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30 M San Francisco, CA

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Last Online
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Middle Eastern
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Mostly halal
Not at all
Taurus, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from university
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Likes cats
English, Arabic (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), Sign Language (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Describe myself? I once got a letter saying, "Life is never boring with you. I know I can count on you in any number of dangerous situations. You are ever cheerful and one of the most eloquent men I have ever met."

What can I say? Energetic, silly, dependable, clever, adventurous, caring... I love life and my world is large! I live in a dozen different boxes all at once: an Egyptian raised in New England and The South; a logician who believes in magic (not fire-from-fingertips, but a sort of sparkle to things unseen and only just barely felt); an extrovert who loves both quiet evenings and madcap afternoons; and a logo-lingui-bibliophile with a literary streak giggling in the body of a Software Engineer. Words and their meanings mean a great deal to me, and I try to cultivate words like a gardener tends his garden. Communication, open, honest, and free means more to me than almost anything else.

I love to travel. Not just the visiting of places mind you, but also the actual feeling of motion, of journeying, of wandering and seeking and getting lost and then having found. These days I'm occasionally in New York, LA, Atlanta, or DC, with yearly trips to Egypt, Europe, or some other further off place as my schedule allows. I've been journeying for most of my life, really, and I'm perfectly at ease in deserts, forests, oceans, and airport lounges. But despite (or maybe because of) all my travel, what I'm looking for are the cheery lights of Home. Not the place, but the Person who makes the place -- desert, forest, ocean, lounge -- be Home.

I am pleasantly optimistic, hilariously creative, and always heroic.
What I’m doing with my life
By day, I'm a boldly-mannered software engineer inventing the future at a company I love. By night, though... By night I don a cape and mask and roam the city looking to put ne'er-do-wells to justice. Or, at least, I would, if spandex were warm enough for this city...

But seriously: outside of work, I'm always in the middle of a bunch of little projects. I'm learning how to play Swan Lake on the clarinet; I'm teaching myself the guitar; I'm taking boxing and tango lessons (I know, right? Crazy extremes); and I'm working on my writing -- little short stories, the occasional joke, a bawdy limerick or two. I like trying new things and I have fun with it. I think maybe surfing is next? Or fencing. Always wanted to learn both. Or maybe I'll give busking a shot...

I also travel a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Once a month or two I seem to find myself in an airport with my traveling bag, shouldering my way through security.
I’m really good at
Heh. I have a superpower, and it's logistics and time management. I can plan 28 hours of worth stuff for a day and then actually fit it all in, all without a time machine. I once managed to be the best man at two back-to-back weddings, one in Denver and the other here in San Francisco without missing a thing for either of them. I ended up changing into my tux in the airport bathroom. It was pretty awesome (I mean, I could have said "no" to one of them, but where's the fun in that?). With enough planning, all things are possible, and I *love* to plan.

Superpowers aside, I'm good at Computer Science/programming/problem solving, which is good because it's my job. I also rock at campfire stories -- storytelling in general, really -- and, of course, puns. You've never met a punster like me, I can pretty much guarantee it. I never metapun I didn't like.

I also possess some skill at beating people in board games (chess, anyone? Scrabble?), though my other board gaming friends would scoff if they heard me say so. They're wrong, though. I'll show 'em on my next turn...
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm told it's my energy. I'm always brimming with enthusiasm for whatever's at hand, and the enthusiasm's pretty infectious.

After that, it's probably my beard or my eyes. My eyes are bright, almost yellow, and catch the light well, especially when I'm excited (which is almost always). And my beard... well, it's the dominating feature of my face, I suppose. I shave it off from time to time, but I like playing with it too much to keep it off.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Asking me which book is my favorite is somewhat akin to asking me which breath of air is my favorite. But just to give an idea of the books I enjoy reading:
"Dune", "The Lord of the Rings", "Earth Abides", "One Hundred Years of Solitude", Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold (loved "Paladin of Souls") or Stephen Brust (couldn't put "Phoenix Guards" down at all), and "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

There are so many more it's not even funny, but those will suffice for the moment.

I don't watch as many movies as I read books, but I do have a few favorites:
"Interstate 60", "Star Wars: A New Hope", "The Princess Bride" (who doesn't like this movie?), "The Incredibles"

I love most music, so long as it has an interesting, driving beat, a guitar, or both. This includes most rock (though modern rock gets a little too plain for me sometimes), some pop, some rap, a little country, and a heck of a lot of jazz. A LOT of jazz. Favorites though? My friends would call it cerebral stuff. How 'bout:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, The Foo Fighters, The Protomen, Yasunori Mitsuda, Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky in general, really)

Food: I'll eat it all. No, seriously. Haggis? Done. Knuckle-and-tendon soup? Delish. Liver? Bring it on. I'll never say no to Indian or Chinese food, though.

My all time favorite video game is Chronotrigger. There, I said it.

Hands down, my two favorite paintings are Daybreak and The Persistence of Memory. I have prints of both, and I could stare at both for hours.
The six things I could never do without
A good question, best answered briefly and as a poem:

Challenges, literature, stories.
A song in my head,
The banter of friends,
And the eternity of Seas.

Oh, and the magic sword I keep strapped to my hip. To everyone else it looks like a pen, but if you look very closely, you can sometimes see the blade... (no seriously. I've had the same pen for, like, 10 years. I love this thing).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Mostly, I think up wordplay and puns. Lots and lots of puns. They just happun sometimes. They're beyond my puntrol. Ok, I'll stop now.

But seriously: I spend a lot of time thinking about how to invent The Future and why we're still doing things the way we are. Like, boarding airplanes, for example. (I mean, come on! There's gotta be a faster way than the zombie shuffle...). Or why exactly haven't we invented hoverboards or flying cars yet, and how exactly they'd work and would you even want one if they existed? Let's be honest: of course you would.

(Aside: Elon Musk is, like, my hero. I must've dreamt up the Hyperloop a dozen times and here he goes actually designing the thing.)

Heh. I think a lot about politics, economics, and society, too, and the Way the World Works. Power gradients, incentives, injustice, trust and mistrust, and their interplay in society. I've been following the Arab Spring and the Egyptian revolution closely; it's been both uplifting and terrifying by degrees. It's crazy watching history on that scale unfold.
On a typical Friday night I am
More recent Friday nights I've been taking Tango lessons, which are a great challenge and a lot of fun. I'll sometimes miss the classes for a good reason, though -- friends coming into town, a board game night, Karaoke, or random trips to visit people in some other city. On occasion I'll have a quiet night in with a video game or movie, too. It's good to let the batteries recharge.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well, two things..

The first is that there are some poems out that that, for no reason other than their beauty and their words, bring me to tears. It seems I'm in good company, though.

The second is that yes, I don't drink, and so consequently I don't really enjoy the bar scene or the club scene at all. Not that dancing isn't fun -- it is -- but alcohol and alcohol-based activities aren't really my thing.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 26–32
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if
You're looking for someone you've never found before.

And because you love life and love living in a big, crazy, multifaceted world.

Or you could message me if you're looking for someone to take you out dancing and walk you home smiling. Or maybe we go play Scrabble instead and you come home grinning. Either works for me. Or maybe we talk for hours about our dreams and desires as we watch the world turn about us.

You might message me if you want the conventional adventure of a road trip as well as the unconventional (but still amazing) adventure of growing a relationship, building a family, setting down roots, and forming a community.

Message me if you think that the right word at the right time in the right place can change this world for the better. And when you do, send me just that word and let's change the world together.

Or even just message me if you merely enjoy meeting interesting new people, 'cause I like that too.