My favorite hobby is reading literary poetry, short stories and novels. I enjoy poetry by T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Suji Kwock Kim, and a host of other poets whose work appears in contemporary print and on-line journals. I also enjoy genre novels of the espionage category.
Another hobby I enjoy is following baseball and engaging in some study of baseball statistics - of which there is a myriad of on each team and their players.
Another favorite hobby of mine is playing chess. I typically play on-line, although I do have a nice chess set at home for face-to-face games. I love the strategic and analytical aspect of chess. The challenge to me in this game is improving my performance and my rating when I play. I try to learn from mistakes I've made in previous games to take my chess playing to the next level.