I'm a science geek turned business guy. I'm playful, yet grounded. I'm outgoing in public, yet I'm very private at home and keep a small handful of close friends. I like to focus on broad strategy, yet I'll dig right into the tiny details make a difference.
I have a small musical/creative streak. Photography, Music (Guitar, Composition, etc), Singing, Social Dance (Swing, Salsa, would love to re-start Argentine Tango) are all things I like to share with people. I have more fun doing something creative together than just talking over drinks (and I rarely drink unless we're at a party or hosting guests). I secretly wish I could draw 8-/
I appreciate people who define themselves by what they create more than those that define themselves by what they consume.
I grew up out east with 4 seasons, banter, and a touch of deadpan sarcastic wit. Don't let my disarming if not sometimes intentionally bumbling California veneer fool you. The old school northeastern grit is just under the surface, though perhaps with a west-coast positive spin.
Travel wise here's where my hiking shoes have landed so far: Greece (4x or 5x? Mainland and islands though Santorini keeps calling me back - probably again this summer), England (4x), Scotland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany (even chipped off a chunk of the wall back when it fell), Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, Japan (4x), Singapore (2x), Israel, Taiwan, and a few cities in Mainland China (HK (4x,), Shan Tou, Shanghai, BJ). And a bunch of islands in various seas. India, Aus, NZ and much more still awaits. I always prefer visiting with locals/friends more than the tourist bubble of hotels and tours.
Random stuff I can teach if interested: Basic Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha, Two Step, and more. Portrait Photography, lighting, and how to work your way around a high-end DSLR with a good lens. Audio recording. How to cheat at piano to play most pop tunes, how to sort of cheat at guitar (requires more practice, look out for callouses sorry), basic drumming, how to find the north star on a not too cloudy/hazy night. (Hint: it's hiding between a big bear and a big W)
I've had my fair share of challenges to overcome. If you've been lucky all your life or overprotected, it will be hard for us to relate to each other. Native Californians that never left, this usually means you, but exceptions welcome.