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My self-summary
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
~M. Oliver

Name reflects the person; invite you to decipher. Love puzzles, and this is an easy one. No; nothing to do with agriculture, Australia, angel...

At arm's length from you, you will find: a seeker. Of: intellectual depth, uncommon adventure, beauty in the environment and in a person, heroic kindness, grounded optimism, clever engagement, that brilliant spark that ignites. Have you felt it before? Kind of like the green flash when the sun sets on the ocean's horizon. Of course, one just doesn't happen upon these treasures every day. One strives to be patient. :)

Ok; agreed. Patience is SO over-rated.

Delving deeper, you will happily discover a surprisingly collaborative achiever. She is: athletically inclined, gratefully well-educated, linguistically adept: French, Italian and Mandarin speaker (the latter - novice level, so don't test me....yet). She is soft-spoken but confidently vocal; quite the analyst, often quantitatively so. Well-traveled and fond of: global cuisines, literature that moves and inspires (Lamartine - Le Lac), seriously scary movies, SCUBA, classic and contemporary music, other forms of art and culture (yes, that includes social media ....attentive to cultivating a thoughtful online presence). Reputation, and character, matter.

She leads....and she follows. She is as beautiful as she seems, truly.

Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver, the other's gold.
What I’m doing with my life
Working hard, playing appropriately (most of the time.) Generally having an unbelievable adventure, and full of great stories to tell. Staying engaged with many passions; trying to fill life with as much bliss as is humanly possible. Leading. Inspiring others to do same, ideally.
I’m really good at
Under-sharing (she said, concealing laughter). Leaving enough mystery to be revealed bit by bit. Creating unforgettable adventures and leaving lasting (favorable) impressions.
The first things people usually notice about me
1) The usual... (thanks Mom & Dad)
2) Articulate
3) Occasionally comedic
4) Graceful
5) Elegant
6) Diplomatic
7) Clever; creative
8) Likes the number 8....speaks the language. Needs tutor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind ("La sombra del viento", in his native tongue).
Run, don't walk, to find and read. You are so welcome; my infinite pleasure.

Ridiculously long list; ah well. Too many passions, and growing daily. Enjoy.....
Books: David Brooks: The Social Animal, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Unbroken, Winner Take All, Winter's Tales + Seven Gothic Tales + Last Tales (all Isak Dinesen), When China Rules the World, The Post-American World, The Big Short + Liar's Poker, Lamb (funniest book EVER), Lucky You (also hilarious), A Walk in the Woods (ditto), Hiking Marin, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Shadow Divers, Sea Change (Powlik), Sea Fever (+ other poems of John Masefield's), A Child's Garden of Verses, The War of the Wooden Soldiers (bandit mouse!), Villa Incognito (one weird story), The Mask of Apollo (+ all of Mary Renault's historic fiction), Memoirs of a Geisha, Portrait of a Lady, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Lord of the Flies, Hawaii + The Caribbean (James Michener), Tai-Pan + Shogun (James Clavell), Little Bear (Goes to the Moon + Birthday Soup), The Signal and the Noise (truth: haven't yet the stack; can't wait). The list goes on. Economist, NPR, and Financial Times are preferred media.

Movies: King of Masks (Chinese), The Quiet American (2002), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Master and Commander, Rear Window, Foul Play, Harold and Maude, 21 Jump Street, Kama Sutra (Mira Nair), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (play and book are better), Twelve Angry Men, Sophie's Choice, Fargo, Much Ado About Nothing + Henry V (both Kenneth Branagh), The Searchers (1956), Pale Rider, Like Water for Chocolate, The Grudge (huge scary), L.A. Story, A Fish Called Wanda, Midway, An Officer and A Gentleman, Die Hard (all), Tequila Sunrise, Pulp Fiction, Footloose, Mamma Mia, American Graffiti, L.A. Confidential, Monty Python (killer bunny), Raiders of the Lost Ark/Indiana Jones (all), The Mummy, Breakfast at Tiffany's, North by Northwest + To Catch a Thief, Pirates of the Caribbean (all), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ocean's Eleven, 007 (any). Ok, breathe. There's more.

Shows (past and present):
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life (spectacular; enthralling), Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, House, Deadwood, FBI, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Laugh-In, House of Cards (insanely fab), Downton Abbey of course, The Daily Show, Band of Brothers, Boston Legal, Journeyman (canceled, sadly), semis and finals of French Open + Wimbledon + U.S. Open (love tennis), Stanford football, BBC news, and other journalism generated from overseas. Homeland and Breaking Bad on the list to watch (haven't yet). Not an avid TV-watcher, though; too busy.

Muse, Groove Armada - My Friend, Jason Mraz, Shawn Mullins, Fun, Van Halen, Sara Tavares, Joao Gilberto, Chopin, Schubert, Debussy, Mozart of course, Stones, Steve Winwood, Frank Sinatra, Vivaldi, Brahms, Bach, Pink, Boney M., Free, Black John, Little & Ashley, John Mayer, Queen, Chris Cross, Van Halen. Southern blues and shag dancing (southern swing - so fun!) tunes (Motown, generally). The list goes on.

Broccoli & sweet things at the top of the list, seriously. Generally not together. Love Szechuan, Hunan, Cantonese, Indian, Greek/Mediterranean, French, Italian, Spanish + Mexican, regional American, Japanese/sushi, Moroccan. Cheese and artisan breads. Cinnamon-y Morning Buns and Rulli's coffee. Heaven. Love to cook and eat well; hail from a family of exquisitely talented chefs.
Six things I could never do without
1) Touch
2) Ocean views
3) Warmth
4) Royal blue
5) My best friends
6) Time

And not in that order, continuously.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Europe, the EU, and China: globalization and development. Business strategy & finance, travel, family, cuisine, design, amazing & inspiring events to organize (not the métier, though). Leadership. Gratitude. The present.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out on an adventure, out to dinner, or off to see something culturally inspiring or informative. It's the weekend; take advantage.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Grateful for exceptional physical and mental well-being. Indeed beautiful. The smile on your face when we meet will tell me the most private thing you're willing to admit.

andohmygoshhavetotellyou:hategolf. And that confession will result in my being being booted summarily out of the boys' club. Oh wait.
You should message me if
**You read through the entire profile, above, and noted that there was one word never used: a single vowel. (Another puzzle; you're welcome).
**You know the meaning of the name chosen; incredibly clear hints were provided. What do you think it might signify? No doubt you'll be creative!
**You find yourself thinking the above describes you perfectly/well/moderately well/somewhat and you think you might be inspired.
**You speak at least two languages; have lived outside the U.S. and have a strong appreciation for cultures other than your native one.
**You have academic background in global finance /macroeconomics, or you teach same, and the subjects continue to fascinate you. You find Gini coefficient data absorbing.
**You are interested in helping (our team) start a new business (a global finance + technology project) and you know your way around the IMF, World Bank, or the ECB. Seriously.
**Smart, gracious and kind doesn't even BEGIN to describe you, and you "integrate" well in broadly diverse social situations.
**You realize this process is not a job interview, rather, a sharing of deep interests.
**You are ready to involve yourself in an adventure, of some level of emotional risk, mitigated by the possibility that this could be it. Imagine the bliss...

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So sorry to have to do this, but the times require it:
"(Found on someone's profile and thought it wasn't a bad idea.)"

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