48 Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
I do my best to live in the moment and laugh all the time. I value diversity and find different views keep life interesting. I enjoy wearing a tux and the places one is worn, but also love more colorful events, such as Burning Man and the Sundance Film Festival.

I've had an eclectic career, including importing a ton (literally) of Nepalese handicraft from Kathmandu, a few years working for Hollywood studios, managing a hedge fund, and professing in several MBA programs.

While I've almost always enjoyed my work, I'm now a mostly recovered workaholic, and have more fun than ever before.

My interests include live music, skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, tennis, and most any other sport. I love to travel and have visited much of Asia and Europe, and bits of Africa, both Saharan and Sub-Saharan. Took a bit of a break, but got my travel bug back recently with some fantastic trips, including to Colombia and Slovenia. I'm eager to see more.

I have two fantastic kids who live with their mother. I am lucky to have plenty of time to spend with them, coaching soccer etc, and still have plenty of time to be social otherwise.
What I’m doing with my life
All kinds of things. Parlayed my MBA into a film finance gig in LA. Meantime, played guitar and sang in a band. Lost my voice. Performed in an Improv Group. Loved it. Joined a theater group. Couldn't stand stirring the necessary emotions (anger, despondence, etc. - see Ben Stiller, who had the same reaction after Permanent Midnight and other depressing fare, and has thus returned to comedy). Quit the studios to start an investment management company, which then led to my being a professor in an MBA program. Now in the start-up world which brings a whole new set of stimulating challenges. It's been a fun ride!
I’m really good at
...learning, teaching, listening, talking, laughing, writing, and thinking logically and/or creatively, as appropriate.

...and a variety of sports.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm sure it depends on the person and context, but hope it is that I'm friendly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Usually non-fiction that gives some insight to humanity and imbues some knowledge I can use, such as Sway, Freakanomics and Tipping Point. Narratives I've enjoyed include Life of Pi, Siddhartha and, most recently, a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which is not fiction, but reads like it. Absolutely fantastic book entirely deserving of it's audacious title.

Food: I prefer foods that are healthy, spicy and have lots of vegetables and protein. This often leads me to Asian cuisine - sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian... I like most anything else fresh and usually try to be somewhat healthy.

Film: I like quirky, with great dialogue and unusual characters, such as those by Mamet (Spanish Prisoner & Heist) Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom), Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Coen Brothers (Barton Fink, Hudsucker Proxy). Other greats are Pi, Memento, The Jerk, Kill Bill 1&2, Hellboy, Reservoir Dogs, Secretary, American Beauty, Bubba Ho-tep, Darkman, Blade Runner. If I'm watching TV, which is rare, it's usually comedy, like Colbert and the Daily Show.

Music: I like most genres, from classic rock to techno. Massive Attack, Air, bauhaus, cake, beck, ben folds, cibo matto, Eagles of death metal, The hives, White stripes, T. Rex, MIA, Luscious Jackson, Nouvelle Vague,My Morning Jacket, Portishead, Sea and the cake, Regina Spektor, Sean Lennon, Portishead, Toots & the Maytals, Built to Spill, White Stripes, The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Dizzy Gillespie, Suzanne Vega, Beastie Boys (not all of it, but Check Your Head is a masterpiece), Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith - sad he's gone, Fat Boy Slim, Sleater Kinney, Beatles, Lucinda Williams, Throwing Muses, early Pretenders, Liz Phair, The Police, Toots & the Maytals, PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams, Nick Drake, Yo La Tengo, Velvet Underground, Ben Harper, Nikki Costa, Wilco, The Libertines, Happy Mondays, Eileen Rose (few know her; everyone should) and Led Zeppelin

Some songs I like:
The six things I could never do without
1. friends and family 2. sunshine, ocean and other natural wonders 3. sports - playing not watching (I enjoy watching, but it wouldn't make this list of imperatives) 4. music 5. books 6. transport systems: cars, airplanes and other.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Enjoying the six things I could never do without.
On a typical Friday night I am
on my way to Tahoe, or Carmel, or wine country, or eating, or drinking, or other gerund.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
that I'm here.
You should message me if
you think you'd like me and I'd like you and we'd have fun.