31 Palo Alto, CA
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My self-summary
The movie of my life involves a creative storyline, thought-provoking characters, a healthy serving of adventure, stylish décor, exotic travel, spontaneous plot twists, and a taste of mischief. Best watched with good company and a glass of Cab.

The most effective test of compatibility is how well two people can travel together. With that being said, here are my seven travel virtues:

1.) Make plans but break them
2.) Try something at least twice
3.) Local people are better than sightseeing
4.) Learn what to say when you toast
5.) Take any opportunity to play music or dance
6.) Mellow days are not days wasted
7.) Enjoy getting lost

Think we'd make ideal travel companions?
What I’m doing with my life
Let’s get the foundational things out of the way: I live in Palo Alto. I work in SF. I contribute to my 401k. I meditate every morning. I go to the gym five times a week. My passport is full. I floss without having my gums bleed.

Onto the fun stuff: I lead a creative lifestyle. And I do my best to apply creativity to everything I do, whether it's work, exercise, cooking or travel: Yeah, that's my madre. She's a badass.

Bonus points if you're a fellow creative soul because chances are you'll become my muse.

For work, I help people tell their stories. Some people call this marketing, but it's much more than that. Every person, client, company has a story to tell (whether they know it or not) and it's my job to communicate it effectively. It's like a little puzzle every time.

Health and fitness keep me sane. During the week, I’ll drag my groggy body out of bed before work for a morning run or a spin session. The weekends you can find me dodging cars on my bike or surfing with the pops in HMB.
I’m really good at
playing music, throwing a frisbee, and being modest. Music has been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. When I was young, I used to fall asleep at night to the sounds of my Dad across the house playing Eric Clapton songs on the guitar. These days, I keep my trusty ol' six string hanging from the wall so I can play whenever I want.

I also have an uncanny ability to bring the conversation back to the original subject after we've been going on tangents for the past few hours.
The first things people usually notice about me
Unless it’s extreme sports or the Olympics, I can care less about watching professional sports. I thoroughly enjoy going to live games for the atmosphere and camaraderie, and I'm in awe of how athletes can push the limits of their bodies, but I’m not one to schedule my life around my favorite teams. I’d rather be outside.

I also have the most entertaining Instagram account you'll ever see: thelastshaun.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm a voracious reader and I gravitate mostly toward non-fiction. Stories that I've enjoyed include: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, My Uncle Oswald, City of Thieves, Lolita, The Little Prince

TV: The crux of my television watching happens when I'm severely hungover (which occurs maybe once a year). In these rare scenarios, I'll watch an entire season of something. One New Year's Day, I consumed the entire series of Rome. But I enjoy watching Game of Thrones with a group of people (because there's no way I can follow it on my own), Californication, and more recently, Black Mirror (soooo good!).

Movies: I love movies. Lately I've been on a huge Woody Allen kick. As much as I appreciate indie artsy films, I have a soft spot for good Hollywood blockbusters.

Food: I’m probably the healthiest eater that I know…like green-smoothie-with-a-side-of-egg-whites-for-breakfast healthy. But when I do go out to eat, I’ll eat anything (Mom always said to try everything twice!) Also, can’t go wrong with Mexican food or Sushi.
The six things I could never do without
- Veamer, my Vitamix blender - I use it at least twice a day
- Spotify
- running shoes
- an acoustic guitar
- surfboard
- really bad puns - yes, I'll eventually be one of those Dads
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how surfing is a metaphor for everything in life. For one, it's about knowing when to take control, and when to let go.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My skills in arithmetic have atrophied beyond belief.
You should message me if
- you would rather talk about ideas than talk about other people
- you create more than you consume
- you share a similar curiosity about life
- you are easily inspired
- you have your own passion in life
- you enjoy getting out of the house perhaps on a run or a bike ride
- however, you don't have a problem when I suggest we watch "one more episode"

I think it would be amazing to be with someone who appreciates creativity. I'd love to be able to turn to someone and say, "How does this look? Thumbs up or thumbs down?" or perhaps, "Wake up. I wrote this song about how adorable you get when you drink too much wine."

If you think we have some things in common, then please feel free to message me and let me know that you're out there.