mb_sfca
49 San Francisco, CA
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My self-summary
A short bio: I grew up in the Midwest where most of my family still lives. I’m the middle of six kids (think dysfunctional Brady Bunch)…they’re an unruly, insane group but I love them anyway. I’ve always been drawn toward the artistic and creative side of things so I studied architecture in college. While there, I took my first opportunity to move away and since then have lived in Boston, Chicago and Santa Fe, NM before landing in San Francisco where I’ve been for about 15 years now.
What I’m doing with my life
For work, I'm an architect. In my spare time, I enjoy music (everything from bluegrass to opera) and the arts; I love the theater, ballet, and take in museums and galleries at every opportunity. I’m also drawn to simpler pleasures: I love starting the day with a good cup of coffee and the NYT crossword puzzle; walking aimlessly through the city; spending time with friends in spirited conversation.
I’m really good at
listening
parallel parking in ridiculously tight spaces
rescuing my daughter's cat from its latest ill-fated adventure
talking authoritatively about stuff that I know absolutely nothing about
driving in reverse
amassing obscure and useless information
The first things people usually notice about me
Beside my height (I'm 6-4)...Probably that I'm very outgoing. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out about them; I'm very inquisitive...i ask a lot of questions.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Recent books: Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt, Anna Karenina; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles (anything by Haruki Murakami); Never Let Me Go; The Imaginary Invalid;, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; Little Children; David Sedaris; Atonement; The Great Gatsby; Angle of Repose; Midnight's Children...most non-fiction

Some Favorite Movies: North by Northwest; Once; Chinatown; The Squid and the Whale, Raising Arizona; Lawrence or Arabia; Little Miss Sunshine; Sherman's March; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Casablanca; Sunset Boulevard; Singin in the Rain; Million Dollar Baby; any Pixar or Hayao Miyazaki movie

TV: Any well-made documentary, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Daily Show, Downton Abbey, Sopranos, Mythbusters, Modern Family

Music: (almost) everything, but some random favorites: Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Nirvana, Shostakovich, Johnny Cash, They Might be Giants, Sinatra, Nick Cave, Louis Prima

I'm a news junkie...so NPR, This American Life, Radio Lab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Serial, TED Talks, Fresh Air
The six things I could never do without
a good book
coffee
Sunday NYT
the outdoors
bicycle
back roads
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why I can't seem to find a picture where I'm actually smiling for the camera
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out with friends, stopping by "Friday Nights at the deYoung" or at home hanging out with my daughter
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