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My self-summary
Recently arrived in San Francisco after ten years hard time (career-wise, along with fun of course ; ) in wonderful New York, New York. I work in the tech industry, which brought me to the Bay Area, but I have a background in arts and music. I'm excited to explore the beautiful natural destinations as well as the cultural activities northern Cali has to offer.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently I work in product development and user experience design for a big internet-media-tech-etc-etc company down in Palo Alto. The SF–PA commute is longer than anticipated, but its nice how much warmer it is down there! I also recently finished a master's degree over a grueling two years, while working full time, so I finally have free time again for social life and travel.
I’m really good at
Playing guitar, both real and the air variety. Recently got into cooking more at home. Just simple dishes like fish and kale or spinach sautéed in garlic and olive oil. Surprised myself.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd hope the first thing people notice is that I'm genial, and actually listen to them. I like to really get to know people. With my friends and coworkers, whenever I go clean shaven, or when I cut my hair from long to short once in a while, it throws them a curve ball.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'd like to commit to a great novel one of these days, but I am generally a non-fiction reader, partially due to time-constraints. There are some dense academic books I enjoyed reading during graduate study but I won't bore you with those here. I read a lot in science, politics, culture, and am pretty much always up on current affairs.

I tend to like quirkier, eccentric movies like the Cohen brothers' "Fargo", "True Grit", "The Big Lebowski" (TBL = possibly my all-time fave). If I could be a comedian I might want to be Will Ferrell. His movies can be very hit or miss, but his absurd style can make even his flops entertaining. Some good ones that come to mind: "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Elf"! (when elf passes the sign in front of that NYC diner: "You did it!! Congratulations!! World's Best Cup of Coffee!!! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here.") Also recently caught "Casa de mi Padre" on Netflix. I recommend it; a great spoof on Spaghetti Westerns and Mexican melodramas.

Not normally a big TV watcher but lately have gotten into "Homeland" with Claire Danes on Showtime. It's pretty gripping! I'll admit some reality shows can suck me in too, like "Top Chef", "Project Runway", and "Hoarders" (the Hoarders are crazy, a little sad and touching in their stories, and fascinatingly creative at building pathways through junk!). My vote for best TV drama ever: "Mad Men" (is it coming back?). I can relate some having worked for an ad agency once. I can enjoy any show or movie with performances by actors who can do a real range in characters, who don't just 'play themselves' because they're a famous celebrity. Like, Tom Cruise is usually in the latter category, but then you gotta give him some cred for his hilarious cameo role as Les Grossman, outrageous, fat, bald, foul-mouthed, rapping, egotistical Hollywood producer, in "Tropic Thunder" by Ben Stiller, an absolute must-see satire on Hollywood.

I like too much music to list. Last thing on my pod was the Doves and The Black Keys. Electronic and dance like Metro Area (from Brooklyn, shout out) and Goldfrapp. I will listen to some recent pop like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Classic and modern, experimental jazz, traditional Delta blues (Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Son House), and modern classical composition. Just went to see Leonard Cohen perform -- The Poet -- who never ceases to amaze in song and verse and energy even at age 79!

One of my favorite things about moving here is the food and California wine culture. NYC has great food too but I think SF may have it beat. I've been trying to avoid wheat and gluten lately. Makes eating out a little tougher but so far feels worth it.
Six things I could never do without
Coffee, sunshine, deep sleep, art/creativity, comic relief. Ummm, at least those are the first that come to mind. But really, all you need is love, right?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to come up with new and creative ideas for projects at work; how to keep my job engaging despite corporate politics and bureaucracy. Also, I spent some years studying philosophy, so I think a lot about everything: life, the world, whether love is what really holds it all together, etc. (On that note another fun movie recommendation: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life", a hilarious sendup of modern life).
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing a happy hour. Catching a movie. Wining and dining with friends. Or just enjoying a relaxing evening at home by my fireplace (yay SF! NYC banned use of the old fireplaces in apartments).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You can find out in person!
You should message me if
If you like what you've read. And if you don't mind meeting relatively sooner, without a lot of email exchanges beforehand, since really, you can only get to know each other in person.
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