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My self-summary
I have a passion for creativity and all things artsy. And I love being around artists of all types, especially those with a bohemian spirit. I really dig intelligence. I'm a big activist, do-gooder, animal and environment-loving, bleeding-heart Liberal with absolutely no respect or tolerance for conservatives/Republicans these days. I'm very down to earth, enjoy life's joys and revel in little pleasures, but I also love luxury. Travel is another huge passion of mine. I want to see everything and go everywhere, or at least give it a good try. I think long hair on guys is very sexy. I'm a total foodie, and very much know my wines. I'm a bit obsessive about books. One can never have too many around. I love film festivals. I'm an Anglo-Gallic mutt (English mum / French dad). I have an affinity for elephants, whales, and crows. Perhaps they're my animal totems. My birthday is smack dab in the middle of Ophiuchus which sucks for two reasons: 1) I really dislike snakes. 2) I really liked being a Sagittarian. I was accepted at Brown, but went to Berkeley. I still feel the pangs of an inferiority complex when I'm around ivy leaguers. I keep way too many tabs open on my browser. I'm attracted to natural hipsters. That is, the ones not trying to be hip. Sometimes it is a very fine line between the two. I think Tom Robbins is brilliant, but that his later stuff seems a bit forced. (Did anyone actually love Fierce Invalids...?)

Here are some qualities I'm looking for in a partner in crime: He's gotta be smart. I'm talking inquisitive, book-reading, and thinking kind of smart. He doesn't need a doctorate in advanced astrophysics or have π memorized to 150 decimal places, but I want to be able to have rational conversations with him, and express myself without being asked to use smaller words (it really happened). He should also be a wit. I love humour, and especially wit. I'm a bit turned off by sarcasm in general, though, as I feel it smacks of cruelty and I think that's too easy. It takes smarts to be a wit, any ol' jack-ass can be sarcastic. I won't date a Republican or even a Libertarian, but the guy I want does need to take interest in the world around him. He should be a bit sophisticated. He should know how to behave amongst the nobs, which fork to use, appreciate a good port, and realize how much more sublime Tanner Krolle is than Louis Vuitton. But he should not be prissy. I want a guy who can appreciate a good dive bar, who can roll up his sleeves and get dirty when he needs to, and who enjoys the occasional camping trip or three-day concert. He should be sweet, affectionate, assuring, considerate, and a bit sentimental, all without being saccharine or overly emotional. And I want him to be broad-minded and open to new or different ideas whether exploring various kinds of kink, trying a new cuisine, or when I drag him to a retrospective of French New Wave cinema. My guy should also be a romantic and appreciate my gestes de l'amour. I don't like schlocky romance, though. Chocolate-dipped hybridized strawberries and mediocre sparkling wine is far less impressive to me than gathering wild strawberries and eating them snuggled together on a fallen log in the forest. Great hair that I can run my fingers through is a plus, as is anyone who can keep me in regular supply of Amedei chocolate.
What I’m doing with my life
I've worked as an interior designer, and still love it, and I must say I'm pretty good at it, but when the economy hit a rough patch people stopped employing designers in my area so much so I've been doing a lot of event planning work, mostly for non-profits. It went well so I formed an event production company that focuses on product placement events for the luxury industry.

A few months ago, I was retained as campaign manager for a progressive Democrat in a very red county, in my very red state. Counter to popular wisdom, we're doing very well, and I'm convinced we can win in November.
I’m really good at
I make a great curried pumpkin and black bean soup, and my nachos are killer. I'm very good at packing: parcels, luggage, homes... I throw a terrific cocktail party. Decorating other people's homes (especially if I have a decent budget to work with and enough time to find just the perfect furnishings). I have a knack for choosing a great wine. I travel very well, I'm not one of those grumpy, whining travelers. Getting into parties I'm not on the guest list for, although I'm on the guest list more often now than when I was twenty-something and cared more about such things. Walking, I'm a fast walker who seldom tires. And I'm really good at my own personal rituals: Coffee, toasted sesame bagels slathered with melted butter, and the NY and London Times on Sunday mornings; Sipping cognac while reading golden age mysteries on chilly autumn evenings; and Wearing my lucky socks when a particular baseball team plays, (although this has changed since my fave player was traded). Oh, and I'm excellent at parallel parking.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been letting my hair grow out this past year, so my longer locks are probably the first thing people notice about me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food

I love books. No, I LOVE books. I have tons around me, and picking a favourite book would be akin to a parent picking out a favourite child. I love English mysteries, books on personal development (as opposed to self-help), historical non-fiction, philosophy, and old travel essays. Some of my fave authors include Tom Robbins, John Mortimer, Richard Brautigan, Evelyn Waugh, oh and a bunch more.


I love the indys and art house film. I often list these as some of my favourite films: Orlando, Waiting for the Moon, The Theory of Flight, Anything with Katharine Hepburn in it, Kundun, The Linguini Incident, Sleeper, Slaves of New York, Un Coeur en Hiver, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ...


Indy, Post-Punk, Blues, Jazz, Classical, New Wave, Opera, and Alternative are the genres I most often listen to. The National, MGMT, Bowie(!), White Stripes, Keb Mo, The Cure, Miles Davis, Mozart, Chopin, Bettye Lavette, Puccini, Verdi, The Eels, Cat Stevens, Pat Barber, Razorlight, Better Than Ezra, George Harrison, Nina Simone, Echo and the Bunnymen, Franz Ferdnand, Jonny Lang, Pink Martini, The Vaselines, Buddy Guy, Scissor Sisters, Chet Baker, Ian Shaw, Manhattan Transfer, Rolling Stones, and the like get frequent play on my ipod.


I love to eat. Sometimes I regret being a vegetarian, but I still find plenty to over-indulge in skipping the meat. As you might have suspected from my profile, I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to gastronomy, I hate when bad things happen to good food. I've always said that if I had to choose only one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life it would be Indian, with a slight preference for southern Indian fare.
Six things I could never do without
Red Wine
A Curious Mind
Dark Chocolate
(I know, I know, but I did well narrowing my list down to just seven items.)

These are, of course, above the absolute essentials of Maslow's hierarchy.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future, my goals, what shall I have for dinner, how to frustrate the tea baggers tea partiers, art/design, my business...
On a typical Friday night I am
These days it could be anything. I might be out having a couple drinks with friends, meeting an old friend for dinner, or home watching a video, reading a book, or surfing the net. I have a buddy who's in a band and at least once a month I'm at one of his gigs to show support, they seem to usually fall on Fridays too.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a thing for kissing the napes of necks.
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