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My self-summary
** As a warning, my profile is long. So I hope you like to read. Or I recommend skipping to the end somewhere around "On a typical friday night". **

Ok, now that that is out of the way,

So about me:

I am very straight-forward and open. With friends especially, I can be a bit overly candid, but try to be as nice as possible in being so. I believe very strongly that part of our own measure of worth is how much respect we show to others, and honesty is the first sign of that respect.

For the generals: I went to UCSC, and studied econ and physics. Live in the East Bay, work in tech, and love the area. I love to go backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and especially scuba diving .

Besides that, I'm very easy-going, but can get super excited when talking about something I am passionate about. When this happens, the hands start flying around emphasizing every word with full Italian flair, and I strongly recommend taking a step back.

I have that odd combination of being very outgoing and gregarious, but naturally shy and awkward.

I'm afraid of making others uncomfortable, but am disturbingly OK with making an idiot of myself (everyone needs a hobby).

When it says "I'm looking for", the real answer is 'a partner' - with dating as a means to have fun while seeking such.

The OKC staff robot says I am more organized... that is a half-lie: my kitchen or my work, yes; my car or my liberal use of punctuation, a big no.

I'm a huge dork. And the friends who I'm closest with all tend to be life-long nerds, dorks, and geeks. Generally all the best kinds of people.
What I’m doing with my life
Traveling with friends to explore new places, working, discovering new awesomeness in life, giving in to every whim of my increadibly needy dog, and devoting myself to too many side projects.

My work is a blend of data science and finance, so it keeps me busy during the day.

Mostly though, I'm enjoying how beautiful this planet can be, following new things to learn and finding new places to explore.
I’m really good at
Too many interests -- but love kayaking, exploring, backpacking scuba diving, cool things you can do with data, board games, last minute plans, sailing, and cooking (a work in progress). And.... that wasn't the question at all. As to what I'm good at: none of the above, but I enjoy them anyways.

I tend to pursue with a passion new things to learn, and adapt to the flow of where things take me.
The first things people usually notice about me
A lot of people comment on that I am extremely jolly/friendly/gregarious, that I'm rarely not in a cheerful mood, and that I have a very genuine laugh.

That is a genuine laugh, mind you, not a manly one, so I'm not always sure if that is good or bad.

Also, much talking with the hands.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Cmplt Wrks Abrdgd by the RSC, The Elegant Universe, Good Omens, Much Ado about Nothing, Zero to One, Fooled by Randomness, Hitchiker's Guide, Game of Thrones (It super doesn't matter how the show differs, both are good), Signal and the Noise and I always will hold a first love for Calvin and Hobbes
Currently reading: Discworld series, XKCD (Not a book you say? Well too bad.)
Next in List: Journey to the West

The Bugle, and a lot of NPR, especially fond of This American Life, but also enjoy Car Talk and Wait, wait, don't tell me.

Favorite movie is probably Princess Bride. That movie just makes me happy. I spent a month in junior high trying to learn the sword fight on the cliffs with my best friend - one mild concussion later I realized I would make a very bad dread pirate Roberts.

Also love Monty Pyton's Holy Grail, Army of Darkness, Spirited Away, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ratatoille], 12 Monkeys, Usual Suspects, and Up (I admit, I cried).

Firefly, Arrested Development, Community, Cosmos, Daily Show, Game of Thrones, Colbert Report and much love for Doctor Who (new and old, but especially new).

I have broad tastes, and tend to enjoy stuff from most genres. That said, most of what I listen to is shared music from friends. Some oldies but goodies: Louis Armstrong, Sublime, Johnny Cash, Chopin, and a lot of classic rock (Especially The Rolling Stones.)

I absolutely love SUSHI! Seriously - it's a minor obsession. Dim Sum and Tapas are fantastic as well. My cooking tends to be a bit more Italian style, and I love making cocktails for friends. I'm a passionately adventurous eater though (seriously, there are stories), and will try almost anything new.

And in the spirit of this site -
Favorite dates I've been on:

-- Picnic on a secret beach (rope ladder down cliff) north of Santa Cruz.
-- Randomly exploring around chinatown in the city, then dinner at The View.
-- Giant blanket fort and staying inside all day.
-- Driving out along the coast to watch the perseids (or the geminids later on).
-- Going to one of my favorite wineries for good wine with good company
-- Spending two hours making a sled run and then only less than an hour actually sledding. (up in Tahoe)
-- Going on a random hike and climbing up a cliff to watch sunset from shallow caves in the cliff-face.
-- Exploratorium (Ahh Nostalgia).
-- Kayaking, with hot chocolate afterwards to warm back up.

I tried to warn you that this was too long.
Six things I could never do without
Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm
(The six quark types. I may or may not have a physics problem)

..... This is the appropriate time to click 'back'

To answer more in line with the spirit of the question:

My passport, my health, my computer/ internet, my family, and then probably some other things...

I'm really bad at this.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What can I learn tomorrow that I didn't know yesterday?

What does it day that my dog keeps outsmarting me?

Why am I procrastinating right now, instead of doing something productive?

On the other hand, why waste time learning when ignorance is instantaneous?
On a typical Friday night I am
Having dinner and drinks with friends, playing board|video games with friends at my place, or trying to find someplace new that I heard was worth seeing.

Mostly, the "what" matters a lot less than the "how" and the "who".

.... And hopefully you took my advise and skipped down to hear past all the unnecessary parts above. If you did - Congratulations! You passed the 'avoid getting bored by long rambling' test. The prize - 10 minutes of your time back.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm very direct and open, so feel free to ask anything. And I am nigh-impossible to offend.

For a real answer: I tend to always have a toothpick or gum in my mouth, otherwise I would chew the nail of my ring finger constantly.

Also, I butcher punctuation.
You should message me if
You want to learn with/teach me how to salsa, or help me re-learn swing.

You know of someplace interesting to go adventure to. Especially if you know kinda-sorta where it is, and have a rough idea of how to get there..... maybe. But bare minimum you definitely, probably, sort of think you know which direction to head.

You enjoy how life for what it is, and are looking for a partner in crime
.... metaphorically
....... probably.

You have that passionate interest that you could talk about for days, whether or not anyone around you listens

Or if you're just generally awesome.
The two of us