Genetically I'm a mutt. Maybe that's why I like rescue dogs. German and Ukrainian on my mom's side, African American and Cherokee on my dad's. My accent is a mix of east coast, and west coast US, grounded in the fact that as a kid I learned to speak around British English while my folks were in Southern Africa. So I often come across as overly formal and polite in general speech, and have a somewhat reserved demeanour, but I can also crack jokes and pun like hell when relaxed, and can swear like a sailor during something competitive.
I've been a bit of a traveler, a wanderer and a hired gun (design mercenary). I've lived and worked around the US and Canada in the last 16 years, and now I'm starting to settle in San Francisco, after having meant to move here ages ago. Now, I'm looking forward to making new friends and acquaintances, and building out a life in a city I've known for a long time that I'd love.
I grew up bicoastal, Seattle and Boston, and spent time living outside of the states. Recently? In North America, I've lived in Seattle, Boston, Providence, New York, Austin, Toronto, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Vancouver, Dallas and now San Francisco. Whew! Yeah, its been fun, but now I'd like to do SF for a long time and need to find a special someone to do it with.
I'm a professional creative, game designer, writer, techie, artist, director, producer, project manager. I love my career, but always try to balance it with a life that makes it all worth living. I'm a questing soul. I live life to the fullest. I'm a foodie, an amateur cook, an athlete, and an urban explorer.
I've been a vegetarian in the past, and a pescatarian. A succession of girlfriends got me to eat, seafoods, then poultry, then everything. Currently my diet is pretty much anything, but I'm respectful of vegetarians and have never been a big red meat eater. I'd rather have sushi than steak, and I don't mind tofu in my curry. I still like my veggies, and generally eat very healthy. I eat a pretty broad range of food. While I can chow down on a good salad, I can eat enough sushi for 2 or 3, which my wallet regrets. And some friends and I would have an informal competition to see how many raw oysters we could eat. Not a strict competition, more a 'these are too good to stop.' I do love my seafood, and I'm happy to be back in Cali for that. When I go to brunch I often order two entrees, one sweet and one savory, especially if I'm going hiking after, fuel for the trip. I have a sweet tooth and a spicy tooth. Back in Texas, I'd go into my favorite Thai place and order curries at the "full native" 5 star spicy. And I've completed the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge. High tolerance for heat.