russllj
44 San Francisco, CA
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My self-summary
I moved to San Francisco over 5 years ago. It was at first a bumpy ride — and let's be honest, there is a lot about SF that takes getting used to — but I'm learning to appreciate the city's unique character and eccentricity.

Left New York City and still miss it a lot.

In my native habitat, I am a quiet introspective individual. My favorite thing to do is slap on some headphones and go for an epic meandering walk through the amazing hills and what-nots of San Francisco. That doesn't mean I don't like to hang with friends or go out to a club, it just means that every once in a while I value some alone time to clear my head and think straight.

I'm happiest seeing new places and things so this has been one of the best aspects of living in San Francisco: exploring trails and hidden gems that make this a pretty awesome city.

I am an optimist through and through—so long as you understand that a true optimist is completely aware of all that's wrong around him and still manages to believe that something good will come of it.

And I'm a pretty nice guy. And not to state the obvious, but I am looking for somebody who cherishes all of my best qualities and even finds some of my more idiosyncratic behavior as charming.
What I’m doing with my life
Been through my stupid phase of life so I'm pretty quiet and a bit reserved even. I open up to people as I get to know them and value a few good friends over lots of casual acquaintances.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like entertainment to be... entertaining, probably even a little silly and escapist, life is serious enough... Crazy, huh.

Currently reading a couple of books by Kim Stanley Robinson, "Aurora" and "2312."

Recently read, "The Expanse" by James S.A. Corey, a Science Fiction 5 books series. Easily one of the best sci-if series I've ever read. Really worth the investment. Very engaging and appropriately gory when it needs to be.

Loved "Last Call" a book on the rise of prohibition in the United States — it's very good, if you've ever considered reading it.

I just finished reading Maynard Solomon's "Beethoven" — an excellent biography of someone who I have always considered a fascinating historical figure.

The best book I've read in a long time, and I'd love to read something as enjoyable, is Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff. Read it twice, before moving on. Gave it to 5 different people as Christmas gifts.

Favorite book ever? Yeah I got one of those: William Gaddis, "The Recognitions."

Recent favorite movies: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Inglorious Basterds, I thought Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for The Social Network was brilliant. Not many tv shows I have to watch except of course, The Daily Show.

Favorite movie of all time: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It is the perfect blend of comedy, horror and adrenaline. And a grand example of mystical realism. Close runner up: Revenge of the Sith.

Not to sound too cliche but I LOVE Game of Thrones. I watched the entire season 1 over and over. Read the first book in the series. Unfortunately, season 2 sucked. So that's a bummer. But season 3 & 4 made a strong come back, so its back in the game for me.

I do not enjoy reality TV shows. They bring out the worst in people. Watching the petty tantrums of people I would never associate with in real life is not entertaining to me.

Food? Yes, I like it. Pretty much all of it. Spicy, exotic, comfort, you name it. The only edible I don't like: eggplant (cause its gross). Pretty much anything else that's prepared with thought and attention to detail, I can find pleasure in eating. I don't need the person I'm dating to like the same things that I do, in fact I enjoy it when they don't... but I do need someone who will sit through something I'm enjoying, even if they don't necessarily like it... without being an ass.

Music. I'll tell you what, I'll let you just peek at my iPod later on.
The six things I could never do without
1. Music.
2. Exercise.
3. A Great Book (I'm tired of good books!)
4. Something new to pique my interest on a regular basis.
5. A little cutie to cuddle up with at night.

(I guess there are only 5. But I might think of others)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A warm place with a pristine beach, to call my own.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not ashamed to like things that seem obvious or even a little trite, as long as they actually do rattle me to the core.
You should message me if
You are in shape and exercise regularly. And believe that monogamy is key to a healthy relationship.
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