DavidM_
31 New Haven, United States
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My self-summary
I'm intellectually curious and eager for thoughtful conversation. I love to better understand how someone else thinks. I like good food prepared simply and the act of making a meal together with others. I really enjoy the art of the slow Sunday; reading books, brunching, savoring my time. I used to think long walks were for singles ad cliches and the British, but I'm coming around to them.

A dear college friend used to say: "Never don't go." I've been trying to live my life to that standard. I believe that living entails learning, and I try to gain experiences wherever I can.

I spent some time living in West Africa as a child and the region has a very special place in my heart. French is my first language thanks to my parent's work in francophone West Africa. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the language is a little rusty because kids in Texas don't take kindly to those who speak French. I retain a soft spot for French cinema, baguettes and soft cheese. I suppose that makes me a socialist, these days.

Remaining active is very important to me. I love to be outside, especially on the water. I sail, kayak, whitewater raft, row...started rowing when I was 11 and fell in love with the sport. I haven't fallen out of love, yet! In addition, I spend a good bit of time at the gym, the rock gym, or on my bike (especially when the weather is a bit warmer). I love the concept of fitness as transport. Why run in a circle when you can run somewhere you want to go? When I can, I run or bike to work, parties, to visit friends... All you need is a backpack, a change of clothes, and the courage to ask to borrow someone's shower.

Also, I love music. It's a big part of my life, whether I'm making, listening or dancing to it. If you are creative, smart, musically minded and curious about the world, I'm sure we'll get along fine.
What I’m doing with my life
I moved back to New Haven three years ago after a couple years working as a private investigator in New York City. Now, I plan travel opportunities for Yale. Since graduating, I've been a collegiate crew coach, professional singer, ballroom dance instructor, private investigator, and now luxury travel planner. I want to live an interesting life, but I'm looking forward to more professional stability as I enter my thirties.

There are still things I have yet to try: I want to be a voice-over artist, I want to start my own business, and I want to live and work abroad at some point (maybe the foreign service, maybe corporate investigation).

But I like where I am now. New Haven's a great town.
I’m really good at
Listening to people. I like to hear their stories and understand how they came to their conclusions and why they acted as they did.

Also: accents. I've been told my Yoda is quite good.
The first things people usually notice about me
"Wow, you have a low voice."

"Have you thought about doing radio?"
The six things I could never do without
- music/dancing
- singing
- a well-equipped kitchen
- nytimes.com
- carrot cake
- books

The way I see it, everything is transitory. You should be prepared to lose any given thing you hold dear, because knowing that you will not always have that thing will make you appreciate it all the more. I'm just thankful for all I've been given.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I get much of my dance practice either cooking in the kitchen and listening to 80's jams or late at work, cranking up the funk. Major points if you like to dance and have got the rhythm to back it up.
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