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Francois_D_

30 M Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

My Details

Last Online
Aug 29
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Strictly vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism
Sign
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Poorly), C++ (Fluently)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Well, I think most people would characterize me as a pretty relaxed and easy-going kind of guy. I am quite passionate about my work, but at the same time have a pretty broad array of other interests and ambitions, and often find myself wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day so I could fit it all in. I value humour immensely and attempt it often, though your results may vary...

I play a lot of sports and try to spend as much time out on the water and up in the mountains as I possibly can. Surfing, sailing, ski touring, rock climbing, hiking, soccer, squash, cycling, dodgeball... these are some of my favorite things to do.

I also love playing, writing and recording music, and have had some of the most incredibly fun and creative times of my life recently, collaborating with a few amazingly talented friends.

Probably not surprising, then, that one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend is to grab a bunch of friends and a couple of guitars, road trip it with them down to Oregon, hit the waves, then cook up a good old-fashioned post-surf feast. Once the food coma has worn off, the natural conclusion to such a day is, of course, building a fire on the beach and sitting under the stars while enjoying some delicious Portland brews, playing some songs and meandering through alternately profound and hilarious discussions on life, the universe and everything.

Anyway, if that kind of thing sounds sort of alright, then I guess you should read on!

Unless, perhaps, you are troubled by one small caveat: I am not particularly interested in having kids.

Now I don't mean to be too presumptuous about what anyone is looking for here, or even to imply that I'm on some kind of a mission to settle down. But I do figure I should mention it, as a couple of otherwise incredible relationships have sadly ended because of this. It's not that I don't think it would be a very fulfilling and exciting thing to do. Rather, I just see so many equally fulfilling and exciting pursuits out there that appeal to me more, and other ways I feel I can give something back to society. And the whole white picket fence thing has never really been my idea of romance, anyway.

Okay! So, I'm glad we got that out of the way. Thought I should put it up front so I don't waste too much of anyone's time. Lots more below, if you aren't running for the hills (yet?)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Yikes! What a massive question. It occurs to me that it might actually be easier to list the things I'm not trying to do with my life. But anyway, here goes nothing:

My life is a perpetual balancing act between a career that I find very meaningful, the people that are most important to me, and all of the exciting and interesting and challenging things there are to do out there in the world. I can never resist a challenge.

I think the phrase "work hard, play hard" applies pretty well to my lifestyle, and I love to be constantly learning and exploring and trying new things. But actions speak louder than words, don't they? So, why not a few highlights from the last couple of years...

- Helped to launch and commission a small Canadian satellite that I have been working on for over five years
- Sailed up to Princess Lousia inlet, one of the most profoundly beautiful places I have ever discovered, and summited Mount John Clarke
- Skied every sweet piece of backcountry powder that I could get my hands on around the Callaghan Valley, Garibaldi and Duffey Lake
- Roadtripped down to Oregon for countless amazingly fun and gourmet surf trips
- Wrote and recorded a (very amateur) 5-track EP
- Performed a few (equally amateur) songs at a good friend's wedding (fortunately, everyone was too distracted by the whole getting married thing to cast aspersions on the guy in the corner with a guitar...)
- Bottled half a dozen batches of homemade beer
- Baked a 9-layer, 4-foot tall climbing wall-shaped birthday cake for a couple of my closest friends
- Attended a conference at NASA's JPL facility in Pasadena
- Drove up and down the southern California coast, visiting and surfing with friends in Santa Barbara, LA and San Diego
- Claimed a "championship title" in Vancouver's "premier" recreational dodgeball league, and had a hell of a fun time doing it
- Presented at a CSA conference in Montréal
- Played a whole bunch of rec soccer
- Flew up to the Yukon with a couple of friends to camp, hike, explore the north and to check out the Dawson City Music Fest
- Sailed and snorkeled all around the British Virgin Islands

Okay, so I'm sorry if that reads sort of like a résumé, but I figure if there's a time to be coy it is not when you are writing an online dating profile. Also, did I mention I'm an engineer? Just consider yourself lucky that I didn't attach a spreadsheet or something...
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Perhaps at this point you'll be relieved to know that this is a much shorter list. For one, I generally feel like there's always room for improvement, no matter how good I get at something. And also, since I tend to do a lot of different things, I feel like I never really get exceptionally good at any of them...

Perhaps one field, though, in which I might be bold enough to say I've achieved a little bit of mastery, is nachos. I love to cook, and nachos have always been my favorite dish. So, it started out pretty simple, as just a way to get together and have a beer with the team after some evening sports. But time after time I tried to outdo myself and by now I've probably cycled through about 40 or 50 different cuisines (from Thai nachos, to Indian, to Haligonian) and am now well into bizarre, yet delicious, conceptual variations (like "Zombie Nachos," "The 1% Nachos," or, most recently "Tar Sands Nachos"). Did I mention I like a challenge!?

I also feel like I am pretty damn good at rap karaoke. However, while they are fairly supportive of the nacho feasts, my friends would probably tell you that this is not in the least bit true.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I really have no idea... perhaps the beard, if I haven't shaved in a while?

I guess friends have remarked about my laugh before. I laugh a lot, and pretty heartily. There's a lot of lung and/or chest action going on there, it seems; I'm guessing if you were sitting in the seat beside me at a movie theater, you'd feel it shake a bit at the funny parts.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
A random assortment in no particular order, based on a couple of quick glances at my bookshelf, music library, etc...

Books: Oryx and Crake, Cosmos, Contact, Brave New World, 1984, The Fountains of Paradise, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Princess Bride, Treasure Island, Shogun, This is Your Brain on Music, The Way Things Work, The Language Instinct (really, anything by Steven Pinker).

Movies: The 25th hour (really, anything by Spike Lee), Youth in Revolt (obviously?), Bon Cop Bad Cop, Casablanca, Pirates of the Caribbean (yes, all of them...), The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Lost in Translation, Amélie, Moonrise Kingdom (and most Wes Anderson), Master and Commander, Top Gun, V for Vendetta, 12 Monkeys, Apocalypse now, Dr. Strangelove, Ratatouille, Wall-E.

Plays: Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Waiting for Godot, This is a Play.

Shows: Californication, House, Scrubs, Seinfeld, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Inbetweeners, Game of Thrones, Community, Clone High, Firefly, Planet Earth.

Music: this is a real doozie. So much! Everything from Brahms to Chopin to the Weakerthans, The Tragically Hip... Death Cab, The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Ani Difranco, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Talib Kweli, Drake, Lil Wayne, The Roots, Wu-Tang... Tokyo Police Club, Rural Alberta Advantage, Wintersleep, Japandroids. I could go on practically forever. In short, music is very important to me.

Food: also very important. I believe I mentioned nachos... but I also enjoy cooking, baking and, most importantly, eating more or less everything else on the spectrum from a quinoa-kale salad to deep-fried ice cream. Or everything without meat, at least; I'm both proud and sad to say that I recently became vegetarian. In any case, I like to roll Iron Chef style, with whatever's on hand for ingredients, and with experimentation and intuition usually substituting for recipes (I suck at following them anyway). Oh ya, and I have a serious soft spot for flambées. There really is nothing quite like a dessert that can literally light up the room...
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Ok, so I think "friends" and "family" etc. should just be assumed when it comes to these kinds of questions. It's kind of a given that these are and should be pretty important in most people's lives. More specific to my personality, I would say:

1. Mountains and ocean (is that two, am I cheating?) Maybe I'll just call it "cool geography that you can play in."

2. My guitar. Or perhaps my ukulele... as a result of its slightly more convenient size, it has become an almost constant companion throughout various trips and adventures.

3. The night sky. I watched the Perseids from Joffre lakes last year, and what a show it was. So beautiful, so humbling.

4. Hilarity. Laughter really is the best medicine.

5. Flight. My career kind of depends on it, and so did my dad's. Also quite useful for visiting cool places and people.

6. Intimacy, attraction, passion, love... all that kind of gooey good stuff. Why else would I be here?

7. Science. Okay, now I'm really cheating (not to mention killing the mood...) But it's probably important to note (or disclaim, depending on your particular bent) that I'm a bit of a science nerd and/or space geek, that I love to learn and understand as much as I can about anything and everything, and that most of my heroes are great scientific (but also humanitarian) thinkers like Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, and Albert Einstein.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Everything and anything. Work, music, science, space, physics, genetics, neuroscience, psychology... what to cook for dinner. Maybe a bit of politics here and there. Usually at least one or more parts of my mind are preoccupied with planning the next adventure, whatever and wherever that may be, and there's some other parts in there somewhere that always seem to be contemplating the next big project or ambition, whether it's in terms of art, or sports, or cooking, or just how to build a better mouse trap (figuratively speaking, of course... vegetarian, remember?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Most likely packing up skis and boots, or surfboard and wetsuit, for a weekend trip. Otherwise, cooking and enjoying some beers, laughs, vino, etc. and other assorted good times with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Well, there's lots that you could probably suss out of me... I'm honest to a fault and don't believe in hiding anything from either friends or romantic partners.

But for starters, let's just say that when all my friends were raving about Green Day's "Dookie," I had the good sense to make my very first album "The Sign" by Ace of Base. And what's more, I chose (for some reason) to stand by it, staunchly, in the face of nearly unending derision.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You're self-confident, adventurous, interesting, intelligent, fun, funny and fit... looking for a bit of excitement and always up for a challenge!

If you're any combination of outdoorsy, sporty, nerdy, and/or musical, too, then I'm really all ears...