I value simplicity; I live in a small house surrounded by nature (on three sides; behind me is a freeway) and I've always managed to live below my means, which has served me well.
I haven't traveled around the U.S. much, but I've done my share of globe-trotting, and I served four months in the Peace Corps, until civil war broke out and I was evacuated by helicopter.
As for my ethnicity, my father is Lebanese and my mother is Jewish (of Eastern-European heritage). They met at UCLA in the mid-60's. Quite a mix, huh?
There's lots more to tell, but I'd rather talk to you on the phone -- or over a cup of coffee or a margarita -- than write a novel here.