I've lived in the west for 30 years, but originally from the NYC metropolitan area. I love to ski, hike, dance, garden. I've got a piano that I keep in tune, so if you visit, please play some music!
For me, the only stupid question is the one that goes un-asked. So what if the answer is "no", you'll never know unless you ask.
I'm a geologist, ski instructor and mom. I give my son a hug every time he leaves the house. It's our ritual--that and tucking him in at night--even at 19! Affection goes a long ways.