At a social gathering, I'd rather chat with the person perusing the bookshelf than listen to the life of the party tell yet another joke. My closest friends tend to be offbeat, nerdy, or eccentric. They're almost always more interesting than the guy who's tap dancing for attention.
Though I'm not terribly athletic, I try to go to the gym at least three times a week, and I try to eat right. I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to work, so I do that when I can. I also enjoy hiking, especially near water.
After editing bad prose all day, I like to cleanse my mental palate with music or a good book. I have eclectic taste in both, and my apartment is stuffed with books and CDs. I even have some vinyl tucked away in a closet. I'm also a film nerd, and I like to search out odd overlooked gems for my Netflix queue.
I love to travel, too. I've been to Japan, Korea (twice), Thailand, Ukraine, Chile, and Argentina. One day I hope travel to Cambodia (Angkor Wat) and Tibet. I have a good friend from Peru who has promised to show me Machu Picchu someday and treat me to a frog smoothie.
I enjoy being immersed in another culture and having to make my own way using nothing but my wits and a Lonely Planet guide. So far, getting lost has been more exhilarating than dangerous. I love to swap travel stories, keeping in mind that just going to the grocery store can be an adventure if you're in the right frame of mind.
I'm looking for a woman with a vivid imagination, a smidgen of intellectual curiosity, and a capacious spirit who reads a book once in a while and doesn't mind subtitles. Of course, warmth and a sense of humor trump everything. A little nerdy doesn't hurt, either.
I've been told that I'm kind, funny, smart, and "sweet." I've never quite known what to do with "sweet." If men were peppers, I guess I'd be a bell pepper rather than a jalapeno. But I'd like to think I'm a bell pepper with potential.
In music, I like almost anything that's well done--jazz, classical, offbeat rock, and experimental stuff that no one has ever heard of (and hardly anyone else listens to, alas). Right now, I'm listening to an Australian neo-psych band called The Dolly Rocker Movement, but later I might be listening to Beethoven's string quartets or Brian Eno's Music for Films.
I love movies, the more offbeat the better, and I especially enjoy foreign films because they give me a glimpse into another culture. My favorite recent movie is "The Act of Killing," which may be the best documentary I've ever seen. My guilty pleasure is Asian horror films. On rainy weekends, I love to curl up and watch old movies.
Food? Though I'm trying to eat a healthy diet these days, lots of fresh veggies and fish, I love a greasy Five Guys burger and fries once in a while, and I adore noodles, especially udon. And pasta--if you can make pesto, I'll love you forever.
I also like to try food from other countries. One of the best aspects of traveling is trying the local cuisine. Though I've been to fancy restaurants in places I've visited, I prefer eating at little mom and pop cafes or sampling street food. Seoul has great street food, and I loved the "happy fresh sandwiches" in the Tokyo convenience stores. I think sharing a meal is the best way to get to know people and their culture. Sometimes you have to be brave--I ate stir-fried fish bladder in Thailand--but I rarely regret it. I'm also down with the frog smoothie if I ever get to Peru.