1. House. As I said, it's been years since I was this fascinated by a fictional character. The first time I saw the show it was completely by accident. I don't know how many people here remember that TV Guide used to have actual listings instead of just ads for shows like they do now? Well, I used to buy it then, because I prefer to actually DECIDE what to watch, rather than being told what to watch (see #5) and sometimes TV guide would throw in a DVD for free. I put it on. It was House. I've been hooked ever since. I had seen Hugh before because I've been a big British comedy fan since I discovered Monty Python when I was about twelve or thirteen and I always liked him but I was just blown away by him here. I not only find the character of House extremely attractive, I relate to him very strongly on several levels. We both refuse to suffer fools gladly. We're both smartasses. We both have had to deal with a truly amazing amount of crap (unlike him, mine is mostly in my past). We both want to know stuff just for the sake of knowing it. We're both disabled (I have Asperger's). We're both huge music geeks.
2. Atheism. I'm quite open about this to most people apart from my family, who are all very christian (my mother is studying to be a minister!) and can't really accept it. Almost all of my friends are really cool about me being an atheist. Only one acted like a butt about it so I had to quit hanging around her. I was brought up christian but I think it kind of screwed me up. I know a lot of people derive comfort from their religious beliefs but I never felt it, I just went through the motions, but there was always this voice in the back of my head going, "how do we KNOW all this happened?" I kept seeing so many people using their religion as an excuse for their bigotry and violence and just plain short-sightedness (really, it doesn't help poor people in India to tell them not to use birth control!!) and it took a lot of asking myself some serious philosophical questions before I came to the conclusion that I don't think there is a god of any sort, there's just the world we live in, let's make it a better place in some way. Right and wrong are strong enough concepts without having to believe in some sort of invisible beings propping them up. That being said, some of my friends are quite religious and if it brings them joy, that's great, it's just not for me. I have no interest whatsoever in trying to "convert" anyone to atheism, but I'm happier now than I was when I believed in all that stuff.
3. Art. I love art. akumatatsu61 (my roomie and best friend) and a few other people on LJ have been to my apartment and will tell you I have lots of photos and posters and folk art and things like that all over. When I was a kid I wanted to live in an art gallery. I used to live in New York when I was a kid and I loved getting taken to museums by my parents, and I've also been to amazing galleries in Europe, Las Vegas, California, Mexico,etc. If you put me in a room with a bunch of art books I'll be perfectly satisfied all day.
4. Music. my taste in music goes all over the damn map, if you read the music notations on my LJ entries this will be obvious. My moods are very strongly affected by music to the point where I can really lose myself in the feelings a song will evoke in me. I would have an ipod if they weren't so damn expensive, but I love discovering cool music sites online and listening to my discman when I'm out (keeps me from going crazy on the bus) and a lot of my favorite bars and cafes are known for playing great music. I would love to be able to go to concerts more often. Also I play music a lot when I'm just hanging around at home.
5. non-conformity. Some people think I'm just putting on an act to be different, but it's not an act. If I had a lot of mainstream opinions coming out of my mouth that would be the act. Life is too short not to be yourself. If a movie is too mainstream I tend not to like it (I hated Titanic so much I walked out). I hate coffee, I prefer tea (and I'm not Asian or British). I hate Seinfeld, I just don't think it's funny. I have no piercings. I never buy bottled water because it's a ripoff. I have no interest in owning a microwave, or a cell phone or a house, or a lot of other things people are "supposed" to want. I'd rather listen to a good band I've never heard of than a bad band that's on the radio all the time and I'm sick of.