I'm pretty easy going and connect with people easily. Here is a random list of things I like to do:
- Traveling, weekend road trips
- Listening (I'm a great listener and I'm always fascinated by how the same set of facts can be interpreted in an entirely different way by different people)
For example: President John Adams went fishing with his son one day.
His son: "Went fishing with my father—the most wonderful day of my life."
John Adams: "Went fishing with my son today—a day wasted."
- Conversations, debating ideas, sharing random tidbits of information about all sorts of things.
- Doing creative things. This could involve anything from fixing stuff around the house to writing computer programs. I just find creative work very satisfying.
My friends tell me I have a great sense of humor. I'm not the one cracking jokes all the time, but I'm pretty good at extracting humor out of everyday situations.
I believe in trying everything at least once. Many of the activities I now love are ones I never would have thought I'll enjoy or be good at. For example, kite boarding (the most fun water/wind sport ever!), and ballroom dancing. I also dabble in some sailing and kayaking.
I'm very interested in world history and international affairs (avid post reader and NPR junkie). I travel a lot for work and love to read up about the history of the places I visit. I guess that qualifies me as a nerd, but I don't mind :-). I've many interesting stories about the places I've visited. For example, did you know that most of the cars in South Korea are some shade of gray (usually black or white)? For some reason, people don't like to buy
cars of other colours. I've been told this is because they don't hold up resale value well.
My work also requires a lot of traveling- usually to interesting places. Last year I traveled to: Russia, Argentina, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia and India. All the travel is fun, though it is hard to coordinate the travel schedule with classes and such.
Update: Finished my MBA in May, and there is a lot more free time now! Still traveling quite a bit, but lot easier to manage now that there is no homework and classes to worry about.
listening, cooking, tennis, partner dancing (salsa/ballroom/tango etc), using power tools.
Books: The World is Flat by Thomas Freedman, Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Agatha Christie novels (I think I've read all of them), "The Quest" by Daniel Yergin (great book about the history of various sources of energy- fossil fuels, renewables etc. Related trivia question: Do you know who Samuel Insull was? If not, wiki the name. Very interesting story!).
Last year I read "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William Shirer. An amazing account of the rise of Hitler and the events leading up to WW2.
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (who is an amazing writer, even though I'm just reading the English translation of the original in Russian)
Currently reading "Lenin's Tomb" by David Remnick. Amazing inside account of the last years of the USSR. Also finished reading "Breakout Nations" an excellent book on emerging markets by Ruchir Sharma.
Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Matrix, Terminator, Inception etc. In general, I like movies that make you think.
Show: I don't really watch too much TV, an episode or two of Seinfeld/Friends/Office every now and then.
Music: classic rock- Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Scorpions etc. Early 90's rap. Also love listening to classical music (Gershwin and Khachaturian are some of my favorites), Argentine Tango music and some other types of music that's hard to classify.
Food: Anything tasty. I love trying new things and with all the travel lately, I have been trying a LOT of new things! Soju anybody? :-)
Also, if we hit it off, what is our "how did you meet?" story going to be? "OkC" OR "we both happened to be in Vienna during the ball season.. you were wearing a lovely red dress which caught my eye. I asked you to dance and rest is history.." :-)
Update: taking Tango classes these days, so also been going to some Tango milongas.
"You are irrational and you go on and on" :-)
If you get the joke, you should definitely message me :-)