I'm originally from Iowa, which I would love to think is an asset; chivalry, compassion, and optimism are routinely kept in check.
I'm politically leftist, so if writing me means that you have to take time away from writing a fan letter to Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, we probably won't have much in common. In fact, I won't hesitate to tell you you're insane.
I'm always up for exploring new places. Museums, art galleries and the beach never get boring. I still haven't been to Occupy L.A. yet (shame on me).
I don't obsess over sports, but I do like to keep in shape (typically by walking and going to 24 Hour Fitness). I'm 100% vegetarian and 99% vegan (very occasional exceptions for honey and -- even more rarely -- dairy).
Being an info junkie, my reading habits are usually -- though not always -- preoccupied with nonfiction. I also love writing, photography, Scrabble and NPR / KCRW. I absolutely love progressive news; if Rachel Maddow wasn't gay and living on the east coast, I'd likely be stalking her for romance.
For better or worse, I suppose it's a good idea to get this out of the way: I'm a movie nut whose taste runs the gamut; classics, silent films, horror, obscure horror, documentaries, etc. Because of this, places like The New Beverly, The Sunset 5, LACMA, The Silent Movie Theatre), The Egyptian Theatre and The Aero Theatre are a few of my favorite cinematic haunts.
Friends would describe me as a good-intentioned type who loves to meet new people and learn new things. At least that's what I'm paying them to tell people.