I strongly feel that when you've worked very hard on sciency things it's good to reward yourself by engaging in one of your non-sciency hobbies. Hobbies have been on my mind recently, because I noticed that I have friends who knit, or belong to soccer leagues, or have book clubs or some such thing, and I wondered to myself what my hobby was. Then I remembered:
Oh, hai home bar (and hai Yankeez)! My hobby is cocktails. The Prohibition-era speakeasy is a real fad here in NYC, but if a fad results in a multitude of classy places for me to have a delicious drink that was invented 50-100 years ago, it's a fad I can get behind. Seriously, 100%.
There's a substantial cocktail blogosphere here as well, and I've met several of the scene's bigwigs at various spirits tasting events that I've managed to sweet-talk my way into. What's interesting is that they are almost as nerdy as we scientists are, only about booze instead of neurons. The history, the revival of lost or forgotten spirits, the rare whiskey batches, the debates over the proper recipe for the Martinez Cocktail...there's a lot to geek out about. They are awesome people, and their lives pretty much rule. Can you imagine if your job were simply to drink fancy drinks and write about it? That would be nice.
One of the number one reasons I'm looking forward to the SfN meeting (I can have more than one number one reason, can't I?) is that Chicago's got one of the country's top destinations for serious cocktail enthusiasts: The Violet Hour in Wicker Park. So if you are stalking me, there's a good chance I'll be there pretty much every night. After the ALCS games, of course.