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My self-summary
I just moved to LA the last week of October, after ten years living in Texas and one traveling, partly around the US and partly around the world. I'm enjoying some very simple pleasures right now, like drinking tap water (although maybe I shouldn't be doing that in LA?) and putting my clothes away in drawers, rather than my backpack. I am generally happy, well-adjusted, honest about my crap, excited to experience a new place, and falling back in love again with my dog, whom I just got back after his awesome foster mom took care of him for a year.
What I’m doing with my life
I am an avid writer, traveler, photographer, and reader. I am currently looking for my next gig, while I settle into LA. After traveling for a year, I'm definitely still adjusting to the idea of a regular job! In the meantime, I'm finding places to hike with the dog.

Before I left to travel, I worked in operations in the financial services sector. Means nothing to you? I was Chief of Staff to the Chief Administrative Officer for NA Retail Bank Operations for a global financial services firm. What? You say that still means nothing? No joke! Have you heard of powerpoint? I did a lot of that. Happy to provide details in person.

I suppose I should have a life philosophy that I can articulate here, but the truth is that I think life is about learning and experiencing, and I don't subscribe to any one belief system.
I’m really good at
Talking to strangers. Listening. Finding my way around a foreign place, even if that involves getting lost and found again. Keeping good friends across vast expanses of time and geography. Making new friends. Writing. Yard work. Making cookies. Packing up your house if you need to move. Parallel parking a stick shift. Showing up with wine when you need to whine at someone for a while. Changing a tire without having the car drop on me. Overpacking.
The first things people usually notice about me
That it genuinely takes me by surprise that someone is noticing me. That I'm comfortable with my own discomfort.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This could be a long jumbled list: The Border Trilogy (books, not movie), the Professional, the Black Stallion, Star Wars, Crouching Tiger, Lonestar, Bloodline, Moone Boy, Rake, Luther, Friday Night Lights, TC Boyle (selections), Let's Not Go To the Dogs Tonight (or anything else by Alexandra Fuller), The Ha Ha, Charles Bukowski (in certain moods and proper quantities), Fresh Air podcasts, the Moth, indian, thai, and japanese food, a good steak, fresh crab, beet and arugula salad, and lots of various types of music, especially live, which I saw a depressingly small amount of while traveling. My collection ranges from pointer sisters to moby to eminem and back to neil young. (sorry, i got lazy with the capital letters...)
The six things I could never do without
My dog
My sisters
the smell of the Pacific Northwest in fall
my fleece hoodie, which is getting close to disintegrating
good crisp apples, preferably honeycrisp
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why people don't understand that throwing cigarette butts out the car window is littering, and why police never ticket them for doing it. Seriously under-utilized revenue stream, people. Now that I'm in LA I'm spending a lot of time pondering how so many people can make a Prius use up two lanes, or why someone would spend $90k on a Panamera and then drive it like a geriatric moron.
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't think I have a typical Friday night yet, or again. Because of this career break, the days are all fantastically the same. If I'm working traditional M-F schedule, Friday is frequently a mellow night - dinner w/friends or chilling at home. However, it's increasingly become music out night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That even though people think I'm very outgoing, it's actually my way of coping with being incredibly shy.
You should message me if
You are smart, funny, excited to show me your favorite spots in LA, and aren't frightened by the number of selfies I posted on this profile. 17 countries in six months, solo, makes for a lot of selfies. If you are looking for someone whom you can challenge, and who will challenge you. I want a good adventure partner in life, and adventure is as often internal as external. If you build things, can teach me to two-step, or want to go spring camping in Utah, you get bonus points.