Intensive study and eventual mastery of bipedalism (and before that more general terrestrial locomotion).
Moderate mastery in linguistics. Primary field of study was english; Secondary was gobbledygook.
Developed basic proficiency in pizza then french fry skiing styles.
General mastery of ‘potty’ skills.
Successfully read a book that was primarily composed of words, not pictures.
Scored a lot of goals in AYSO.
Did not flunk out of public school, in-fact was somehow rewarded for ‘thinking outside the box,” and was put in a *special* class.
Learned to pronounce the letters S and R.
Often commended on my firm handshake.
Carved a whale out of soap in Boy Scouts.
Was only awkward for most of these years.
Survived coddling and picturesque prep school. Avoided Cruel Intentions type situations.
Escaped small town.
Lost state championship in soccer 5-0.
Did not crash first car.
Went to college. Graduated almost on time. Was once told that I have “a lot of potential.”
Had two roommates drop out of college without telling me, was rewarded with single dorm rooms for the remainder of each year.
Tried to use every page in my passport-- cheated by getting full page visas.
Purchased a few hundred sombreros for a cinco de mayo party.
Once received a noise complaint for a party that included in excess of 600 people.
First five employee at large enterprise tech startup. Ran much of business and operations. Somehow managed not to kill company.
Learned to dive.
Learned to drive a stick.
Pet and child free.
Started a company. Not a failure but not yet a success.
I spent the past four years building a pretty awesome tech company in beautiful Mountain View. I was our first non-technical hire and have done sales, marketing, and ops type stuff for the past few years. Today I run my own company, I absolutely love it.
Outside of work I’m intellectually curious. I love to read and learn about the world. If I’m tired and beat I’ll watch a documentary about nature or travel. Once or twice a year you’ll catch me binge watching something, but it’s quite rare. It’s really hard for me to sit still and do nothing.
Like almost everyone, I like to travel. I’ve spent a bunch of time in SE Asia and Central America. When traveling I love the feeling of being an outsider. I could (and have) spent days wandering around Hong Kong just taking in the sites and watching daily life.
Driving fast with no airbags.
I like to ask a lot of questions. I enjoy learning about people and things.
I've watched all the Arrested Development episodes a few times. If I watch TV now, it's typically HBO, Showtime, or travel and cooking shows.
My favorite books from this past year include Richard Feynman's essays, Steve Jobs, Boomerang, Experience And Education, Thinking, Fast and Slow, and Einstein by Isaacson. My favorite novelists are Gabriel García Márquez, Chinua Achebe, and Kurt Vonnegut.
I usually listen to music here: www.hypem.com/im_asl.
Food is important. I tend to like all of it. I'm unpretentious -- I'm equally happy eating street food or hanging out in nice restaurants.
Dirty rap songs. I’ll occasionally want to bump the Ying Yang Twins at volumes that might make you uncomfortable. You’ll need to get used to this. It’s hard to listen to the "whisper song" without turning the volume up all the way.
Great food. I love to cook; I also like to eat. It’s a match made in heaven.
Good friends. I love sitting around, sharing a nice drink and learning about people.
I like tradition. It's nice to be nice. I like good manners. I think writing the occasional 'thank you' note is necessary.
I really like oysters.
Behind every great woman is a great man :)