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IrkaBirka

42 M La Crescenta, CA

My Details

Last Online
Online now!
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Sign
Taurus
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Education
Income
$50,000–$60,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Likes cats
Speaks
English, Spanish (Fluently), French (Okay), Arabic (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I should add a caveat here: Though my main profile photo was taken recently, I don't wear a suit very often - I'm a lot more creative and down-to-earth than my photos might make it seem. Also, if I seem tall in the photo, it's only because I'm standing next to a short auntie. :). Still with me? Okay ...

I enjoy hiking, traveling, exploring, reading, and learning languages. I love to try new hole-in-the-wall restaurants and people-watch, and when I travel, I like to visit non-touristy places where I can interact with local folks.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
Working, hiking, writing (or thinking about writing), practicing saxophone (I just resumed lessons after a 20-year hiatus), reading the L.A. Times, drinking an Americano (espresso, not a human being) every morning -- and daydreaming (also known as procrastinating).

I have worked as a public-school teacher in inner-city Los Angeles for fifteen years (six years in elementary and nine in high school), and this year I'm taking a leave of absence to work as a substitute and finish my novel. I'm planning to return to full-time teaching next year.

I also have a real-estate broker's license and I'm preparing to start advertising my own discount brokerage. I enjoy working on my home(s). I'm not the most mechanically-inclined person (at least, compared to my father and brother), so when I fix a faucet, solder a piece of pipe, unclog a tub drain, or change an electrical fixture without frying myself, I feel a strong sense of accomplishment.
I’m really good at
If we end up dating, you can answer this one yourself.
The first things people usually notice about me
Many people have noticed my eyes - and a resemblance to a tennis star whose name rhymes with "haggissy." (Yeah, I know that's not a word.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a novel on average every two months, and I read the L.A. Times and online news every single day. I don't watch much television, but I listen to lots of public radio and I love to go to the movies. My favorite theater chains are the Laemmle and Landmark, but I'm willing to compromise and see a blockbuster every so often.

Musically, I like a lot of hard rock and music from the 60's and 70's, but I'm open to other types of music as well. The Beatles are an all-time favorite.
The six things I could never do without
1. Good, stimulating conversation.
2. Travel.
3. Hiking in the mountains - mostly the Verdugos, the San Gabriels, and Griffith Park.
4. A good internet connection.
5. My daily newspaper.
6. Faire l'amour.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Where will I travel next? When are my lime, peach, and blood-orange trees going to begin pulling their weight and repay me for all the water I pour on them? Should I go for a hike today after work?

A lot of women on OkCupid say they're searching for a "partner in crime." Why does this website attract so many female criminals? :)

I've also thought a lot about my future and what other career I might find as fulfilling as my current one. I give a lot of thought to world issues, such as the wars in South Sudan, Central African Republic, and, especially, Syria.

Lastly, and perhaps most relevant, will I find a down-to-earth, non-materialistic, intellectually-curious, passionate, warm, sexy woman to be my lover and life partner before I qualify for AARP membership?
On a typical Friday night I am
Hiking in the early evening, especially if the weather is cool, or meeting a friend (or a date) for a movie, dinner, a drink, or all of the above. Either that, or I'm sitting on my futon at home, feet up on a chair, listening to public radio, catching up on the newspaper, watching a DVD, or talking on the phone.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I know this is heresy, but I don't care much for large dogs. When I see a woman holding and nuzzling her dog(s) in her profile photos, sometimes I wonder if she hasn't already found her mate.

Also, when you're surrounded by a ton of people in your profile photos, or if all of your photos look as if they were taken at a party, sometimes I don't bother leaving you a message because I wonder if there's space in that group - and your life - for me.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 30–42
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You should send me a message if you're interested in getting to know me. I don't mind taking the lead in dating and relationships, but I need to know there's some interest on your part. No lengthy message required; just type "Hi." If I feel that we're compatible, I'll take it from there.