I moved to DC from my native California in early 2011. Drawn at first by the prospects of a career in politics (and having worked in it for a good while after my arrival in town -- and yes, I'd do it again), I now find myself working in the rather distinct though fascinating field of online editing/publishing for an international organization. (Definitely the sort of opportunity that only a place like DC could offer.) Now, having established myself 3,000 miles from the place I will always call home, I figure it's time to focus on bigger and better things!
My understanding of life is that we live to serve in a spirit of charity, and we do this best by focusing our attention on those around us in our day-to-day lives. We find happiness by going outside ourselves and interacting with others, because (like it or not), we are social creatures. (If you deny that, you may want to ask yourself what you're doing on a dating website to begin with.) Live for others -- and particularly, for another -- and you will find great joy.
I am drawn to all things artistic: cuisine, music, visual art, architecture, drama, dance, etc. (I myself am an organist, pianist and vocalist, which I still do professionally on the side. I'm also a self-proclaimed foodie.) I see art and culture as an essential part of the human experience, and I enjoy partaking in it as well as creating it. In fact, one concept of a fun evening for me would be to cook up a storm in the kitchen with somebody and then enjoy the end result with some great wine afterward.
I love partaking in cultural experiences, be they from my own tradition or from another. (And I have the passport stamps to prove it!) That said, I tend to have a globally-oriented worldview, and I take pride in my heritage, which is both Catholic and Hispanic. I am a man of conviction and passion, but I maintain a sense of inner composure that reflects itself outwardly.