Now for some specifics. I'm an unusual combination of attributes. No, that's not a euphemism for "I have Rattlesnakes as pets and only nine toes." I'm cerebral, enjoying learning and discovery as much as anything in life. I write in my free time and just finished my first novel. I also, however, have a strong physical side. I used to be a competitive swimmer and ocean lifeguard, and I still enjoy hiking. I love to play sports and I passionately follow Cal's football team (GO BEARS). I love the ocean wholly--being near it, swimming in it, fishing on it--and feel most centered when surrounded by any type of natural beauty. I also manage to have a lot of fun along the way. I enjoy live music, plays, trying new restaurants, traveling (went to England last year and am thinking about Italy this year). I'm the good kind of tough, meaning a person who is strong but also a sensitive and supportive partner. You get the power without the domination and the sensitivity without the emasculation.
I'm looking for someone smart and curious, someone who is genuinely interested in ideas and in learning new things. Also on the wish list: funny and able to banter well; spiritually inclined; grammatically correct; sexy and sensual; wise; nurturing; bipedal. Hating Stanford is a bonus.