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My self-summary

Welcome to my profile. Grab a drink and make yourself at home. If you want to get an idea what I look like digitally, go ahead and check out the photo section. If you want to make friends, the green button on the right might interest you. If you're curious about how I would answer some random questions, check the bar above. Otherwise, on with the profile!

I'm an explorer, adventurer, learner, somewhat of an idealist and sometimes a smartass.

I was born in California, but I grew up in the Midwest. Are Midwesterners the easiest people to get along with? Discuss.

I moved abroad after I graduated college. I was planning on spending a year to experience a different culture, see the world blah, blah....But then, next thing I know, BAM! Six years had passed and, even though I was having a great time, I figured it was about time I came back to the good old US of A.

Now I'm here, exploring the city, trying to surf, enjoying the hiking trails and doing all that other LA stuff that everyone talks about.

I get excited about maps, noodles and space.

Also, I have no problem picking up spiders, snakes or other slimy animals, but I'm disgusted by yogurt.
What I’m doing with my life
Keeping things interesting.

I work in the film industry and do translation work on the side.

When I have free time you can usually find me reading, hiking up a mountain, going to the gym, exploring the wilderness, taking random classes, out on the water trying to surf, climbing rocks, falling from rocks, playing capoeira (trying to get back into it), backpacking or traveling somewhere. Did I mention that I like being outside?

I can have fun indoors too. You might also find me checking out a new restaurant, going to a show or wandering around a museum.
I’m really good at
pronouncing words in foreign languages.
making popcorn.
giving directions in Griffith Park. Or at least looking like I am. I get asked A LOT.
appreciating my surroundings. (Getting better at this in LA)
The first things people usually notice about me
I've heard:
"You're tall."
"We've met somewhere before."
Guess I have a familiar face?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Indie rock (Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M83, Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Magnetic Fields, Postal Service), some hip hop, house, 80s (Talking Heads!), etc. Anything that sounds good.

Books: I read mostly nonfiction these days, mostly about travel, history, political intrigue and pop science. ("The Elegant Universe" is awesome!).
For fiction, I like Kafka on the Shore, Slaughterhouse 5, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, My Name is Red,
Calvin and Hobbes, Hundred Years of Solitude, etc.

Movies are my thing. I've loved cinema for as long as I can remember (rare in LA I know!). Here's a sample of favorites for you to enjoy: 2001, Airplane, City of God, Indiana Jones, Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, anything Wong Kar-wai, Royal Tenenbaums, Last Year at Marienbad, 80s teen movies (ie John Hughes), Star Wars, Requiem for a Dream, Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, dumb comedies (Hot Rod, etc.).

TV: Family Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Mad Men and Game of Thrones.

Food: I have an iron stomach from living abroad and I'll try just
about anything. Definitely not a foodie, but I appreciate a good meal. Like Mexican, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Italian, dumplings (the soup kind, xiao long bao), noodles, microbrews and just about anything with cheese on it. (I'm from the Midwest after all.)

I'm also addicted to WNYC's Radiolabs.
Six things I could never do without
I like to think that if I woke up in a strange place with none of my possessions, I'd still be able to find a way to survive. But here are a few things that make life in LA a little easier:
The Ocean
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next adventure (South America?), what language I should dabble in next, the universe, stories, space, the future and what this lever does.
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing something fun with good people either out or in. I'm not afraid of the dance floor or the karaoke mic, but I could probably use some taming on both those fronts.
Or I might just be resting up for an early morning weekend adventure.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once threw a spelling bee. As in I pretended I didn't know how to spell a word when I actually did. What? I thought spelling bees were for dorks...
You should message me if
- you're looking for a partner in crime, or at least in trivia.
- you want to debate the quality of the new season of Arrested Development.
The two of us