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My self-summary
A dear friend said I should start this by telling you what I believe. I told her I don't like the word “believe”; I like what I can prove, empirically and logically, and what my intuitive sense can know.

But I think what she was getting at was to say something about what I find IMPORTANT, so let me begin with this:

-I value curiosity, gratitude, self-awareness and the humility to grow, in both myself and others.

-I admire the cleverness and courage to make things happen, though others are sometimes better at this than I (dammit!).

-I delight in good design and long for the world to be beautiful, and those who don't need this perplex me.

-I seek sensuality and integrity, and offer you the same.

Eddie Izzard makes me laugh out loud. Broody British bands make me want to get up and dance. Thunderstorms take me to my quiet place and speed bumps really irk me.

I’ve lived on three continents and know too much (but never enough!) about India, art, architecture, design and the Middle East. I am INTJ and almost-PhD. Though into health-and-fitness, I completely lose it over Reeses', which I'm quite certain contain crack. I aspire to ride horses and fly planes. It’s been said I'm a great listener and even better kisser, and that I easily engender people's trust. I think these assessments are correct.
What I’m doing with my life
Professionally, I'm re-gearing to more worldly (i.e. practical) application of my academic learning and skills, which will allow me to travel abroad frequently, or perhaps live there. Logistically, this will take some doing. It remains a work-in-progress.

In the meantime, I'm self-employed in Austin’s booming real estate market and learning Argentine tango. I’m also boning-up on my conversational French. I've maintained here that I'm about to start getting my hang-gliding and sky-diving certifications, or at least start working on a pilot's license. But so far none of those ambitions have gotten off the ground.
I’m really good at
I have a keen sense of pictorial composition and a savvy command of language.
The first things people usually notice about me
Most women notice my dimples. Some also notice my wit. Nearly everyone notices I have a keen sense of pictorial composition and a savvy command of language. Their reactions to this are varied.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: Milan Kundera is my favorite novelist, but Marguerite Yourcenar wrote my favorite novel.

Rushdie, Saramago, Bulgakov, Anne Carson and Others of the Ilk (as Rushdie might say). History, anthropology and geopolitics for non-fiction.

MOVIES: Both independent films and blockbusters. I've enjoyed the “reboots” of both the Bond and Star Trek franchises. I've also always loved The Thomas Crown Affair (both versions) and Solaris (the new one)--really, anything by Soderberg. Or Almodovar. And everything with costumes by Eiko Ishioka.

TV: Don Cheadle rocks it in House of Lies. Johnny Lee Miller plays a most unique Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch does it better. True Detective is really, really dark, but wow. Continuum is very complex. Or at least complicated. And Buffy is classic. Joss Whedon is a genius.

MUSIC: The Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Le Depeche Mode, Interpol, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Chad Valley, Zola Jesus, Arcade Fire, Keane, Great Big World, so much more ...

If You Wait by London Grammar is playing continuously in my car right now. It's ... I don't know, soothing. Especially in Austin traffic!

I'm also a huge fan of Sade, Mariza and Melody Gardot. I love Mozart and European polyphony, and Indian raga-s, too. And I'm newly into Latin music, though I don't know much about it yet.

FOOD: Mostly, I "eat clean", with occasional splurges on Reeses’.

And cheese.

Though never at the same time ...

Austin's become a brilliant food town in the last few years, which is right up my alley: Justine’s, Sway, Elizabeth Street, Enoteca, No Va, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires are affordable favorites. Uchi, Qui or Jeffrey's for special occasions.
Six things I could never do without
Cities, oceans, vivid metaphors, cool weather, quiet-time, trusted fiends, spell check, exquisite things, compelling narratives, something to analyze and exceeding arbitrary limitations (like the number six) ...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to stop over-thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
In, perhaps with some nice wine. Or out, somewhere quiet and low-lit (perhaps for some nice wine?). Possibly at a friend's place for dinner (and nice wine!), or hosting (you should bring the wine). Or just zenning out, sans wine. Or watching Bill Maher, sans ou avec the wine, although he's actually funny if avec.

The introvert in me seeks to avoid the weekend crowds, though my inner-extrovert finds them inexplicably intriguing ...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I see dead languages.
You should message me if
Audrey Hepburn put it simply:

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think that's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."

But bonus points if you, too, are a great kisser. ;)
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