ced1106
50Palo Alto, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an early-retiree from Silicon Valley, and am starting on my way towards self-employment. Nothing terribly sexy, just bookkeeping for a local business. I'm also a few months into a low carb diet, and am finding it very interesting the issues people have with food, as well as the biology and chemistry behind it.

Right now, I'm at the local YMCA, taking water exercise classes four days a week. I enjoy walking with the dog, the outdoors, geeky boardgames and culture. I also enjoy ordered chaos, and used to think deeply until I came along to the internet. As a Silicon Valley Techie, I have the standard lackadaisical clothing starter set, but am easily subject to customization and, yes, don't care if you don't wear a skirt. I graduated from Stanford, but that's only important if your parents are Asian. I'm childfree and love dogs (that's probably important, too).

My dog, Pipo, and I regularly walk during the week, but I'm still looking for a two-legged exercise partner for walks. I also know that dieting requires support, and I'll will be happy to cheer you on if you need it.

Oh, and we can do that normal "dating" stuff, too, if you're up for it. (: If you're not sure what to say to me, tell me about an unusual date you enjoyed, or what's worked -- or hasn't worked -- with yourself and food or dieting. (Better yet, let me know if you're self-employed because I have questions!!!)
What I’m doing with my life
I started a "low carb" diet back in April 2017 and am doing quite well staying with it, losing about 1-2 pounds a week. Do a search on "simple carbohydrates hunger hormones" and you'll find out that sugar, bread, etc. cause you to become *more* hungry, meaning that you will lose weight without having to go on a punishing diet, or feel guilty about what you're eating. I'm also following a 1800-calorie EatingWell.com meal plan (minus the simple carbohydrate side dishes and desserts) with SuperCook.com, a reverse search recipe engine to find healthy recipes for my leftover healthy ingredients. Since I enjoy cooking more than I'd like to admit (: and have time for it since I'm early-retired, this meal plan works for me. If you're trying to lose weight yourself, by all means drop me a line and I'll be happy to share my experiences. (If you're too busy to cook, search on "meal prep" and "intermittent fasting".)

I'm also now starting my own self-employment business for bookkeeping and personal computer work I do for my family's business. Not very exciting, but someone's got to do it!
I’m really good at
Listening. I enjoy hearing what people have to talk about. What interests you interests me. Well... so long as it doesn't involve an agenda or anything snobby. I'm more of an lowbrow intellectual interdisclipinarian sort. So while I've taken a seminar course on artificial intelligence, my paper was about its failure in business applications.
The first things people usually notice about me
Well, I hope it's not my baggy pants! I've lost two inches around the waist, but haven't gotten around to buying new clothes. Uh... Anyone up for some shopping? :D
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Sandman and Don't Panic by Neil Gaiman, Robert Anton Wilson, The Preacher by Garth Ennis, and manga, including Mermaid's Scar and Maisson Ikkoku by Rumiko Takashashi, and Yotsuba& by Kiyohiko Azuma. I also enjoy collaborative creative writing, and write almost every day.

As for movies, Marx Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Donnie Darko, Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, 12 Monkeys, Brazil by Terry Gilliam, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Finding Nemo, Shrek, Monsters Inc., Toy Story and The Incredibles by Pixar, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Baron: The Cat Returns by Miyazaki, Mulholland Drive, American Beauty, From Dusk Til Dawn and Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino, Hackers, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Spider-Man by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell, Mel Brooks movies, Shaun of the Dead, Hero, Kung Fu Hustle, and Versus.

As for television, I don't watch much of it. But I picked up the House, Monk, South Park, and Monty Python DVD sets. I also enjoy South Park, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, other British comedies, Red Green Show, Doctor Who, The Prisoner, various anime, and Adult Swim shows like Sealab 2021, Robot Chicken, Harvey Birdman, and Futurama. And on the radio, The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. For better or worse, I've been watching anime, probably because it doesn't have a laugh track. I don't usually watch cooking shows, but am a fan of Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, probably because it combines business with food.

I love to explore music. Unfortunately, commuting to corporate rock hardly helps, but I've found a love for live and instrumental music, such as classical, jazz and solo instruments.

I'm also something of a foodie. Japanese food: Sushi, particularly eel maki and crab, Teriyaki, andUdon. Italian food: Pasta and Pizza.Mexican food, including Chicken mole, Fajitas. Hot and spicy food, including curry and other Indian food and chili without beans. Thai food. Trader Joe's food. Learning how to cook for myself and others is on my to do list. I love going to the deli, picking things out, and having a nice picnic by the lake at Foothill Park.
Six things I could never do without
* My dog.
* My family.
* Sprouts in Mountain View (with good parking)
* The stupid computer
* EatingWell.com meal plans!
* SuperCook.com
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Food! Er... meal planning! (: When my doc said I could either lose weight or take meds, I decided to finally take control of my diet and eating habits (and, yes, early retirement helped). Meal planning takes a fair amount of work. I'm searching for 4-week meal plans within my dietary needs (thankfully, most simple carbs are side dishes and desserts, so they can be easily removed from a meal plan), pleasure of eating (a diet is the way you will eat for the rest of your life, not just something you do for a few weeks or month), and not having to throw out leftover ingredients in the refrigerator. I think it's great that, thanks to the internet, there are so many creative and easy recipes that are still healthy. If you're not familiar with meal planning (or just want some to cook for you!) I'll be happy to share links and other information I've found.
On a typical Friday night I am
Planning the grocery list for the weekend through Wednesday! I shop three times a week to get fresh vegetables and fruits, but also because meal plans always change. If you want to talk about meal plans and can help me select fresh produce, I'm up for that, too!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've added two weekly classes of aqua zumba to my gym schedule. Both I and my instructor are confident in our masculinity. :D
You should message me if
You want someone special to be with you. Someone who will understand you without a word. Someone you can touch and hold and cuddle as long as you want and need.

Then, after you're done doing that with my dog, we can go hit the Farmer's Market on Sunday! :P
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