I'm proud of my Hoosier roots and love my new Santa Monica home, but somehow I feel most myself when I'm traveling abroad, often in Germany. I think it has to do with the way that people make allowances for foreigners, so any of my idiosyncrasies can just be chalked up to "he's not from these parts."
I'm happy most of the time. I like cats and dogs, but I don't have any pets at the moment. I was raised Catholic and still consider myself to be one, but I find that the moments I feel closest to God are when I'm sharing food and drinks and good conversation with good company. I'm not a vegetarian, but I try to be very conscious about the amount of meat that I eat.
My favorite word in the English language is "apparatus." Just about anything can be an apparatus.
I am intelligent, kind, and loyal.
I also co-founded a company that uses the technology from that company and adapts it for the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Bribery and Corruption markets.
In September 2014, I decided to get out of the startup scene and find something more stable, so I work for one of the big companies now. This has had unexpected advantages, such as a big improvement in the quality of the food that I eat and easy access to the on-site gym --- I've lost ten pounds since I joined!
I trained for and ran a half-marathon last October and I am currently training for a 100 mile bike ride this November.
Food? I love it all. Indian food maybe most of all, but Lebanese food is awesome as well. In Santa Monica, though, my favorite food comes from Fritto Misto.
1. My sense of hearing --- I get so much joy from hearing music and voices that my life would be greatly diminished if I couldn't hear them.
2. The company of good friends. The Germans have a variety of sayings that all start "Good company is half ..." and end with things like "the meal," "the journey", and "the way." And it's very true for me. I care a lot more about who I'm with than what I'm doing or where I'm doing it.
3. The company of intelligent and engaging strangers. This is most fun in combination with (2), but also wonderful on its own. Sometimes those strangers become the next good friends, sometimes they remain brief acquaintances, but the meeting almost always leads to great stories.
I'll try to think of some others...