I am very passionate about kiteboarding and have a spiritual relationship with the ocean. I can be in the water for hours at a time, even without a wetsuit, just swimming. I also love the mountains and snowboarding. This season I want to try snow kiting. These two sports have given me even more tools, among other things, to have a positive outlook on life. When that cold summer wind kicks up in SF, I know I can ride it; when it is raining and miserable in the winter—even though I like rain—I know it will snow in Tahoe. If you haven’t gathered it already, I love sports and being outdoors.
Oh yeah… and I am SUPERSONIC excited the NFL season started!
Besides that (or part of that), professionally I started my career moving up the ranks to become Executive Director of a non-profit (while teaching French to make extra cash), then worked for a start-up, and now I work for a M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) advisory for small and medium-sized tech companies.
L'écume des jours
As I Lay Dying
Crime and Punishment
Hunter S. Thompson
Favorite poets: Paul Eluard and Rumi
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hamlet (I've read this and seen it a trillion times it seems)
A New Earth
The Big Lebowski: Yes, I'm one of those guys. I can carry on a conversation with a friend in Lebowski quotes.
Le Dîner de cons
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Pirates of the Caribbean
Harold and Kumar and other silly movies of that ilk
Hot Tub Time Machine: that movie was hella funny!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Madagascar 1 & 2
Boyz n the Hood
Lars Von Trier
Caché: loved that movie!
Les rivières Pourpres
Le péril jeune
Le père noël est une ordure
La vie est un long fleuve tranquille
Une époque formidable
Les trois frères
Le grand bleu
Inspecteur la bavure
La soupe aux choux
Centro do Brasil
I have a very eclectic taste in music...
Slayer (yes, and with a passion, but I do not impose this on my surroundings) with that Metallica, Pantera, Deftones, Sepultura and all that stuff. I went to the Big 4 in April and it was awesome!
I play the bass (although I currently don't have one.) My idols are Les Claypool, Flea, Cliff Burton and Robert Trujillo.
Hip Hop (from before it died): The Roots, The Coup, NWA, Outkast, Wu Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Goodie Mob, Nas, Dre, Snoop, De La Soul etc...
I love house, deep house, drum n bass and all that electronic feel good music. Definitely a vestige from my London and Paris days...
I love classical music: Beethoven and Mozart are at the top. My favorite movement is Vltava from Bedrich Smetana. I'm also a big fan of Dvorak. I even like Opera, but I can't listen to a whole opera, but the aria of 'Vesti la Giubba' (especially by Pavoratti) is one of the most powerful things I've heard.
And I can't leave out the French tunes: Serge Gainsbourg, NTM, iam, Charles Trenet, Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand, Bobby Lapointe, Georges Brassens...
I'm leaving out a lot...
I LOVE to cook. I grew up learning to cook à la française, but really enjoy making thai food and making stuff up or 'fusion' (the essence of French cooking.) Rain or shine I BBQ at least 3 times a week!
I enjoy going away for the weekend, so I'm often en route to that destination. This summer I camped a lot in the delta to kite at Sherman island, epic spot! I'm also up for going out and can be convinced to go big!
-you have ANY suggestions on what I should be for Halloween.