I'd rather be alone than spend time with individuals that do not treat me with the same level of respect, care, and appreciation; remain static and follow trends like sheep; or judge others unfairly. In fact, I'm never bored, and I really enjoy the time I spend on my own.
I was born and educated in the US, but spent a good part of my childhood in Italy. I would describe myself as both Italian and American, but not Italian-American. I'm bilingual, and a dual-citizen. I carry two passports when I travel. Italian culture, music, films, and cuisine have always played an important and defining role in my life. However, I know enough and have seen enough of the world to know there are many beautiful places and equally fascinating cultures, languages, people, and environments. There is always more to explore and experience, and that's part of what makes life interesting and worthwhile.
I LOVE nice dinners, romantic evenings, great discussions, uncontrollable laughter, really intense sex, and playful flirting. Sitting at home together with a bottle of wine, a classic film, some jazz or lounge music, and a few lit candles is often the ideal for me... and preferable to bar-hopping, loud concerts, packed clubbing, or any other environment where it's impossible to hold a conversation, not that I don't occasionally take part in those activities with a sense of enthusiasm. It all depends on who I'm with.
Whether I spend a day, a week, a month or several years with someone, I want the time we spend together to be interesting, mischievous, fiery, and full of potential.
Often times I feel I'm too old (in terms of experience, perspective and maturity) for younger folks, and too young (in terms of attitude, energy and risk-taking) for older folks. This often leaves me on the outskirts of society, unable to relate to the wheel that most willingly, sometimes blindly, participate in.
Also intrigued by and enthusiastic about:
social justice, history, international affairs, human rights, politics, documentaries, feminism, traveling (25 countries so far on 4 continents), intellectual conversations, philosophy, organic food, the environment, free healthcare for the poor, a woman's right to choose, good governance, sustainable development, evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychology, paleontology, poetry, writing, black & white photography (favorites include Helmut Newton, Demarchelier, Avedon, Cartier-Bresson, Watson, and Ellen Von Unwerth), architecture, wine, fresh pasta, technology, secular ethics, fashion, individuals like George Carlin, Jon Stewart, Aung San Suu Kyi, Noam Chomsky, Eve Ensler, (anyone that makes me think on a very high level), NPR, This American Life, the Fresh Air podcast (loyal listener for over 15 years), The New York Times, The New Yorker, Think Progress, my weekly subscription to The Economist, utilizing social networks to create positive and progressive change, the Earth, the sun, and countless other subjects and activities...