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

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) by Robin Sloan

Books I’ve Recently Finished

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan HollinghurstPeaces by Helen OyeyemiIn the Dream House by Carmen Maria MachadoMcSweeney's #62: The Queer Fiction Issue by Patrick CottrellA Children's Bible by Lydia Milletlittle scratch by Rebecca    WatsonCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel WilkersonStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason  ReynoldsThe Guermantes Way (In Search of Lost Time, #3) by Marcel ProustWithin a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time, #2) by Marcel ProustSwann’s Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1) by Marcel ProustWhat Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon    YoungThe World Doesn't Require You by Rion Amilcar ScottNormal People by Sally Rooney