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My self-summary
I'm a nice guy, a gentle soul with a big heart. I've moved around a lot in my life and I've made a lot of friends along the way. I'm easy to get a long with. I'm both strong willed and yet sensitive. At my last job I was voted "most cool under pressure", four years in a row.
I love to travel and learn about other people and cultures. I've been to many places, many that don't qualify as a vacation destination. I was in Haiti when Aristides left power and was in the middle of a coup d'etat, also once found myself in Peru, stuck in between the Shining Star rebels and the government military. I've crossed the Atlas mountain on mountain bike, took ten people to the site of the Titanic to reclaim bottles of Bass Ale, swam inter islands in St. Martin and participated in New Years Day mass with Raul Castro on the Malecon in Cuba. My family lives in France and I go back to see them once a year.
I'm a consumer marketer and have worked with wine (Bonny Doon Vineyards, Cupcake) , spirits (Campari,Goldschlager, Cutty Sark), beer (Guinness, Bass, Pete's Brewing Company, Duval), coffee (Java City), chocolate (Coco Pete's), and high tech (NetFlix, HP).
What I’m doing with my life
Working as a Marketing Exec, collecting Memorable Moments and pushing myself to learn / grow personally and professionally.
I’m really good at
Improvising, finding and creating a fun atmosphere. I'm a good snowboarder and can make it snow (seriously - if I plan a trip to Tahoe there's a 90% chance it will snow... even in April / May).
Update: my snow powers are stronger than ever. This winter I showed up in the Alps and all was barren and dry. Two days later we had 2 meters of freshness. Actually made it flurry in Squaw this year, sadly that's all my powers could muster in this horrible drought.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically, it's my hair (grows like a Chia Pet). Emotionally, it's my passion for life and having fun. I love to laugh at myself and others.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a card carrying member of the Club Dumbass (That would be Alexander Dumas), I also enjoy Catch 22, Anything about Psychology (I double majored in Psych and Marketing), A Tale of Two Cities, All of Max Gallo's historical fiction novels (Caesar, Napoleon, Louis XIV) Iconoclast, The Tipping Point, The Inmates are running the Asylum, Crime and Punishment and Chomsky if I want to test my mental acuity. My last read was The Dawn of Sex, a forensic anthropological analysis of the sexual history of homo sapiens, bonobos and chimpanzees... awesome. I try to read in French to keep up my language skills.
I have unique music tastes that run go from Deadmau5, to Manu Chao, David Gray to Mozart but music is a big part of my life and I'm totally addicted to Pandora. I guess it's the artist and music rather than the genre that I like.
Movies, there are too many to mention, although I like indie films, I recently saw my first Dardenne Bro's movie Le Gamin aux Velo which was pretty awesome. I like the Coen Brothers too, The Piano, Life is Beautiful and Smillas sense of snow, plus all of the Bourne series. Like my literature, I also like period pieces like Amadeus, Le Comte de Monte Cristo, Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette, Camille Claudel. Yes, I'm a Depardieu fan.
I'm an omnivore in the food department (definitely my French heritage coming out there) and while I don't eat a lot, I really like good food. I'll try anything.
Six things I could never do without
Good food (fresh and local if possible), wine, sparkling water, coffee/tea and my family/friends.
Additional things: Traveling, new ideas, the mountains, fresh snow and the blanket of silence it brings to the world, and water to swim in.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to reach a state of ongoing happiness, how to encourage it, the current state of world affairs and how we might better things, good food, and trying to make the mundane more fun (actually that usually just happens).
On a typical Friday night I am
Going on an urban hike to discover a new neighborhood, wine bar or restaurant. I also like to hang out with friends or relax with a good book on the couch.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a terrified extrovert. I love meeting people and fun in a crowd (once I get going), but inside my head I'm really shy. It takes a lot out of me to make that leap..
You should message me if
You've got the time for a relationship and the space in your heart. You're passionate and want to live, breath in the greatness of every moment and ready to keep up with me.
The two of us