I think my friends would describe me as a solid guy; the kind of person who's there for friends and family when needed. I have a quirky sense of humor, one that I've had to learn to keep in check so as to stay at least sort of appropriate. Doing well at what I do is important to me so I tend to work a lot, but also am careful to set time aside for myself. Could be anything; drinks or dinner with friends at an old favorite haunt or new recommendation, a local hike, working on my motorcycle or taking it for a ride, or just chilling with my cat watching Netflix.
I'm originally from the LA area, went to college in Santa Barbara, then lived in Germany for two years before coming back to LA. I've been something of a chameleon professionally (not literally, silly). I've been a teacher spanning everything from pre-K to HS seniors, worked as a data guy for a major cancer center, had a brief stint in the infomercial biz, and now market mobile video games for a large, mouse-related entertainment company.
Oh, I also get distracted easily and go off on tangents. This leads (as you'll not doubt discover, should you chose to read on) to a love of parentheses. I'm willing to change to make myself a better person, but do not ask me to give up the parenthesis.
I'm a pretty good improvisational cook. That is to say, I might not knock it our of the park if I'm the head chef at a dinner party for all your Westside foodie friends (though I can make a hollandaise without breaking it), but if you've got a few disparate ingredients or see something interesting and new at the farmers' market I can probably whip up something that'll be pretty darn tasty. But I can't bake. About the only baked good I can do is Rice Krispy treats.
Also, keeping perspective. At almost every job I've had, someone has at some point asked me how I'm always in a good mood, positive, don't let stuff get to me, etc. Not that I'm wearing a silly grin all the time, I just like to remember that when you add it all up, a lot of the things that some people get worked up about really are pretty trivial.
Oh - and I've been told more than once that I look "like if the guys from Mythbusters had a kid together." Which I'm OK with.
I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately. I dig a good novel as much as the next guy, but I've been on a kick to learn the stuff I always new about, but never really understood.
Foodwise I'm as happy at a taco truck as at 5-star restaurant. I love Indian, Thai, burgers, pizza, haute cuisine, bas cuisine, seafood, land food, but not air food... Good food is less about the type of food and more about great ingredients and technique.
A walkable neighborhood
Someone to point out when I'm acting like a goober. Or who gets a kick out of my gooberness.
Also, the next project I need to undertake on my motorcycle. I recently bought a used one that was kinda beat up, and it's actually been a hoot getting the ol' gal up and running again.
I think my cat thinks he's better than me, but just acts like he's cool with me being around 'cause he can't get his food tins open without opposable thumbs.
something here caught your eye and you're interested in a chat. You dig more on the endearingly nerdy than the smooth operator type. You know when people are not using the word "literally" correctly, but are classy enough not to point it out to them. You're just as happy in a swanky cocktail joint as roasting marshmallows in the woods. You're an old soul. Bonus points to beer lovers.