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My self-summary
Well, it's been a long time since I updated this, so here goes. I grew up in San Jose, CA. It took me 2 years of sort of living in Houston (I was overseas most of the time) before I found out I actually like this city. Not so coincidentally, that's also when I discovered and moved to the Inner Loop. I like people who are irreverent and love to smile and joke. If you have a nice smile that you know how to use, it goes a really long way with me.

I'm a dog person, but I have a cat. I prefer pubs to clubs. I love languages and learning them. I've been to 20 countries in the last few years, and I intend to see more still. I'm not particularly tidy, except when I need to be, so you won't be coming to my apartment without advance notice. I've dated a lot in the last few years, but none have really stuck. I tend to have more luck with women I meet in real life than with women I meet here.

I don't fit the standard mold of a Houstonian dude. I don't really watch sports unless I happen to be with someone who wants to watch. I don't get into fishing, or even eating fish, other than Sushi. My sense of humor served me much better in San Jose than it does here, but every once in a while I meet someone here that my humor clicks with, and we can't stop laughing.

I'm looking for a relationship and friendships. I really just need to meet some more people that I can do things with. So if I meet someone and we just don't have that chemistry, which I think is very important, I'm cool with being friends if they are.
What I’m doing with my life
I work for a seismic exploration company, which means we use explosives to make tiny tremors in the earth and record the reflections of the waves to see if we can find oil or gas. I was working overseas a lot as a Health, Safety, Environmental Manager on crew, but about 2 years ago, I started work in the corporate office in Houston.
I’m really good at
Knowing lots of little random things. I love to find out as much as I can about the world, whether if that's by talking to people, reading, or going places. I think it's exciting. I'm a big fan of Planet Money, the podcast, and I love learning all the fun things it tells me about economics, both macro and micro. I know that probably sounds boring, but it's really not. I'm good at picking up language somewhat quickly. I studied French for 4 years in High School and can barely speak a word. I speak Spanish fairly well, and that was just from talking with Spanish speakers. I'm good at listening to people and really hearing what they're saying.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, intelligent, and depending on the person, I can either be a little reserved at first, or really outgoing immediately.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Tai-Pan by James Clavell
My favorite of all time. It's set in the Opium Wars and is centered around the head of a great "trading" house. It's full of adventure and thought and history, and above all, characters. In the first 40 pages Clavell introduces and develops like 20 characters. It's amazing.

Youngblood Hawke by Hermann Wouk
My second favorite. It's about the life of an author who starts out with great dreams and ambitions and has the talent to back them up, but makes bad life choice after bad life choice in ways that are so very human. It's full of love and yearning and anger and frustration, and sadness and exhaustion. Great book.

The Winds of War/War and Remembrance by Hermann Wouk
These 2 books follow a family who has been split up around the world by the onset of World War II, and all their adventures, troubles and triumphs. The story of the war is told through the personal experiences of the family members. A very good basic history of the war with a really well done story and superb characters.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
No one can turn a phrase like Neal Stephenson. This is set in a future USA where the world's governments have been replaced by franchised quasi-national suburbs. It's kind of Net-punk from the 90s, but also has a lot of stuff from the 90's. Favorite line from it: "Junkies whose brains had long since melted away in the radiant heat of their own imaginings."

More others than you could shake a stick at.

Currently reading: Just finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Rereading A Song of Ice and Fire series so that I'm not completely out of touch when I get to the newest book.

Gotta love Audrie Hepburn and Cary Grant.

Vanilla Sky
I love the cool funky weirdness of this as well as the intensely passionate sparks between Cruz and Cruise.

Death to Smoochy
One of the funniest movies ever. Ed Norton rocks, and the whole idea of the seedy underbelly of Children's TV is hilarious.

Star Wars, any of the episodes 4-6
A couple others I don't want to mention for fear of appearing un-masculine

Mostly anything with meat and/or cheese
I also like salads made with spinach or baby greens, but I hate lettuce.
I like Sushi, but hate cooked fish. Clam Chowder is OK.

How I Met Your Mother
The six things I could never do without
My Family
The Beach (though it's not much to look at around Houston)
My Computer
My Comfy Comfy Bed
Caffeine (I've been told I need to try to quit, but oh well)
Days off
I spend a lot of time thinking about

Isn't this what everyone thinks about?
On a typical Friday night I am
I'll usually head to one of my favorite bars/restaurants and see if I meet interesting people to have conversations with. Sometimes I'll sucker a co worker into coming with me, but I'm still trying to make friends in Houston.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think you'll have to ask me questions to get me to tell you.
You should message me if
You are outgoing, and love to laugh and smile and live life. You like to do things outdoors. You aren't allergic to cats. You have an interesting sense of humor, and you aren't afraid to try it out on new people.