Hobbies

  • I am a founding member of the Poetry Society of America. I enjoy contemporary poets such as Edgar Allan Poe, John Milton, Emily Dickinson, and William Wordsworth. I am presently trying to decipher some recently-discovered Chaldean poetry which dates back to 500 B.C.
  • My life has been profoundly influenced by the works of many great philosophers including Nietzche, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Rousseau, Kant, Descartes, Wittgenstein, Spinoza, Sartre, Heidegger, Locke, Foucault, Hume, Hobbes, and Epictetus.
  • I enjoy fine cultural events such as operas, ballets, and symphonies. I strongly urge you to consider supporting the Canadian Opera Company and help sustain their tradition of operatic excellence, as well as their educational initiatives.
  • I have a passion for reading and literature. Unfortunately, the list of my favourite authors, whose works I regularly consume, is much too long to include on this page!
  • I have a knack for picking up languages. I speak English, French, German, Portugese, Arabic and Urdu fluently, and can also carry on intelligent conversations in Italian, Cantonese, Serbo-Croatian, and Swahili.
  • Ever since I captained my University debating team, I have enjoyed engaging in vigorous and open debates.
  • I enjoy all water sports and activities especially jet skiing, sailing, and scuba diving (snorkeling is for wimps). My ultimate dream is to swim across Lake Ontario.
  • I despise being a spectator in sporting events and cannot for the life of me understand how anyone could ever derive pleasure from watching sports on TV. I much prefer being an active participator than a passive spectator. I especially enjoy participating in competitive and physically demanding sports such as ice hockey, full-contact (American) football, and boxing.
  • Long-distance running - I have successfully completed the Boston and New York marathons.
  • Beautiful, intelligent, and sexy women. I once came close to dating Julia Roberts.
  • In my opinion, cooking is a primary medium of artistic expression and one of the ultimate forms of human achievement. I usually spend Saturday afternoons creating an original meal (really a piece of art) to be later shared with one of the aforementioned beautiful women. You can view some of my recent culinary creations here. (Yes, I am also an accomplished photographer.)
  • Dreaming up lists of imaginary hobbies so that I can pretend to be a well-rounded, well-balanced, and sane person.