Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Eclectic, adventurous, progressive and curious. I value purpose and
being good in the world, but mostly I'm trying to live a fun and
happy life these days. I play nicely. And I will sometimes move
both my left feet. To music. I nurture the closeness I have with my
special people and family. I really value relationships that have
mutual trust, love and respect. And which have space for individual
Some of my friends think I'm pretty clever, mainly geeky clever and
street smart - I'd prefer to be funnier. I'm irreverent but not
contemptuous. Easy-going but not ambivalent.
Having travelled a lot (around the world, and the same block
sometimes), I think I finally understand the cocktail of empathy,
courage and compassion. I try, but don't succeed all the time. The
result of having diced with fate often, in an earlier life.
I'd love to meet someone with whom I can be playfully engaged and
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
My vocational journey has progressed through quite a few
conventional and non-conventional paths; more when we actually
meet. I now do "social impact investing" and work on economic
development issues, with real people and communities - mainly in
Africa. I teach post graduate classes from time to time. I'm flying
solo and am pretty independent in most respects.
I live both in New York and Johannesburg. I find that it's the
combination of these two very different worlds that contain me
best; makes me happiest.
I find fitness, solace and peace of mind in distance running. I
also cycle; not so long ago I rode a bicycle through the foothills
of the Indian Himalayas, from Manali to Leh. I ran the NYC marathon
in 2014, and have just just run the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in
Cape Town - and admit to being physically shattered during and
afterwards. I guess a little rest is always healthy!
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
- solving problems (I'm working hard on "just listening")
- Juggling many things at once..... although sometimes things
fall.... so I avoid doing it with uncooked eggs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I enjoy reading non-fiction, especially about contemporary
political economy, politics, and global finance issues. Sometimes
One Hundred Years of Solitude still makes me marvel at the tenacity
of the human heart. I like the work of Arundhati Roy, Khaled
Hosseini, JM Coetzee, Malcolm Gladwell, Ian McEwan, Haruki
Murakami, Milan Kundera, Rohinton Mistry, Paulo Coelho, Nadine
Gordimer. Julian Barnes' book was strongly suggested (almost
prescribed) reading, but didn't taste medicinal. It did push some
I'm random with music, but admit that I do not understand House,
hip hop or rap. Willing to learn and be guided here... I grew up
with World Music, and have a love for African music (Salif Keita,
Ismael Lo, Youssou N'Dour, Fela (and now son Femi) Kuti).
I LOVE food! And I cook, my friends tell me "you're an awesome
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I can do minimum: air water food shelter. But I get grumpy
passport, running shoes, friends, family, deep scuba diving,
choice. sex and affection. And my bicycle.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
* Serendipity, co-incidence and the "god-damn" particle.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Usually with friends. Or sometimes, these days, on a date.
If you can explain to me what it means, and teach me to, to
"decompress" - please contact me.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I tried to join my local co-op but they couldn't change the
constitution and the duty roster to accommodate my frequent and
irregular comings and goings. I was gutted. So much for organic.
You should message me if
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something in my profile resonates with you; and if you think we
might really really like each other. With chemistry. You're up for
traveling to/in Africa. Like me, you're looking for the perfect
balance between purpose/work, fun, adventure and love.
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