I was born and raised in Alameda, went to UC Davis, spent some time working in Alaska, and have been living in Oakland the last five years.
I'm really into outdoor activity, be it camping, hiking, lounging at the beach/by the lake, backpacking, kayaking, diving. Love to travel: been to Europe twice, a bunch of states, Mexico/Canada, and Taiwan. I'd rather get lost myself in a new place than rely on a pre-packaged tour.
I'm a big fish nerd. Got my B.S. in ichthyology (fish bio) at Davis, monitored fishing boats in Alaska for a couple years, and have been doing environmental consulting for the last five. I don't know what exactly drew me to fish or marine biology. Maybe because I felt most people when observing at a body of water only look at the surface and it's surrounding, unaware of the life bustling around under the reflection. Maybe it's because they're so tasty and I want to help ensure fish tacos will be around for generations to come.
I took up scuba diving four or so years ago and quickly fell in love. To me it's the closest thing you can get to being an astronaut, suspended in liquid in an alien world. I've never dove warm water, only California, but trust me it's on my bucket list. I spearfish (you know, for the tacos i'm ensuring will be around), dive a bit for work, and volunteer as a diver for Steinhart Aquarium in the city. I also a big skier, and have a pass at the Northstar/Heavenly/Kirkwood complex.
I have a very outgoing personality, and enjoy meeting new people. Bit of a flirt. Big talker. I'm 1/2 Swiss, 1/4 Irish, and 1/4 Alsatian, but the Irish side comes through the most.