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My self-summary
-Former army guy with an MBA, motivated probably to a fault :) , and constantly feeling the travel bug
-My daily reads are a reflection of my personality and interests: ESPN and Bleacher Report, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, but also IGN, GigaOm and TechCrunch to feed my inner closet nerd :)
-California boy at heart, but definitely happy to have lived in New York (college), Japan (Army), and London (grad school). I’m new and still discovering Seattle! What am I missing so far?
What I’m doing with my life
Current life: I just moved here from Europe and I’m super excited to be in Seattle, but I could definitely use a good tour guide!

Career aspirations: well, since my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut was snuffed out by reality (damn those super amazing people and my infatuation with having fun instead of studying sciences), I'm now working at Microsoft in a surprisingly fun and not nerdy area - I swear! :) I live and spend my time in Seattle proper because I’m a city guy, but I have strong affinities for great views, foliage and the water.

This is really cheesy, but I can relate heavily to the movie “The Family Man;” IMDB link: I enjoy my job for now, but I’m yearning for something that 1.) does something for the greater good and 2.) gives me more time to spend on the MMA mat. And deep down inside I want to be a US Senator, but these are #FirstWorldProblems, and so my cushy tech gig will have to do for now :)
I’m really good at
I'm an awesome (drunk) dancer. I'm starting to take salsa lessons...but dancing sober isn't working out so well hah.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably that when I meet you, I do the two kiss thing. It’s a holdover from European life that’s really fun =p
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Enders Game. I also end up reading a lot of pop science. I loved Fabric of the Cosmos, and I’ve been meaning to read Blink – even though I basically live “Blink.” But honestly, I haven’t had the time to read lately!

Movies: Top Gun, Armageddon, and SpiderMan2… so clearly I have a total hero complex, haha. That’s probably why I joined the military! Otherwise, I gravitate towards action and comedy. An action-comedy (like 21 Jump Street) is basically a guaranteed good time!

Music: I’m not that musically savvy. Yes, even though I hate silence - I always have something playing in the background. A quick peek at my iTunes purchase history shows some Calvin Harris, Kanye, Drake, Timberlake, EDM and Bruno Mars – basically AT40.

Food: When I’m alone, I eat boring food (food is fuel = lean proteins and vegetables) so I can basically eat whatever when I’m out with friends. Drinks! I like a good beer on draft; vodka tonic (with Belvedere) if we’re doing mixed drinks, and martinis for special occasions. And if you order wine I probably will too – ladies first, of course.
Six things I could never do without
-Gym clothes! Working out mostly still feels like “work” even though I enjoy the benefits it brings. But on the rare occasions that I get on the mat, MMA is actually fun.
-Inspirational quotes. My iPhone case sports a giant “DO EPIC SHIT” sticker, and I have a “Wake Up, Kick Ass, Repeat” poster on my office door.
-I’ll think of four more things to tell you on our first date.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future - I mean, don’t we all? I foresee being a totally dedicated family man someday, but that’s so removed from the life experiences I’ve had to date: running all over the globe, saving the world :), and serving in the military.
On a typical Friday night I am
I like to have at least 1 weekend day/evening every two weeks to just relax, but other than that, I’m out in the city having a drink or maybe dancing with friends (who are mostly all other people new to Microsoft, so I seriously need to expand that circle haha). Staying in and watching a movie with someone is also really fun and high on my list.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Is that I will totally notice if you wear the same earrings two dates in a row, or if you’re wearing colored contacts, or any number of weird little details; I will ALWAYS notice if you get a haircut or are wearing something new. I’m just really good at noticing (and like to notice) small details, you know?
You should message me if
-You’ve got some ideas about what I need to see and do in the city!
-You’re passionate about…anything lol… or constantly get called “driven,” when in your head you’re just like “What are you talking about? Isn’t this just what people do?” I can relate. ;)
-You want a date where you’ll 100% have a good time and laugh out loud
The two of us