I am a British person who came to the U.S. for grad school about 8
years ago, fell in love with California and never left. I still
have many good friends and family in the U.K., but I love it here
and have no plans to leave (should be getting citizenship next
year, which would make me dual).
I think my friends would say that I am funny, or perhaps they are
just laughing at my accent. In any case, comedy and laughter are
important to me.
My other passion is surfing. I have been a surfer all my life and
grew up at the beach, surfing with my dad and my sisters. I
couldn't live without surfing, it is a constant source of joy and
has taken me all over the world.
Anyway, I just decided to give this site a whirl as a way to meet
some new people. Hope it works!
What I’m doing with my life
Well, I suppose I am living in San Francisco and working as a
software engineer. I am just trying to be a good person, enjoy my
friends, surf some waves, laugh a lot, travel, visit family in
England and appreciate how lucky I am. If this is as good as it
gets, I am more than happy with that.
I’m really good at
Hmm. I suppose, I would say I'm a good friend, I'm a good traveler.
I'm pretty good at over-analyzing things. I dunno. I'm good at
The first things people usually notice about me
I guess my accent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Love everything by David Foster Wallace ("A supposedly Fun Thing
I'll Never Do Again" was the only thing that got me through a
pretty horrific package holiday experience). I also read a lot of
popular science and philosophy books. I have a bit of a man crush
for Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens (rip).
My all time favorite film is probably Lost In Translation. I guess
I like a lot of films that you would not describe as "feel good".
Pan's Labyrinth and more recently Four Lions and Melancholia.
I keep up with a lot of British shows, comedy mostly (anything by
Armando Iannucci or Christopher Morris, for example. The Office,
Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It etc). Also love U.S. comedy and
drama - Louie and South Park for example. Breaking Bad is probably
my all time favorite non-comedy show. I also surprised myself by
really loving Battlestar Galactica.
I grew up listening to Bay area punk - Rancid, NOFX, that sort of
thing (it went with the 90s surfing and skating territory...).
Still love those bands but now I really do listen to everything. My
Pandora station list couldn't be more random. I went to the
symphony last weekend.
Food...Thai is my favorite I think. Curries, anything Asian. Sushi.
Indian. That's one thing I really love about living here and miss
when I'm away - so many great places to eat in San Francisco.
The six things I could never do without
The usual, plus surfing and making people laugh and being made to
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life and whether I'm living it properly. And whether I'm thinking
too much about whether I'm living it properly.
On a typical Friday night I am
In the bar with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I guess it's not that cool that I got hooked on Downton Abbey.
You should message me if
If you realize that there is more to life (much more) than work, no
matter how interesting and important you may think your job is. If
you wanna have a good time doing those non-work things with me :)