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My self-summary
Traveling, dancing, climbing, hiking - or just chilling on the sofa with good company. I've been lucky enough to have many opportunities to travel to interesting places. I've been on every continent except for two, over 150 cities all over the world. I love partner dancing, rock climbing, and staying active. I love wandering around a new city, soaking up the sights, sounds, and the culture. I love curling up on the sofa with a great new book.

It’s difficult to fully express who I am in a short essay, so instead her are assorted memories from my life. In no particular order:

Encountering a pair of grizzly bears while wading through an Alaskan river, and getting scared to within an inch of my life!

Spending a week at a swing-dance event in Iceland. It was a traveling event that started in Rejkjavik and ended up in Ólafsfjörður, a gorgeous village on a fjord (Google it!).

At 15, spending half a year in a small mountaintop crusader city in northern Israel. Aside from beautiful views and hikes, this city was also one of the country’s centers for art and for klezmer music.

My first time falling while lead climbing. The fall happened so fast that I don’t remember falling - I was suddenly ten feet lower and swinging from my rope. Seriously scary, and the worst was having to get back on the rock and try climbing it again!

Participating in a second-line funeral parade through Central Park.

Hiking in Tierre del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America. Tierre del Fuego is only 600 miles north of Antartica, and contains some of the most amazing wild beauty I’ve seen outside of Alaska.

This is just a sampling of my memories, but I’d love to hear some of yours! What are the strongest memories from your life?
What I’m doing with my life
I work in computer technology, but love my job. I get to do interesting things, I get to travel, and most importantly I get to work with an amazing group of people. When not working you can find me swing dancing, bouldering, running, reading, or wandering around some foreign country (most recently Lithuania).

I don't live in SF, however I'm here so often (sometimes weekly) that I consider it a second home.
I’m really good at
Teaching abstract concepts
Reading and writing
Cooking delicious food
Baking cheesecake and sourdough bread
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I read about 50 books a year, and I’m not going to list my favorites here. I’d love to talk about them though!

Food: Anything I cook is always tasty. I love finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants with amazing food. I love sushi, but after being in Japan I’ve become snobby about it. Good scotch, rye, rum, beer, wine, and delicious cocktails.

Music: My tastes run far and wide. I love Jazz from early New Orleans and Chicago trad jazz to the swing era to Mingus. Lots of 20th century pop and rock bands from the 50s on, depending on my mood. Classical music, klezmer, Balkan folk music, African drumming - the list goes on.

Not part of the category, but I really miss thunderstorms. I grew up with incredible thunderstorms that made you huddle inside afraid to go outside for fear of being washed away. I miss the rain streaking down at an angle, the lightening, and the steady sound of the raindrops punctuated by thunder. There’s nothing like the smell of the air after a good storm.

Favorite quote: Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Instead of admitting something private but superficial, I'll tell about one my toughest days. This was the last time I flew to Texas to see my Grandmother. My Grandmother who was one of the brightest, sharpest, non-nonsense people I've ever met. My Grandmother who was a city-wide Scrabble champion - she regularly beat me soundly. My Grandmother who surprised me at age 87 by discovering Facebook and adding me as a friend. My Grandmother who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She was still able to recognize me, but it was heartbreaking to see the changes in her personality and in her intellect. I spent a day with her, and it was one of the toughest, most heart-wrenching days I've ever spent.
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