Recently arrived in San Francisco after ten years hard time
(career-wise, along with fun of course ; ) in wonderful New York,
New York. I work in the tech industry, which brought me to the Bay
Area, but I have a background in arts and music. I'm excited to
explore the beautiful natural destinations as well as the cultural
activities northern Cali has to offer.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently I work in product development and user experience design
for a big internet-media-tech-etc-etc company down in Palo Alto.
The SF–PA commute is longer than anticipated, but its nice how much
warmer it is down there! I also recently finished a master's degree
over a grueling two years, while working full time, so I finally
have free time again for social life and travel.
I’m really good at
Playing guitar, both real and the air variety. Recently got into
cooking more at home. Just simple dishes like fish and kale or
spinach sautéed in garlic and olive oil. Surprised myself.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd hope the first thing people notice is that I'm genial, and
actually listen to them. I like to really get to know people. With
my friends and coworkers, whenever I go clean shaven, or when I cut
my hair from long to short once in a while, it throws them a curve
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'd like to commit to a great novel one of these days, but I am
generally a non-fiction reader, partially due to time-constraints.
There are some dense academic books I enjoyed reading during
graduate study but I won't bore you with those here. I read a lot
in science, politics, culture, and am pretty much always up on
I tend to like quirkier, eccentric movies like the Cohen brothers'
"Fargo", "True Grit", "The Big Lebowski" (TBL = possibly my
all-time fave). If I could be a comedian I might want to be Will
Ferrell. His movies can be very hit or miss, but his absurd style
can make even his flops entertaining. Some good ones that come to
mind: "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Elf"! (when elf passes the sign
in front of that NYC diner: "You did it!! Congratulations!! World's
Best Cup of Coffee!!! Great job, everybody! It's great to be
here.") Also recently caught "Casa de mi Padre" on Netflix. I
recommend it; a great spoof on Spaghetti Westerns and Mexican
Not normally a big TV watcher but lately have gotten into
"Homeland" with Claire Danes on Showtime. It's pretty gripping!
I'll admit some reality shows can suck me in too, like "Top Chef",
"Project Runway", and "Hoarders" (the Hoarders are crazy, a little
sad and touching in their stories, and fascinatingly creative at
building pathways through junk!). My vote for best TV drama ever:
"Mad Men" (is it coming back?). I can relate some having worked for
an ad agency once. I can enjoy any show or movie with performances
by actors who can do a real range in characters, who don't just
'play themselves' because they're a famous celebrity. Like, Tom
Cruise is usually in the latter category, but then you gotta give
him some cred for his hilarious cameo role as Les Grossman,
outrageous, fat, bald, foul-mouthed, rapping, egotistical Hollywood
producer, in "Tropic Thunder" by Ben Stiller, an absolute must-see
satire on Hollywood.
I like too much music to list. Last thing on my pod was the Doves
and The Black Keys. Electronic and dance like Metro Area (from
Brooklyn, shout out) and Goldfrapp. I will listen to some recent
pop like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Classic and modern, experimental
jazz, traditional Delta blues (Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Son
House), and modern classical composition. Just went to see Leonard
Cohen perform -- The Poet -- who never ceases to amaze in song and
verse and energy even at age 79!
One of my favorite things about moving here is the food and
California wine culture. NYC has great food too but I think SF may
have it beat. I've been trying to avoid wheat and gluten lately.
Makes eating out a little tougher but so far feels worth it.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee, sunshine, deep sleep, art/creativity, comic relief. Ummm,
at least those are the first that come to mind. But really, all you
need is love, right?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to come up with new and creative ideas for projects at work;
how to keep my job engaging despite corporate politics and
bureaucracy. Also, I spent some years studying philosophy, so I
think a lot about everything: life, the world, whether love is what
really holds it all together, etc. (On that note another fun movie
recommendation: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life", a hilarious
sendup of modern life).
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing a happy hour. Catching a movie. Wining and dining with
friends. Or just enjoying a relaxing evening at home by my
fireplace (yay SF! NYC banned use of the old fireplaces in
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You can find out in person!
You should message me if
If you like what you've read. And if you don't mind meeting
relatively sooner, without a lot of email exchanges beforehand,
since really, you can only get to know each other in person.