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My self-summary
There's a whole lot to tell. More than I could fit here, but I'll see what I can do about it.

First and foremost, despite the rest of what's written here, I'm not that hard to like. It's actually pretty easy, all things considered. If I don't like you though, changing that generally takes a lot of work.

I don't like being overly competitive, and don't like it from others either most of the time. The only thing that drives you should be yourself. And that's why I worry about being a failure. I don't think I have enough drive to be what my skills and expertise should permit.

Things I am: intelligent, creative, musically talented, physically fit and flexible, well educated, an excellent tease, and a very good cook. However, I am also egotistical, opinionated, misogynistic, and easily disgusted by crudity and a willing lack of culture.

Things I am not: Unjust, unfair, dishonorable, or... terribly tolerant.

There are many parts of this world that I believe simply should not be. And someday, I hope to find a way to see that amended. Saving the world can wait for another day, though. For now, saving myself will have to do.

I am cultured, adventurous, and empathic
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a professional chef and food writer. Recently moved to the South Bay in Cali and in with my fiance. Goal to find myself a proper paying job and get my finances in better order. So far everything is working out all right, but I remain deplorably poor.

If you're interested in learning more about Asian Cuisine in the Bay, my publications can be found here- . Subscribers are welcome- you simply get an email whenever I put up something new, instead of having to check back.
I’m really good at
Lots of things, actually. Cooking, psychoanalysis, flirting, DDR, empathizing with people, understanding nonverbal cues, unarmed combat, singing, telling stories, looking enticing, playing the violin, being unobtrusive, writing.
The first things people usually notice about me
Yes, I will most likely sound like an egotist, but that's what the question asked for... sometimes the expected answer's the best one.

If they're looking at my face, it's my eyes. Bright green with lashes that models would kill for. Unless it's my eyebrows- untamed, they're huge and can be frightening.

If they're talking to me, it's that I'm friendly, flirty, and tell excellent stories. I'll share most any story if you ask the right way, and I've had a great many experiences that most people probably never will.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
--Books? Better by authors: James Clavell, Brian Jacques, Barbara Holland, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Grubb, Terry Pratchet, Orson Scott Card, Lloyd Alexander, David Eddings, Kyell Gold, Terry Brooks. Those are some of my series-writer preferences...

Individual books, the list is endless. I couldn't even begin. I also read manga from time to time, where my tastes run to things like Trigun, Hellsing, Gensoumaden Saiyuki, and Slayers. Sometimes I buy them in Japanese, sometimes not. I do need the practice, but oh god it hurts sometimes.

--Movies: Umm... tough call. Not much of a movie goer. Faves include anything Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, Once Upon a Time In China, Ratatouille, and the like. Occasionally I'll indulge in something campy like Surf Ninjas or Warriors of Virtue, but it's not often.

--Music: I'm a classically trained violinist, but I'm more of a baroque/ren kinda guy for listening. Liking the more jovial Saint-saens, Vivaldi and Handel, not so much the high drama of folks like Beethoven. More modern music, I prefer classic rock, 80s, jazz, and essentially anything but the Beatles, though I'm not a big fan of hiphop and contemporary rap either. Also I harbor a fondness for Jpop and Eurobeat, so things like V6, Morning Musume, Megumi Hayashibara, Ayumi Hamasaki, Megumi Ogata, Two-Mix, the Dancemania series, and a good number more tend to show up on my playlist. Not big on visual-kei and Jrock so much, but that's more a stylistic thing.

--Food: I cook for a living. I grew up with Italian food, much love to my grandma for teaching me about it. However, I was also previously trained as a Hibachi chef, and in my previous years studying East Asia I developed a taste for the flavors of China, Korea, Japan, and the like. Yes, I can flip the knives around, throw a shrimp in my chef's hat, and make a volcano out of an onion. No, I won't do it for you.
Six things I could never do without
1. Food (I love to cook, and love to eat) 2. Books (I love to read, and occasionally apply my vast knowledge) 3. Razor (I cannot STAND being unshaven) 4. Music (I've devoted too many years to developing talent) 5. Sleep (I don't do it much, but caffeine has no effect on me) 6. Cuddles (They don't happen enough in this world)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How much I should be writing, but don't. I make a much better editor than I do a writer. My expertise emphasizes fine-tuning of language, not the barium meal of drafting.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working. The joy and the hurt of restaurants- we work hard so you all can have a worry free time when you're off.
The two of us