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.
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.
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)
"We've met somewhere before."
Guess I have a familiar face?
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.
Or I might just be resting up for an early morning weekend adventure.
- you want to debate the quality of the new season of Arrested Development.