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My self-summary
I would like to thank you in advance for clicking on my profile. I
really hope you find that person who is perfect for you. We all
deserve it. So here's the deal. I am looking to settle down with
someone I can really connect with. At the very least, perhaps I will have a meaningful relationship where that could be an option.

I am a former Peace Corps Volunteer, high school teacher, and L.A. transplant.
I don't feel the need to write my life's story online (that's what
getting to know someone is for) , but I would be remiss if I didn't
give some basics.
10 Reasons Why you should date me:
1) I am a good human being. Not a mean bone in my body
2) I own my own home. Stability is important.
3) I have great relationships with family and friends.
4) I have a good career. No deadbeat here.
5) I am completely comfortable with myself and my life. No midlife crisis pending.
6) I am not afraid of commitment.
7) I have been to 35 different countries so I am well traveled and able to adapt to various situations.
8) I have a variety of interests and am open to new ones.
9) I'm not moody
10) What you see is what you get. I am very direct and don't bullshit.

On a side note, I'm not sure how this online dating thing works, but I'm worth having a drink with if only because there are probably not a whole lot of single men who are healthy, happy, well adjusted, six foot tall professionals that actually want to be in a relationship and get married. Just saying........
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching High School and really happy with my station in life. I suppose there is a never ending quest to improve my teaching ability, however I don't obsess about it. Coaching with my friend on his kid's little league team. Trying to find the perfect croissant. (You'd be surprised how difficult that is)
I’m really good at
Making mix tapes. Spotting people who look like famous people. Pub Trivia. Coming up with fantastic Halloween costumes. Criticizing various aspects of pop culture without sounding snobby.
The first things people usually notice about me
Would saying my eyes be too cliche?

I also give my Muni seat to old people and pregnant ladies....AND I don't mind when elderly Chinese women push me out of the way to get on the train first. I actually find it endearing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too many to name them all. I am currently enjoying "The Rich and the Rest of Us" by Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. Here are some of my favorite books/authors: Anything Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Cornell West, Howard Zinn, Toni Morrison, Ayn Rand (Don't worry, I'm not drinking the Kool Aid on that one), Chuck Klosterman, Christopher Moore, Malcolm Gladwell, D.H. Lawrence, Marquez (Love in the Time of Cholera) Salmon Rushdie, David Sedaris, Nick Hornby
T.V. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mad Men, The Wire, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad
Music: Miles Davis, Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Ella of course, The Beatles, The Clash, The Smiths, Blur, Oasis, Dylan, Belle & Sebastian, Stone Roses, Any Brit Pop really, ELO, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Big Star, Sam Cooke, Ray LaMontagne, Elvis Costello, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Yacht Rock, U2, Stereolab, PUSSY RIOT, ok enough....
Movies: Classics, Classics, John Hughes, if you see a Star Wars poster in my house and you think I'm a dork, it's my roommate's (ok so I don't have a roommate) I don't have enough space for this category.........Find out when we meet.
The six things I could never do without
(Family and friends of course, but that is true of about 99% of the population so my list will hopefully give you a little more insight into what makes me tick)
1. passport
2. my music
3. reading
4. painting (art, not house painting, I HATE doing that)
5. exercise.. surfing, bikes, gym, etc
6. NPR/PBS (I swear I am not a snob)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The accelerated rate of developing technology and society's inability to deal with it. (or even acknowledge that it may be a problem) Our collective diminishing attention spans are alarming. If you have read this far you are clearly not one of these people.

On a lighter note: How is it that the food is fantastic here in SF, BUT I can't seem to find Mexican food as good as in L.A. or San Diego?
On a typical Friday night I am
Meeting friends at a dive bar for a couple of drinks whilst avoiding hipsters (try to guess in what neighborhood that would be)
OR if I am tired, watching Bill Maher.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Despite the fact that it is 2015, I still listen to UB40.

Also my alarm is set to "I Got You Babe" so every weekday I get up like I'm Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Really.
You should message me if
You enjoy the musical stylings of Loggins and Messina

Also, please...NO SMOKERS (sorry. I am very easy going but I just can't get past that)

Here is what I am looking for (and it should be noted that I will reciprocate) :
I want to meet a woman with whom I can explore the world with while still enjoying all the little things that make life meaningful.
I want to be with someone who will go to see live music and museums with me.
I want to completely drop pretenses, expose my eccentricities (we all have them), and just be me without being judged.
I want to be excited when receiving a call or text
I want to look forward to spending time together.
Being together should not be "work." (That does not mean there is no effort)

In short, I want someone to come home to and talk about my hopes (and problems) with before I turn out the lights.....

** Amendment: To all the under 25 ladies. I appreciate the interest. You are probably awesome, but I'm in a different place and so should you be:)