Cliff notes bio: I've traveled and lived in some amazing places (Turkey, South Africa, Kenya, India are faves). Went to school "near Boston" and in the UK. You may appreciate my pinch of sass, and the occasional wink...;o)
A lot of my time goes into thinking about how to build companies that do well and do good - I'm lucky to work at that intersection.
I adore making things. This is concentrated in the edible realm - shopping at the farmers market and whipping together a spontaneous meal is one of my favorite extracurricular activities.
Wouldn't life be better if we could eat whatever we wanted whenever? Foie gras every day!
Love hiking and getting out of SF on weekends. I will happily trade being able to look up a random fact on my smartphone for hiking in Pt Reyes, picnicking on Muir Beach, smelling eucalyptus or cedar trees drying in the heat on a camping trip, or vino tripping.
Pondering serendipity ---> making connections between seemingly unconnected things has been my thing since I was little. what can a manhole cover tell you about modern economics? how does what we're eating relate to 18th century english literature?
Planning and enjoying random travel adventures ---> I am a queen of excellent travel. Often, it's a plane ticket, a travel guide, a few nights in a boutique hotel with a great restaurant reservation or a random concert in a new place. Last week, I road tripped around East Texas on a whim. Next month, I'm off on another adventure in New England. I'm taking recommendations for Maine !
Debating just about anything ;o) ---> I was a national debate champion in high school. Amartya Sen's Argumentative Indian was probably written about me.
Having random small world run-ins ---> I make friends everywhere and invest in maintaining them. The world can feel like a meeting of old friends in the most random places. I once randomly ran into my high school English teacher in a cafe in Nairobi. 10 years later and 1000s of miles from Florida...
I can tell you where to have the best burger, pork chop, pad kee mao, or bread pudding in the city.
Still, I'll take a great home cooked meal any day.
a really good book or the latest New Yorker
a great cooking set up in the kitchen
wine (I am a sucker for Russian River/Dry Creek/Anderson Valley vinos)
making plans for the future (while enjoying the present of course)
you're exceptional and err towards normal > weird
you believe in chivalry
you feel like it ;o)
(PS - the easily intimidated need not apply)