47 San Ramon, United States
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My self-summary
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).

My Myers-Brigg personality type is ENTP, which is characterized as clever, cerebrally and verbally quick, enthusiastic, outgoing, innovative, flexible, loyal, and resourceful.

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 on academic (math, academic olympics, and debate) teams rather than athletic ones.

I've never been into watching team sports, but I do enjoy some casual hiking/biking and indoor rock climbing. I've also done a little bit of kung fu and parkour training.

I am in awe of how well-traveled everyone else on this site seems to be! My adult travel experiences are limited to driving cross-country twice, a trip to Hawaii, a trip to Las Vegas, and some business trips to Chicago, Denver and Texas (San Antonio and Dallas). Someday, when time and finances allow, I would like to travel for pleasure... maybe take a cruise and see the Northern Lights!

I'm hoping to find love with someone special, but I'm open to just making new friends and having fun new experiences.

Lastly, I can't see if you "like" me on the quickmatch module. If you did, please send me a message so we have a chance to connect with each other!

Thanks for visiting my little corner of this site! :)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a technical project manager by day, and a dad by night.

I'm divorced and doing my best to co-parenting my kids: a son (17) and two daughters (9 &12). No pets... even though the kids keep asking for one. (I had a couple of cats long ago.)

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! :)

A few of the hobbies/adventures I've experienced through either Meet-ups or signing up for classes include: ballroom dancing (introductory-only), board gaming nights, comedy nights, Dungeons & Dragons role-playing, hiking, hot yoga, improv, indoor rock climbing, Jeet Kun Do, Karaoke, kart racing, laser tag, parkour, and Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (SUP).

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

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. :)

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 just recently, we've started wandering around different parks catching Pokemon. :)
I’m really good at
Taking care of the people I love, and being a reliable friend.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - For fiction, I like Scifi/fantasy... A recent favorite was Ready Player One about a futuristic virtual society obsessed with the 80's. I'm also a fan of the Dresden Files series about a wizard P.I. in Chicago and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (more familiar to tv fans as the HBO Game of Thrones series). I've read quite a bit of the new young adult fantasy series: Divergent, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, etc.

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).
The six things I could never do without
1- My kids - they drive me crazy, but that's their job :D
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 :)
On a typical Friday night I am
when I have my kids, we often go out for dinner, and then have a movie night at home.

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. :)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Although I'm originally from New York City, I prefer Chicago-style pizza.

Although I enjoy playing board games, I've never gotten any good at chess.

I've never been to a professional ballgame, or gone camping.
You should message me if
... you want to go eat dim sum, sing karaoke, play some board games, or hunt for Pokemon! :)

... something in my profile piques your interest or resonates with you, or you would like to meet, chat or just say "Hello!".

... you liked me in the quick match module. (I'm not an upgraded user and can't tell who liked me.)

... you have suggestions for improving my profile. :)