiums I've visited
Baseball Stadiums I’ve visited

The Great Outdoors

Geocaching

After getting lost in the woods while on a hike, I got a GPS unit and decided to try out geocaching — which is basically an ongoing treasure hunt where the “treasure” is typically just a container with a logbook in it. It’s mostly an excuse to get out and explore a bunch of places I’d never see otherwise, and appreciate some scenic views.

A classic Kansas geocaching scene

Hiking and Camping

I also enjoy hiking quite a bit, and when I get a chance, going camping. Despite being a Boy Scout in my youth, I’ve definitely fallen out of the habit and have only recently started to dust off my old stuff again.

My tent at sunset
My tent overlooking the northern end of Tuttle Creek Lake at sunset

Reading

I read quite a bit, both for work and for fun.  I don’t track the work reading (it’d be pretty boring) but I had a buddy who recommended using goodreads to track the for-fun books, and they provide the data for these nifty widgets.

Books I’m Currently Reading

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon    Young

Books I’ve Recently Finished

Within a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time, #2) by Marcel ProustSwann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) by Marcel ProustThe World Doesn't Require You by Rion Amilcar ScottDucks, Newburyport by Lucy EllmannThe Last Lecture by Randy PauschThe Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson SextonSister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre LordeBleak House by Charles DickensQueenie by Candice Carty-WilliamsKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiOut of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives by Walt OdetsBeloved by Toni MorrisonThe Great Believers by Rebecca MakkaiBicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance by Adonia E. Lugo