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My self-summary
Computer dating is fine, if you’re a computer.
~Rita Mae Brown

I grew up in California native and have made DC my home for a few years (along with a year in South America).

I enjoy meeting new people, exploring cultural events, and being there for my friends and family. I like salsa dancing, live music, and that kind of thing, but also relaxing or getting outside to hike.

Most of my career I've been focused on international development (with some local politics mixed in), and now I work for a government agency focused on international business. I like to write and do other creative stuff, too.
What I’m doing with my life
Working, having fun, and trying to change the world and/or myself :)
I’m really good at
Writing (and editing other people's ideas in a positive way).

Dancing (mostly salsa and bachata these days).

Listening to people.

Learning new languages.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile, probably.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Hunger Games, The Brothers Karamazov, Ficciones (Borges), the Jeeves stories, the Emperor of Ocean Park, Walden, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Cuentos de Eva Luna, Bird by Bird, poetry (e.g. Gary Soto, Billy Collins), spiritual international-ethics stuff like Yoder and Niebuhr, business stuff like Good to Great and The Black Swan.

Shows: Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, Arrested Development, The Daily Show, Colbert, Conan.

Music: Alternative rock, Spanish music (Los Piojos, Julieta Viniegas, Manu Chao, salsa), Jazz (Brubeck, Davis, Evans, Monk, Hancock).

Periodicals: The Atlantic, the Economist (though not as into it as I used to be), the New Republic, politics and personal growth blogs.

Food: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai, or anything creative :)
Six things I could never do without
1) God
2) Family and Friends (OK, maybe that's two things, and yes, people aren't things.)
3) Something to write or draw on
4) Chocolate
5) Passport
6) Music
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What makes a song or TV show good (or annoying, or both). What my purpose, and my friends' purpose, in life is. How to help people help themselves.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends or coworkers, unwinding at home, or (in the summer) outside at events like Jazz in the Sculpture Garden.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
"Private" and "willing to admit on the Internet" are not intersecting sets...so you'll have to ask!
You should message me if
Well, obviously, you should. But especially if...

You like to travel and experience new cultures.

You are smart, fun, spiritual, and have a sense of humor.

You enjoy dancing, exploring the city, or getting outside.
The two of us