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33 M Oakland, CA

I’m looking for

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  • Ages 21–45
  • Near me
  • For long-term dating, short-term dating

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Middle Eastern, White
6′ 3″ (1.91m)
Body Type
Mostly vegetarian
Buddhism, and laughing about it
Libra, and it’s fun to think about
Working on Ph.D program
Art / Music / Writing
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids
English (Fluently), French (Fluently), Arabic (Fluently), German (Fluently)

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My self-summary
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Me: Sharp, fun, compassionate, present. Half-Egyptian, half-American. Confident but not cocky. I like seeing the world, meeting new people, meditating, speaking in tongues, soaking in hot springs. You'll usually find me smiling. I'm often a 9-year-old trapped in a tall dude’s body, and seem to get a bit younger with each passing year. After a somewhat wandering life on four continents, I'm sticking to the East Bay for the foreseeable future. Although my razor-sharp wit will astound you, you will be less impressed by my inability to work a rice cooker, and by the fact that it takes me ten minutes to write a one-sentence SMS.

You: Self-confident with a strong creative streak, in whatever form that takes. You're self-aware, comfortable in your skin, and have never lost touch of the child inside. A lifelong learner, you like a challenge. You’ve got a way with words, and appreciate the intricacies of language. Your ideal gift is a poem, not a diamond necklace. Your ideal date is a picnic somewhere beautiful, not dinner at a fancy restaurant (which is not to say we can't go to fancy restaurants). You’re intelligent, compassionate, off-beat, upbeat, and pursuing your passions. You’re a good communicator. You think outside the proverbial box. You take care of yourself (body and mind). You appreciate the little things in life. And ideally, you like tall, dark, and handsome men who have traveled the world. :-)
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm a wordsmith by trade: Freelance translating and editing (novels, poetry, and lots of academic/scientific stuff), writing a creative non-fiction book that's doubling as a PhD dissertation, and sometimes teaching undergrads (languages and lit). I practice vipassana meditation, and generally spend at least 20 days per year at silent retreats, and have a daily yoga practice (vinyasa/ashtanga) as well. As my work is mobile and flexible, I also try to spend one of the summer months camping somewhere - the quiet of nature seems to call me more with each passing year.
I’m really good at
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Repartee. Translating. Metabolizing. Telling stories. Breaking dishes while attempting to wash them. Staying upbeat. Being there for my friends. Using a Vitamix. Public speaking. Spontaneous dance parties. Making breakfast. Striking camp. Vipassana. Shavasana.

To be fair, I'm including SOME THINGS I'M REALLY BAD AT too: Taking myself seriously. Taking other people seriously. Multitasking. Map-reading or any activities involving a sense of orientation. Catching American pop culture references.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Almost always my smile, followed by the unruly hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Here are a couple of my favorite quotes, which will tell you as much about me as anything else on this page:
- "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?' (Winnie the Pooh)
- "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need." - Lao Tzu
- "Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in" (Leonard Cohen)
- "Elle est retrouvée! / - Quoi? - L'Eternité. / C'est la mer mêlée / Au soleil." Translation: "It has been found again! / - What? - Eternity. / It's the sea / Mixed in with sunlight." (Rimbaud)

- Music: I'm about to start learning to play the violin, but most of the stuff I listen to falls under the "alternative/classic rock" category.

- Food: A mostly plant-based diet, though I occasionally indulge in sushi and good-quality meat. Favorite foodstuffs include: avocados, butter, dragon fruit, dark chocolate, eggs, mayo, kimchi, watermelon, chard.

- Movies: The Thin Red Line. Spirited Away. Talk to Her.
- Books: Adyashanti. Douglas Adams. Daniel Odier. Calvino. Auster. AR Ammons. Melville. Pre-Islamic Arabic poetry. Calvin and Hobbes. Roald Dahl.
- TV: I almost never watch TV.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
The sea.
Meditation cushions.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Anatta. Karuna. Metta.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I love Winnie the Pooh, and for some reason I very much identify with him when he's got his head stuck in the honey jar.
You should message me if
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anything I wrote struck a chord with you.