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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Francesco: born in Italy, grew up here in the Bay Area, studied in Germany and worked in London. Also fit in some college/grad school in Southern California and NYC. Eventually decided to see what it was like to be an adult in the US. So far it's pretty cool, but now I'd also like to meet someone nice with whom to have new adventures.

I like serious books and silly films and watching TV shows on Netflix. When I'm not doing that stuff, I'm alternating between writing and building playlists on Spotify (I don't trust the radio or Songza to curate music for me). And I like getting outside from time to time, too, whether for half-marathons or hikes or city breaks.

Nice to meet you.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing novels and short stories and thinking up ideas for movie screenplays. Financing that by writing snotty things about Verizon and AT&T for a living.

Running half marathons. Ruining the running by eating. Ruining the eating by running again.
I’m really good at
Traveling to and living in different countries. I'd like to live in a few other places, like maybe Australia or Japan. Travel the last couple years was to places like Portland and Singapore; in 2016 I'm working on getting down to Buenos Aires.

Languages. I'd like to add a few more to this list, too. I once spent a few weeks trying to learn Finnish from a book, but gave up when it was pointed out to me that the Finns all speak English. Duolingo and Mango are among the most-used apps on my phone.

Somewhat unexpectedly, I can throw a decent spiral and Bend It Like Beckham (although maybe not *exactly* like he does).

And I cook!
The first things people usually notice about me
It's been suggested that I sound British, which always makes my British friends laugh in derision.

My eyes get a lot of compliments.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Can't stop reading. Game of Thrones; Lord of the Rings; travel books, mainly Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux; 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dune and Hyperion; history; mid-century American fiction, preferably about suburban folks feeling trapped

Movies: Star Wars; High Fidelity; Austin Powers; Rushmore (any early Wes Anderson); The Dark Knight; Office Space; Orange County; the Big Lebowski. I also always have time for stuff like Back to the Future or Alien/Aliens. More recently, Interstellar

TV: the Simpsons, the Wire, the West Wing, Arrested Development, Community, the Big Bang Theory, Blackadder, Fringe, Firefly, ST:TNG. Latest thing I loved was Deutschland '83 (don't get a lot of chances to dust off my German)

Music: The answer used to be "Pretty much everything, as long as it's indie rock." These days I spend a lot of time looking for electronic/synth-pop videos on YouTube and perfecting my 60s playlist on Spotify. Also into avant-garde classical music and Johnny Cash and Miles Davis.

Food: sushi; buffalo wings; NY-style pizza; In'N'Out; carne asada soft tacos; curries (Indian, Thai, Malay, you name it); Chinese teas of all kinds
The six things I could never do without
Something to read.
Something to write.
Something to write on/with.
Something to listen to.
Something to watch.
Somewhere to go.

And maybe add "someone to do all this stuff with"?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Doing things that I've never done before. Traveling to new places. Financing said things/places.

Three-act plot structure. Transition from Act 1 to Act 2, or Act 2 to Act 3 (that's the one I really have trouble with).

Whether or not I can tetris the books I just got into the rapidly diminishing space on my bookshelves. Or if I should stop buying books and just go to the library instead?
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm training for a run, it's likely to be carb-loading, or justifying a single beer with coworkers.

Otherwise, plotting the overthrow of tyranny. And maybe ramen.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My sense of direction is charmingly awful - I can get lost on the New York subway.
You should message me if
You don't have Ayn Rand in your profile. You want to share a pithy observation, on any subject. Or, possibly, you've realized that what's missing from your life is someone who can find a Simpsons quote for any occasion.