42Larkspur, United States
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What I’m doing with my life
I spent most of the last decade working on either animated films or in visual effects for film/TV/commercials.

Lately, staying fully employed in film/post-production has meant moving every six months, which isn't as appealing to me now as it might have been in my 20s. So last March I took a new position with a company in San Francisco that's still related to computer graphics, but targets the design visualization market (architects, automotive designers, etc.)
I’m really good at
I have a great eye and memory for color and visual details. Both came in handy when I was working on animated feature films. You can test your own skills with the former at:

Prior to movie work, I did a lot of photography. I really miss the days of shooting on film and am particularly fond of the slow, meditative nature of photographing with a 4x5 view camera. Yet I also enjoy artistic/creative endeavors I'm not so good at, or which take quite a while to achieve competency, oil painting being the latest.

I'm a better than decent tennis player, with a dreaded lefty serve into the ad court. My game's a bit rusty from not playing enough recently. I'd like to change that -- perhaps that's where you come in ?

Lastly, I'm a ridiculously good cook, more so with pastry/dessert/baked goods. When I say ridiculous, sometimes it proves quite literal. To wit, I'll make homemade asparagus stock for a risotto from the saved end pieces or melt milk and bittersweet chocolate together for chocolate chunk cookies.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably first is that I'm quite tall; I topped six feet before middle school. I'm also one of the few people on Market St. whose eyes aren't glued to a glowing electronic device in their palm. This likely goes unnoticed by the masses... who are staring at their phones.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite non-fiction book of the past ten years was probably "Disney Wars", part of whose story forms the basis of the 2010 documentary film "Waking Sleeping Beauty". I also enjoyed "Kon Tiki" and "Life of Pi" which felt oddly related to each other. On the food front, two recent books I enjoyed were Julia Child's "My Life in Paris", and Adam Gopnik's "Table Comes First". And then there's cookbooks...

A few of my all-time favorite films include "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "The Right Stuff", and "Fantasia". More recently I've been watching some early Technicolor films including "The Red Shoes" and "Black Narcissus". Despite the kidding I get from one friend in particular, not all of my favorites are from last century. Great cinematography is always appreciated, e.g. anything shot by Roger Deakins ("The Reader", "No Country for Old Men", "Skyfall").

When the TV is on, it's more likely tuned to a PBS station. Favorite shows include Nature, Washington Week, and America's Test Kitchen. 30 Rock was great, especially seasons 2-4; Mad Men delivers on so many levels, alas I'm working through the DVDs (just finished season 4). Mythbuster's is fun, especially when a high speed camera (i.e. super slow motion) or a massive construction project is involved.

Good food is important to me, though I shy away from the label "foodie", which too often implies snobbery over the act of sharing, preparing, and appreciation of good food. I'll take a shabby restaurant with amazing food over a hip restaurant for those who want to be seen. I'm pretty much an omnivore with few dilemmas though I mostly avoid veal as well as out-of-season produce from the southern hemisphere. I get excited when asparagus is coming into season. As much as I love fruits and vegetables, I couldn't stick to a vegetarian diet full time.
Six things I could never do without
I need natural sunlight to thrive -- seriously, I might be part plant.
Time spent outdoors in nature / wilderness.
Access/exposure to the visual arts and music.
Good food, friends, and the time to enjoy both.

Just about anything else is icing on the cake, more than likely baked from scratch.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What to eat or cook for dinner... and breakfasts on the weekend. Lately, I've been trying to expand my repertoire by including ingredients I don't often use. Berkeley Bowl has become my favorite source for produce, especially fruit.
On a typical Friday night I am
Most days I float to work (via the ferry). If I leave the city early I might end up in a Restorative Yoga class, or end up cooking something from scratch, possible with an ingredient (Gioia Burratta is the best) or two from a shop in the Ferry Bldg.

Otherwise no Friday is really typical. It depends on if I have weekend plans with an early start.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The first time I saw "Raiders in the Lost Ark" in theaters, I closed my eyes when Indy and Marion were escaping the Well of the Souls. The shots of skeletons falling onto Marion while a large snake slithered out of a skull's open mouth absolutely freaked me out.

Also, I had the worst day of my life around the age of six months... I nearly died of a respiratory arrest. Although I have no memory of the event, knowledge of that experience helps keep life's little annoyances in perspective.
You should message me if
You enjoy time spent outdoors amongst all the wilds the bay area has to offer... 'short' hikes of 5-10 miles, paddling a canoe or kayak out at Pt. Reyes, or exploring Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras.

Closer to home, maybe you have a favorite restaurant you'd want to introduce me to. I'll run the gamut from 3 star white tablecloth, to a hole in the wall taqueria or Pho spot, and just about everything in-between, except McDonald's.

Or maybe there's a museum exhibit you're dying to see. I recently took in "Impressionists on the Water" at the Legion of Honor, and am looking forward to the Anders Zorn exhibit in November.

Finally, if you see my profile on Quickmatch and want to rate me 4 or 5 stars, why not follow it with a nice message ? I'm generally pretty good about replying to women who make an effort to write a thoughtful message.

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