1. Navy. I went into the navy when I was eighteen, barely out of high school. I was only in there for four years, and I got out as soon as I could. The discipline was good. It comes in handy- especially dealing with for thieves, three of whom bicker like children pretty constantly. I learned a lot in the navy, and probably would have stayed in if they didn't make you cut your hair short. I do not look good with a buzz cut.
2. Music. When I was a kid, my parents put me into every kind of music lesson they could force me into. I can play the guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, saxophone, harp, drums, and oboe. I'm a damn one-man orchestra. I'm not a fantastic singer –I'm not bad, but I'm not fantastic- and I can sure as hell hold my own with the instruments.
3. Cooking. Everyone's surprised by the fact that I can cook. I mean, I'm no Emeril… hell, I'm not even an Eliot, but I can cook. I had to learn when Maggie and I got divorced. It was either learn to cook something healthy or get fat off of fast food and T.V. dinners. Is it really surprising that I taught myself how to cook? Like I said, I'm not amazing, but you'll never find someone who makes better seafood, and, if you like home cooking, no one beats my cole slaw.
4. Tea. You actually got me into this. Remember that time in London when we got scones? You also got some Earl Grey tea, and let me try it? I've been addicted to it since that day, though I'll only drink Twinings brand. I've been trying out other of Twining's teas, and I think my second favorite would have to be Vanilla Black…. That or Prince of Wales.
5. Broadway. No, I don't perform it, but I've always loved to watch it. My favorite play has been Les Miserables since I first saw that show. I was ten. My favorite character is Jean Valjean. Something about him attracts me, maybe that he's a thief and a liar, but is still a good man. I don't know. Maybe I connect with his character or something.
6. Liar. Everyone thinks I'm an honest man. I'm not. I'm a good man, a good person, and I will always try to stay like that, but I'm not honest. I've got as many personas as you, even if I don't use them as often. I've got the calm, collected leader, the broken old man who lost everything he had, the obnoxious Texan, the obnoxious Bostonian… I have so many personas that I don't know who Nathan Ford is anymore.
7. Golf. You read that right. I golf. I'm not very good at it, but there's something relaxing about being out on the course on a nice day in the spring. It's peaceful, and I don't often get peace in my life, something you would know full well.
8. Ocean. I grew up in California, in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Back then, I would go to the beach before school, after school, on the weekends… any chance I got, really. To this day, nothing brings me peace like the ocean, and there are few places I'm happier than on the beach, and, as far as I've seen so far, there are few places more tranquil.
9. Fashion. I've always been very careful to keep this a secret from you, but you're not the only one who has all the best designer stores on speed dial. I wear Armani, my sunglasses are Gucci, and of course, you already know of my addiction to Oxfords in shoe wear. Dior, Versace, Calvin Klein… I know them all, and I wear them all… just not around you and the team.
10. Red. My favorite color had always been green. And then I met you. You were wearing a black jacket with a black skirt, but your shirt was red silk, you had a red beret on, and your shoes were strappy red stilettos. I think they were leather, because the sun reflected off of your shirt and your shoes, and I was dazzled, though that had nothing to do with the light. I'm dazzled every time I see you.