I'm energetic and always try to maintain a positive attitude. I’m one of those people who views everything as a learning opportunity, even if to others something may seem like an abject failure. I'd like to think I don't sweat the small stuff, though occasionally I’ll sweat the large stuff. (Like, why did they start having the ID page of passports be the second page instead of the inside cover page? So annoying.)
I have a lot of interests—so I once overheard one friend say to another about me—and enjoy just about everything, including cultural events such as plays and concerts, as well as happy hours and sports events. I'm rather social and make friends easily.
About ten years ago I got into running and doing races, which has also led to triathlons and mountaineering. It's added a facet to my life that I really enjoy.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a lawyer who started my own practice in 2013. I’m involved in the startup/venture capital scene. I've always liked to help others, and am glad I stumbled into law. I also write a weekly column for a website. My little firm has been growing quite a bit lately, so I work quite a bit. (But this includes time schmoozing clients and going to networking events.)
By the way, I wasn't always a lawyer: after undergrad I was a full-time waiter & bartender for five years, then spent two years as a social worker. It's been an interesting journey.
What I'm NOT doing with my life: watching TV.
I’m really good at
Networking. I've moved quite a bit, though only within the U.S.,
and it has forced me to make connections rather quickly. (My
movelogue reads MEM-MIA-DC-LA-NSH-CHI-NYC-ATL-NYC-DC-NYC.)
The first things people usually notice about me
my accent, though considering I've spent most of my adult life away from the South, it gets tiresome to have to constantly talk about it
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: everything by Nick Hornby, Tom Robbins, Scott Turow, Tom Wolfe, Anne Tyler, Elmore Leonard, also Catch-22, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Invisible Man, Harry Potter, Dante's Inferno, The Dirt (M. Crue), X, Brothers Karamazov.
Movies: all Woody Allen & Alfred Hitchcock, also Inception, Two Lovers, Spiderman 2, Bullets Over Broadway, Godfather I & II, Dumb & Dumber, Princess Bride, Empire Strikes Back, You've Got Mail, Evil Dead 2, Three O'Clock High, old film noir like Double Indemnity & Laura.
Shows: all Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, and Neil Simon, also Avenue Q, Rock of Ages, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Candide, Spamalot, The Barber of Seville, Altar Boyz.
Music: at home I mostly listen to classical (unless I'm on my bike trainer, in which case I'm watching/listening to the latest hip-hop videos), but I also like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Motley Crue, Amy Winehouse, Eminem, U2, Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Velvet Underground, 80s pop, 90s indie rock/alt, some jazz.
Food: I tend to eat healthy though that doesn't mean I'm a light eater by any stretch. I try to have a lot of carbs for breakfast and lunch and then have a moderate dinner. As far as ethnic foods go, I enjoy cuisines from Southeast Asia. Though I don't often have dessert (other than yogurt), a few years ago my pecan pie won a baking contest.
The six things I could never do without
2. running shoes (right now I'm back to the Brooks Adrenaline
3. books, whether kindle or hardback
4. a comfy bed
5. facebook (I'm hopelessly addicted)
6. my composition book
Though I go without all of these things when I'm on a mountain, so
I guess the only thing I really can't do without is a positive
I spend a lot of time thinking about
where the time went. Could I have an extra hour or two in the day
On a typical Friday night I am
attending some event, unless I have a race the next morning
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
While I like texting, emailing, and (especially) face-to-face encounters, I'm not really a telephone person except with my clients and my family. I'm more of a let's-go-ahead-and-meet person.
You should message me if
I’m probably a better match for an entrepreneur or busy professional than a 9 to 5er. Aside from that, I’d like to meet someone who is positive, in good shape, is generally up for going out and doing things, and would potentially like to grab a coffee or a drink sometime. (And is not weirded out that I don't drink.)