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Smile1997

47 M El Cerrito, CA

My Details

Last Online
Apr 12
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Judaism, but not too serious about it
Sign
Virgo, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Sales / Marketing
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Has dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), Russian (Poorly), Italian (Okay)

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My self-summary
To get started, I'll offer a bit of a laundry list...
* great listener
* sports fan
* foodie
* intellectually curious
* passionate / enthusiastic
* bi-coastal (CA for decades, MA grew up in)
* grateful / appreciative
* entertaining
* Matisse fan
* linguist
* movie lover
* global and independent traveler
* philosophical
* young-at-heart, but an old soul
* expressive
* animal lover
* hopeless romantic
* oenophile
* giving
* crimson and cardinal
* long-winded... ;) i'll shut up now

Actually, if you care to read beyond "the list" (feel free to scroll past), I can offer a paragraph or two of prose. Smiling and laughter is a big hunk of what you get with me; if I’m not keeping you amused, I’m not doing my job. Those close to me always tell me I have a gift for it. I’ll also add that I’m a “people person,” although the mere words make me wince a bit because that is one of the most over-used terms in the history of humankind. ;-) Let’s just say the times I tend to treasure the most include some number of my friends, family, etc…. I can also say that I’m a pretty clear ENFP, for those of you who follow the Myers-Briggs world out there. While I certainly survive just fine on my own, I thrive among others, particularly in small (intimate) groups.

At the risk of sounding painfully generic one more time, I’ll also tell you that I like to live my life PASSIONATELY. What are my passions? Great food and wine – I’ve explored my interests here all over this country, and taken it to distant lands to boot. Amazing international wanders that crossed through multiple countries—Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Guatemala and Borneo were fun, but Italy and France remain long-time favorites; Spain isn’t chopped liver either. ;-) In parallel, I like to be able to speak in [some of] those nation’s languages—thus my pursuit of French, Italian, and Spanish. I’ve also studied a few other languages at times, like Russian, Hebrew, and Greek—but that’s more in my past now.
What I’m doing with my life
figuring out what i most want to do with my life
deciding how an MBA can contribute soulfully to the world
giving back to the community
walking my dog
smelling the roses
I’m really good at
languages... love them
making people smile and laugh
being silly
caressing
treasuring cuisine (and wine) from all over the world
compassion and passion
The first things people usually notice about me
my sense of humor and my smile
how much I revel in making people giggle
how articulate I can be when I want to be
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a MOVIE NUT. Love going out for the theater experience (The Dark Knight just doesn't belong on a small screen); also love indulging in the relaxation of home DVDs, preferably in the company of someone i care about.
A few of my favorite flicks:
* Casablanca
* American Graffiti (back when George Lucas could write well)
* The Shawshank Redemption
* When Harry Met Sally
* The Princess Bride
* Airplane
* Silence of the Lambs
* Inglorious Basterds
* This is Spinal Tap
* Mystic River

Music-wise, I consider myself to have fairly eclectic taste... my favorite perhaps is Alternative/Indie/ModernRock (Pearl Jam, Snow Patrol, Coldplay); sometimes I'm in the mood for grungier, heavy guitar (Jane's Addiction, Soundgarden, Nirvana); also love great female vocalists (Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant); broadening the global reach (Gipsy Kings, Youssou N'Dour, Francis Cabrel); moved by opera (La Boheme, The Three Tenors, La Wally); likewise by classical (Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's 9th, Mozart's Nachtmusik, Lizst Liebestraum); then I can swing all the way around and return to today's pop (Beyonce, The Fray, even John Mayer--a guilty pleasure). Nope, you just can't pinpoint me. Not easily, anyway.

Food, food, food. One of the greatest joys in life, from the simplicity of a great burger (Wood Tavern!), to the luxuries like foie gras, white truffles, prosciutto and well-prepared sweetbreads, back to the basics like homemade chocolate cake with a vanilla buttercream frosting, the richness of a fondue savoyarde, the joy of hamachi or a spicy hotate melting in your mouth, the Slanted Door's preparation of Bo Luc Lac... I've eaten all over this amazing planet, and I challenge you to find a nationality whose cuisine I DON'T like. I guess I'll end this list like I enjoy ending certain meals: with a cheese plate--today's menu calls for extra aged Gouda like Beemster XO, Rocamadour chevre, cave-aged gruyere, Saint Agur blue, and how about some Torta del Casar from Spain, scooped out as a gooey spoonful... mmmmm, I'm getting hungry suddenly.

OK, I must confess that books are not my strong suit. I've often joked with friends that I'm undoubtedly the smartest person they'll ever meet--that is, person who doesn't particularly enjoy reading. ;-)
I do like thumbing through a NY Times, and taking time to do the CWP of course...
The six things I could never do without
laughter and my gift for causing it
affection; the splendor of human touch
great coffee
Golden Retrievers and other dogs and puppies
breathtaking sunsets, and other reminders of what a beautiful world we live in
authenticity and honesty
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how gifted of a procrastinator i am... ;-)
how i should spend less time thinking
how incredibly fortunate we as people are... and not due to riches
how much i cherish relationships, in many different forms
On a typical Friday night I am
totally up for going out with friends
but also
very tempted by the hedonism of cozying up inside (with the right company / activity, that is...)

btw, don't like the concept of a "typical" Friday night... variety is the spice of life -- one of my bedrock idioms
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm very generous in what I'm willing to share... once I know you.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 36–46
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
you find resonance above
you like my looks
you love to laugh
you feast in the senses
you deeply appreciate life
you are some mix of: playful; compassionate; affectionate; open-minded/curious; intelligent; romantic; emotive; enthused.