I got to spend some of my formative years in Italy and Switzerland. So I have no shortage of amusing anecdotes and more than a few words of French. My parents once dropped me off, when I was in sixth grade, for a basketball camp in Zurich. No sooner did they leave me there for a week, then I found out the camp was in Swiss German, not English; and I couldn't speak that for the life of me.
If my friends described me as a quieter, intellectual type, they would be right enough, I think. They would also tell you I am no stodgy, dusty bookworm. Going out on the town with friends, hosting dinner parties, checking out films, concerts and theater are some of the things I do when not studying for a class or working.
I listen well
Intelligent without any pretense; good-humored without carelessness.
S C R E E N Eternal Sunshine, Lost In Translation, Run Lola Run, Harold and Maude, Amadeus, The Usual Suspects, His Girl Friday, O Brother, The Fifth Element, Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, The Goonies, &c. Shows The IT Crowd, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Arrested Development, QI, Seinfeld, Twin Peaks, The Daily Show, any wildlife documentary with David Attenborough, &c.
M U S I C Spoon, The Smiths, Muse, The Velvet Underground, Queen, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, Elliot Smith, Kate Bush, The Mountain Goats, Built To Spill, The Flaming Lips, Blind Pilot, Ratatat, Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Prince, the Decemberists, &c. My taste is pretty diverse, and I always welcome being introduced to new things.
F O O D Ethiopian, ice cream (the real gelato I had in Italy takes the crown, as the best I've yet had), pizza (cooked in a wood-oven is ideal), Mexican, Thai, fresh NW Salmon, &c. I have eclectic taste in this category too, as with music you could say, &c.
Both free and easy banter on anything under the sun and solid conversation
Close friends and family
A passport for world adventuring