StephTak
25 Berkeley, CA
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My self-summary
Originally from southern California, moved to New England for college, moved to the Bay after college, guitar and ukulele dabbler, always looking for new adventures, to learn new things and be open to new ideas and perspectives.

I've spent a fair amount of time in Latin America in the last several years. I've got a soft spot for all things Brazilian after studying and working there at different times during college.

I like staying active. I usually end up going for runs in Berkeley or around Lake Merritt, Yoga to the People, an occasional pick up frisbee game, or hiking on the weekends.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently working at a pediatric autism therapy company through Kaiser, so I get to work directly with kids and their families all over the East Bay. It's really gratifying to see them improve in very tangible ways, and I get to use my Spanish quite a bit with clients which is fun.

I'm searching for the holy grail of taco trucks, so if you have the answer please do tell.
I’m really good at
thinking of really bad puns, guessing the ingredients in smoothies I try (it's a gift), getting creative in the kitchen, busting out foreign language skills in opportune situations, actually organizing that fun thing that you've been wanting to do for a while but haven't actually done yet, being genuine, listening to others, going with the flow, connecting with people from all walks of life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Mountains Beyond Mountains, Blink, The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Shallows, The Sun Also Rises. I like to switch it up between non-fiction and fiction.

Movies: Forrest Gump, The Sandlot, Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption, The Motorcycle Diaries, Jerry Maguire, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back to the Future

Shows: Girls, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, House of Cards,

Music: Dispatch, Train, Passion Pit, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Ratatat, Maná, Julieta Venegas, Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Shins, Rilo Kiley, Daft Punk, The Weepies

I LOVE lots of types of foods: Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Brazilian, and Peruvian are among my favorites.

Favorite podcasts at the moment include: The Moth, This American Life, Reply All, Start Up, and of course Serial.
Have any recommendations?
The six things I could never do without
laughter
delicious food
sunsets
spontaneous dance parties
craft beer
avocados
I spend a lot of time thinking about
new places to explore locally
On a typical Friday night I am
grabbing drinks with friends, taking advantage of the fun and random events going on in the Bay Area, or just getting ready for a Saturday adventure.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Even though I'm from the LA area, I secretly like the Bay Area better than SoCal.
You should message me if
you want to!
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