-Independent, adventurous, deeply curious power nerd who takes life seriously (but not too seriously)
-Loves children, nature, and animals
-Lives to travel
-Values experiences over possessions
-Cherishes friends and family
-Laughs easily (given the caliber of joke I've been known to enjoy, some would say too easily)
-Believer in working to improve society on the whole, not just my own place in it
-An introvert who can pass for an extravert when necessary
-Sincere in the pursuit of love, often disappointed (sometimes due my own mistakes), but an eternal optimist
Job-wise I have worn many hats, including teacher, editor, magazine writer, actor, and professional translator. None of them quite fit, so I went to graduate school and got a Master's Degree in International Business at UC San Diego. I now work as a market research analyst in Arlington.
-Cooking brunch, Italian, and Japanese food
-Changing light bulbs and getting things off the top shelf
-Killing cockroaches without fear or hesitation
-Massacring 80s and classic soul tunes in a musically unsophisticated but entertaining way when I go to karaoke
MOVIES: Too many to list them all. Some that have a special place in my heart are "Seven Samurai", "Lost in Translation", "This Is Spinal Tap", "Star Wars", "Groundhog Day", "Blade Runner", "Goodfellas", "Rashomon", "Fargo", "Amelie", "The Godfather", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "The Princess Bride", "Network", "Pan's Labyrinth", "WALL-E", and "City of God".
TV: I'm not a huge TV watcher, but some of my favorite all-time shows are "Breaking Bad", "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones", "How I Met Your Mother", "Seinfeld", "Black Mirror", "Friday Night Lights" and "The Wire".
MUSIC: Came up as an indie/alternative kid but have since worked my way into an appreciation of all sorts of older music (jazz, blues, bluegrass, classical, etc.). Some favorite groups/artists are the White Stripes, The Beatles, The Kinks, New Pornographers, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Redding, B.B. King, U2, The Magnetic Fields, Outkast, Muse, Blonde Redhead, Pogues, Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Miles Davis, Talking Heads, Adele, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett, Son House, The Clash, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hives, The Killers, The Black Keys.
FOOD: Favorite cuisines are Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian... but I'll try anything once, an approach which has resulted in gustatory encounters with stewed jellyfish, steamed silkworms, and raw cod testicles, among other delights. I also like to cook and to invent my own recipes, several of which have proven to be edible.
-A decent wifi connection