43 Brooklyn, NY
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My self-summary
I'm from the other side of the world and moved to NY about 15 years ago. I love this city. It is constantly under pressure, but seems to survive all the same. I've been through 9/11, the blackout, subway strikes, 2 hurricanes, and still I stay. I thrive on being independent, but also love *real* connections with people. I can engage in idle chit chat at parties, but I have an extremely dry sense of humor and can sometimes offend Americans if they don't get it. So, I love it when I meet people with the same sense of humor. It keeps the craziness of this world manageable and light, rather than oppressive and dark.

I'm a person who gets a kick out of change. I get excited about almost anything, from an item of food that I'm eating to an amazing sight to behold...the mundane to the insane! There is nothing that I love more than landing in a country that I've never been to and fumbling my way on public transport to my ultimate destination.

I also really appreciate creativity in people, and dabble with making and playing my own music and writing projects. I occasionally perform music at venues with a friend of mine. I am a left-leaning person and struggle with right-leaning beliefs that are self-focused rather than community-focused. I'm working hard to acknowledge that Republicans are people too but it is an uphill battle! My weaknesses are travel, rich and creamy food, and my potty mouth.

What I'm seeking in a person is someone who is spontaneous and unafraid of adventures or changes to routines. I value people, conversation, connections, and experiences considerably more than what someone owns. I also admire people who take risks in their lives, stick to their goals, and don't give up. And, I like to be around someone who can trash talk with the best of 'em!
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a researcher at a major hospital in the city. I like to ride my BMX around the city in the Summertime, go to gigs, and do yoga and meditation regularly. I love skiing and snowboarding but suck at both. I've recently started running for the first time in my life. Bring on the endorphins!

I like travel that's cruisy and travel that's more extreme. I've camped in the Nevada desert, hiked the Inca Trail, swum with dolphins in NZ. I want more!

I participated in NaNoWriMo last year and it kicked my ass!
I’m really good at
eating and sleeping.

I can knit a mean scarf, type really fast, mix records, sew a dress, snowboard badly, make a sloppy joe (from scratch!), chain punch, play piano, strum a guitar badly, speak a little Japanese and German, play poker
The first things people usually notice about me
is my accent. Then they usually try to guess where I'm from and get it wrong 90% of the time...unless they've seen Flight of the Conchords. Then they say, "oh you're from there? I hear it's beautiful!" and I snigger under my breath.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Anything by Iris Murdoch, Reinaldo Arenas, Jane Austen, Bill Bryson, Pema Chodron, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I love love loved "The Elegance of the Hedghog" by Muriel Barbery and enjoy New Zealand author, Rachael King's books. The book "The Emperor of all Maladies" by Siddhartha Mukherjee was riveting and deserved the Pulitzer.

Anna Karenina, The Reader, Lost in Translation, Kurosawa films, Wes Anderson films, the list goes on....

Elliott Smith, NZ music (including The Ruby Suns, Bachelorette, Cassette, Phoenix Foundation, Lawrence Arabia, Connan Mockasin), Battles, Dirty Projectors, Joni Mitchell, Style Council, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Serge Gainsbourg, Debussy, Charlie Mingus, The Breeders, LCD Soundsystem, Studio One recordings from Jamaica, Aphex Twin, Public Enemy, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits,...

Pretty much anything...
The six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Dim Sum
Salt'n'vinegar chips

Oh...and the environment. I worry about how we are killing this earth. I'm a little bit obsessive about NOT using plastic bags. I have been known to take plastic deli containers home to clean and then get the deli to reuse them for my food.
On a typical Friday night I am
Eating the above (bar laptop).
Also I might be found hanging out with friends, seeing a movie, going for a drink, or staying in to read a good book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Eeeek! I sang in a German movie and screeched in a Croatian animated film.
You should message me if
you are open-minded and have a dry sense of humor (or at least a great appreciation for it). I'm pretty youthful (some would say juvenile), so I enjoy meeting other people with a zest for life, but who also have their bases covered in terms of being able to take care of themselves. Cheers!