28 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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My self-summary
Helo. Andrew dw i. Dw i'n byw yn Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Dw i'n gweithio mewn dafarn. Mae gwallt melyn a llygaid glas. Dw i'n hoffi darllen, canu, coginio, dawnsio, gwin, a cerdded. Dw i ddim yn hoffi'r teledu.

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night.

I'm a sommelier these days. After a fun time attempting languages then music as a career, I fell in love with wine, so I ended up going to school for that. It gives me a great excuse to travel, to boot.

My hair is blonde, my eyes are blue, and I'm of average height. I naturally tend to reflect light.

Besides wine, I enjoy spirits, rock music, interesting conversation, cooking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and knitting, among many other activities.

My dislikes include writer's block and misuse of punctuation.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a sommelier. A sommelier is a person in fancy restaurants who is really trained in wine especially, and knows all the ins and outs of it and food. As well, a sommelier is trained in beer and spirits, and is usually responsible for making the drinks list--it's a position kind of comparable to chef, except with alcohol rather than food, and you don't necessarily need to be a fantastic cook, just good with flavours.
I’m really good at
Procrastination seems to be a natural talent. More seriously, I'm (hoping to be) quite talented with any string instrument, cooking, mixology, neologisms, picking up languages, and strangely enough, entertaining customers. As well, for my job, my senses of smell and taste are pretty decent, and my memory for useless bits of information is pretty spectacular.
The first things people usually notice about me
My accent. Despite me living in Canada nearly my entire life, people accuse me of having an English accent frequently. Fortunately, I did learn where my accent might blend in--Surrey, south of London.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Almost any book/pamphlet/serviette with scribbles on it is wonderful. It takes a special sort of book for me to not like it. My favourite read for the moment is my new cookbook called "A Spoonful of Ginger". For non-cookbooks, I enjoy "The Salmon of Doubt", "Born to Kvetch", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "Welcome to the Monkey House", "Thud!", among many others.

For films, I generally tend towards comedies. I love The Jerk and any of the Python films, as well as the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers, especially The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

Musically, I will listen to pretty much anything. I tend to prefer listening to britpop, shoegazing, psychedelic pop, blues, folk, and rock. I love the bands Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, the Dandy Warhols, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Blur, Suede, The Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, the Beatles, the Who, Oasis, Nirvana, etc., etc.

Finally, food-wise, I love cold leftover fettucine alfredo primavera or phad thai for breakfast, mango and cream cheese sushi with vegetable tempura and deep-fried tofu for lunch, and broccoli and leeks with wilted spinach for supper. Ice-cream of almost any kind is wonderful for dessert, and spring rolls are wonderful at any time.
The six things I could never do without
Variety in life
Air Conditioning
Humour, in book or script form
Depression and impending mental collapse. Probably why it's stuck around for so long. I couldn't imagine life without it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Interesting things I've had the opportunity to experience recently, both career-wise and otherwise, and often, really stupid random thoughts, like whether the Golden Rule should have an exception for sadomasochists. Recently, I've also had my mind on how cool it would be to take a kiwi bird for a walk, and also how to build a flock of 80 foot tall robot flamingoes that shoot lasers from their eyes at random.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, or sipping on a gin and tonic after work at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've had the Safety Dance stuck in my head for three days...and enjoyed every second of it.
You should message me if
You take in interest in music, or language, or wine, or have something educational about the world to say, or if you like jamming, or hiking, or cross-country skiing, or if you speak Welsh, Finnish, or any other language besides English.