I'll make an honest attempt here at the good, the bad, and the ugly. The simple stuff: I'm tall, so I hit my head a lot and don't fit in many cars or most economy class seats in planes. I love the city, but need to escape frequently and perhaps am really more of a country person at heart, ie this means I am not married to any one place on the planet. I have a very solid group of friends and family that I know will always be there and that in many ways makes the possibility of living in far off places more comforting. As for NYC, I once took some quirky Time Out survey of where I should live in the city and landed as a 50/50 Manhattan/Brooklyn person, whatever the hell that means.
I love peace and tranquility, learning, experiencing new things. Travel is like my imagination played out in real life. I've "lived" (at least for a few months at a time) in Paris, Bangkok, Beijing, Amman........and there are other places on the list I'd consider...........in fact a few months a year in Paris or Rome is a serious consideration if a counterpart doesn't come up with a better idea ;). I love art, good books, good film; another escape into my imagination. My work includes seeing patients in the emergency room, teaching MPH students, and working on a project in 11 countries in Africa. It's pretty cool :) I'm a very easy going and happy person; I really don't make a big deal about the little shit, nor should you, or we may be engaged in battle often. Having said that I am laid back, all true, let's call it what it is: I'm 45 and never married so I am somewhat set in my ways, and while I am a bit stubborn, I'm aware of the importance of compromise if I want to share a life with someone (yes, this should have been more than one sentence, stream of ideas, what can I say). I'll be patient if you'll be patient :).
I'm active, cycle, play in a winter basketball league, and occasionally head to the gym; thinking about getting into more long distance rides (I hate running :) ) and while I rarely do it, love to kayak. I have (ironically perhaps?) become more active as I've gotten a bit older; perhaps being in medicine and seeing how out of shape so many of my 30-50 yo patients are inspires me :).
My brother and has family, including one niece and one nephew, live in Westchester. I have a great relationship with my parents who are still in the Midwest and together since 1965, happily! I'm passionate about cooking, and spent time improving my outcomes (sometimes!!) at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris for 3 months. Wine, Belgian beer, and brown liquor make me happy. I sometimes eat too much and drink too much, but I have a hell of a lot of fun.
In addition to the Baudelaire quote, I love the following that I think also over a glimpse into my brain:
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”--E.B. White
" Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing"--Arundhati Roy