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My self-summary
I am a California native who's been in SF for a bit over a year after 8-9 years on the east coast and overseas. Succinct and candid self-summaries are tough, but I'll do my best. My interests and education range widely, my sense of humor tends toward the mildly sarcastic and occasionally cynical and my politics are fairly centrist. As a general rule, I can find common interests with the vast majority of people I run into. After living in 7 cities over the past decade, I am excited to settle in to San Francisco, and would of course love to find an all around partner-in-crime to take on this fine town of ours.
What I’m doing with my life
Wouldn't I like to know... Put it this way - until I'm sure that I am doing something of consequence, I won't sign up for a final answer to that question.

Less philosophically...I've done a few things, professionally-speaking, since finishing graduate school, including a stint in the public sector and a few years on the classic consulting tour, in Brazil and New York. Over the past few years I've migrated more toward the software space, which, as you might guess, is part of what brings me to the Bay Area. I like solving problems, which is the unifying theme underlying my various endeavors.
I’m really good at
Pattern recognition.
The first things people usually notice about me
My peg leg?
The parrot riding on my shoulder?
The Sufi poetry tattooed on my forehead?

I really haven't the foggiest...do feel free to educate me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I just read A Bright Shining Lie on a trip to Vietnam with a college buddy, and that's one I'll be thinking about for a while. More broadly, the favorites are almost all non-fiction: The Blue Nile / The White Nile, The Zanzibar Chest, Lenin's Tomb, The Fate of Africa, An Unexpected Light, The River of Doubt, etc. I do happen to think Wallace Stegner is about the best pure writer I've ever read, but I'm just not a fiction guy. And of course Hemingway, but that's sort of like saying you enjoy sex and chocolate - really, who doesn't?

Good Will Hunting, The Big Lebowski, The Departed, Swingers, Lost in Translation, Traffic (I was tempted to include Band of Brothers as an homage to the always entertaining OKTrends, but that would cheat the system. Oh wait...)

Lately, I've been listening to The National, Eddie Vedder and Arcade Fire quite a bit. My music tastes, though, are pretty variable.... I did just spend a few days in Nashville and saw Charlie Daniels fiddlin' on the Grand Ole Opry and a guy named Will Hoge sing a few songs about women dyin'. Turns out they don't allow Gs in Nashville.
Six things I could never do without
Sunday New York Times
Basketball on a regular basis
Long bike rides
Giant stacks of books about everything under the sun
The Economist
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whither I am tending.
On a typical Friday night I am
Brooding at the end of a smoke-stained bar, muttering into a glass of well whiskey and cursing the crocodile who took my leg.

That's not true. I drink top shelf.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once went to an Indigo Girls concert. There was a girl, she had pretty blue eyes, and I'm a pushover.

Beyond that, I'll demur. I'm pretty sure this here is the Internet. Its like a system of tubes.
You should message me if
You are active...and looking for someone to be active with. You think spending 3 hours in a coffee shop with the NY Times sounds like a good Sunday morning. Your conversations dwell on what you read/learned/discovered that day more so than what you did. You want to explore this city of ours with a curious fellow, and then take on the world.
The two of us