I moved to the San Francisco Bay area from New York City 15+ years ago.
I am a scientist & businessman (engineer with an MBA) with the heart of an artist (an aspiring writer dreaming of eventually writing the great American novel).
Officially, my Myers-Brigg personality type is ENTP, which is characterized as clever, cerebrally and verbally quick, enthusiastic, outgoing, innovative, flexible, loyal, and resourceful. In reality, I'm actually a bit of an introverted extrovert... I tend to be a bit reserved when I first meet people, but warm up once I get to know them better. I typically prefer small intimate groups to large crowds.
I'm more intellectual than athletic, and enjoy boardgames more than ballgames. Growing up, I was more apt to be on academic (math, academic olympics, and debate) rather than athletic teams.
I'm mostly an indoor person, but I do enjoy some casual hiking/biking, concerts in the park, and playing in the pool with my kids.
Lastly, I can't see if you "like" me on the quickmatch module. If you do, please send me a message so we have a chance to connect with each other!
I'm divorced and doing my best to co-parent my kids: a son (17) and two daughters (9 &12).
My free time is limited to the alternate weekends, and weeknights when my kids are not with me.
I'm up for experiencing some new hobbies/adventures... so I am open to any interesting suggestions! :)
Most years, I take the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge and try to write a novel in 30 days. I have to confess that I have yet to succeed... but it's always an interesting ride. :P
When I'm with my kids, fun time usually involves taking them to the park (or pool during the summer) for free play, hiking/biking, karaoking, or staying at home and playing Wii/PS2 or card/board games... and most recently, catching Pokemon at different parks! :)
While the meet-ups and new activities can be fun and exciting, what I really want is to find someone special to relax and cuddle with. :)
In terms of non-fiction, a few years ago, I really liked A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jerod Diamond. I've also enjoyed a couple of pseudo biographies, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
Movies - I like action/adventure with a dash of humor. My favorite movie is Back to the Future. My favorite romantic comedy is Shakespeare in Love.
Shows - For many years I did not have cable, so my television watching consisted of binge watching DVD season sets of a series. I enjoy mostly sci-fi/fantasy - most recent shows include Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and The Walking Dead. I usually don't watch reality television, but I did enjoy a few seasons of The Amazing Race.
Music - I tend to listen to audiobooks or podcasts rather than music. My favorite podcasts are NPR's This American Life, Fresh Air and Intelligence Squared.
When I do listen to music, I'm tend towards Top 40 soft rock from the 80's and 90's. Although, I get bombarded with the latest teen pop when my girls are around.
Food - I enjoy eating most types of cuisine, and am willing to try anything once. When cooking for my kids, I tend to rotate between Chinese, Italian, Mexican and pizza (yes, pizza qualifies for its own category).
My new favorite food is fast-fired unlimited toppings build-your-own pizzas! I've tried several places (Blast 825, Blaze, Pieology, Pizza Press) and they all have been pretty good!
2- A sense of humor - in particular, the ability to laugh at myself.
3- My iPhone
4- Brain teasers - I love solving puzzles (sudoku, cryptographs, word jumbles, etc.), especially ones that involve taking a fresh approach to solving a problem.
5- Audiobooks - they allow me to "read" while multi-tasking. :)
6- Pillows - soft and cuddly :)
When I'm kid-free, I'm either home relaxing with a book/DVD or out at a meet-up event... but I'd rather be out on a date or cuddling up with someone. :)
Although I enjoy playing board games, I've never gotten any good at chess.
I've never gone camping.
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