And like most I hope, my family and friends are very important to me. I take the time to talk with and visit my family regularly, and I call Seattle home largely because this is where my closest friends live. I've lived in great places in the world, but rain or shine, community trumps it all.
One thing that those friendships have in common is an intellectual curiosity about the world, and I have always had a desire to use my noggin to explore and change that world. My first project out of grad school was to write a quirky program called "Adobe Carousel" - now known as Adobe Acrobat / Reader. More recently I started my own company that develops mobile sports apps, hoping to once again change how people interact with technology. It is exciting work and very rewarding so far.
But, as much as I love what I do, it does not define my life. I love to travel and was luckily enough to spend 1/2 year in Italy going to cooking school. I now make some pretty fine pasta, pizza and gelato, and my kitchen is always welcoming new gadgets, cookbooks and guests. Hopefully you enjoy eating if not cooking too as its something I enjoy sharing for sure.
My travels also tend to include taking on new languages and lots of 1:1 time with locals. You would be amazed at the stories 80 year old Italians have to tell if you take the time to listen. Actually, that's pretty much true for anyone. When possible, I also pack my road bike as some of my best days have been at 6,000 feet in the Alps on a bike. Some of my worst ones too…
In my downtime, you might find me in my garage building a new table out of mahogany or fabricating something to keep the house in tune. Or you might hear me repeating the same Portuguese word over and over as I get ready for a trip to Rio. (That was my last language-travel adventure.)
Other interests that get more or less attention depending on the company I'm keeping include eating out, movies, snowboarding, sailing, tennis, and reading. I like to learn so perhaps you have something to share as well?
As for kids, I'd love to be a dad if that works out, but I'm okay with that not happening as I've got nephews and nieces a plenty scattered about the country.
As for the other 1/2 of the equation? You? First off, I'm looking for a life partner, not a fling. That said, a good description would be an active, intellectually curious woman who combines a kind heart with some saucy, feisty zing. You have passions in life that you pursue with gusto, but your relationships remain equally important to you. Beyond that, you never know what will create a connection so I'm open to meeting if you are interested...