29 Milpitas, CA
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My self-summary
Like many people here, I moved to the Bay Area to work in the tech industry. Unlike your stereotypical tech worker, I spend most of my free time away from the cold glow of the screen and under the warms rays of the sun. In particular, I love road biking. I try to bike to work almost every day, and like to go for longer rides on the weekend. What I love about long rides, is the relaxing, meditating feelings combined with the chance to explore new, interesting places. The Bay Area is the ideal place to be, with its perfect weather, and varied geography, from misty coast to the rugged mountains. When I get the chance, I love to bike tour. When I was in high school, I biked across the United States, and a few years ago I biked the Pacific coast. I also enjoy mountain biking, hiking and kayaking.

I'm also a bit of a geek and love to learn about pretty much everything, but particularly history and science. I can spends hours at a time reading Wikipedia, filling my brain with random trivia.

Personality wise, I'm a very honest and open person, possibly because I'm such a poor liar ;). Seriously though, I think being honest upfront and dealing with the consequences immediately, turns out better in the long run as the truth usually comes out. I also prefer people to be honest with me about my flaws, so I know what I need to work on in the future.

I value quality of my friendships over quality. It takes me a while to warm up to people, but I find that the people I become friends with, I stay close to in the long run. I still keep in touch with two friends from kindergarten, and last year eight friends from high school flew out to visit me, at the same time! As you can imagine, it was quite the party.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a software test engineer at Apple, working on the lower levels of the operating system. You know when your computer crashes, and it asks you if you want to send a report to Apple? Please keep it clean, because I read those sometimes! You'd be amazed at how much profanity is in those reports. It's especially amusing when it's in a different language.
I’m really good at
Listening, and getting along with people. I'm usually shy and a bit awkward in large groups, but I find I can get along with just about anyone on a one on one basis. I find that most everyone has a good side, and they will show it to you if you listen and let them tell their story.

Also Computers. Well I least I hope so, since that's my day job, but please don't ask me to be your tech support. I'm also really good at recalling random trivia. I general I have a very good long term memory, for sequences and events, but oddly not for names. I've been in the awkward situation, where upon meeting someone for the second time, I can recite back their life story, but can't remember what their name is.
The six things I could never do without
* Nature - I'm not a religious person, but oftentimes I feel an almost spiritual connection with nature. I pity those who spend their lives inside and don't get to see what the world has to offer.
* Family and Friends - What is life without people to share it with?
* My Health - I can't do the things I enjoy without it.
* My Bicycles - By far the best way to commute, and the best way to see the world
* Wikipedia - I spend too much time here, and it's turned me into a repository of trivia.
* Food - I have a new appreciation for this after we were running low of it on a backpacking trip, so we had to brutally ration it. I ended up losing seven pounds in nine days, and it took me 14 days of deliberately stuffing myself to regain the weight. Backpacking (without enough food), the ultimate weight loss plan!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Pretty much everything. The meaning of life. Moral philosophy. What is the best economic and political system and how will technology affect them in the future? How sustainable is my lifestyle, and would it be possible to have a world where the average person can live my lifestyle? What's the best way to get from point A to point B (on a bicycle)? I love having arguments with myself. I like to take beliefs that I hold dear, and challenge them, as well as taking view points I oppose, and try to support them. I think it's dangerous when people believe something so strongly they can no longer question it.
On a typical Friday night I am
I typically go to bed early on a Friday night, so I get an early start on Saturday. Sounds boring, I know, but usually my Saturdays are quite amazing to make up for it!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
One time I was on a bikepacking trip, (like backpacking, but on a mountain bike) on a hot summer day. I ran out of water about an hour before I came to a stream, where I could refill. While I was filtering water, a deer walked in about twenty feet upstream, and started to urinate. I yelled at it, but it wouldn't go away. I decided I was too thirsty to care, and keep filtering.

Also, I've accidentally shot myself in the face with bear mace. It's a good thing I don't own a gun.
You should message me if
You are looking for someone to explore the Californian outdoors with. I think going for long hikes together, and having deep conversations, is one of the best ways to learn about someone. I believe a good relationship starts with a good friendship, and really getting to know someone.