I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for well over a decade - through two bubbles, and their subsequent bursting. I am not in the one-percent, nor do I want to occupy Wall Street. Politically I am somewhat middle-of-the-road, but with a very strong belief in individual rights. I favor PowerPoint over Word and communicate ably in bullet points. That's a lot of I, I, I's.
Speaking of bullet points, the extended short list is:
1. Reasonably tall, witty, educated professional.
2. Well traveled - Asia, Europe, Africa. I try and travel light, so not a lot of baggage
3. Enjoy wine and scotch. flirting with bourbon
4. Enjoy cooking and hosting friends at home
5. Had some real skills in racquetball and squash in my youth, but don't play either anymore. Poor at golf and tennis, but want to pursue the latter a bit more
1. Midnight's Children (I re-read so many lines because they were so damn clever)
2. Cuckold (unusually irreverent for an Indian author)
3. A Suitable Boy (finishing it was like saying goodbye to an old friend)
Honorable mentions (in no particular order)
1. Family Matters (so very poignant)
2. English August (a boy's book. Irreverent, but needed a better editor)
3. Red Earth and Pouring Rain (a great first half, and then peters out somewhat).
Favorite movie: The Matrix (really clever. That Keanu Reeves is a pretty good actor if he does not have to talk much)
Favorite music (ians); Classic Rock generally – The Rolling Stones, Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler, The Beatles
Shows: The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife (embarrassing, I know); Scrubs (past tense), Star Trek, The Next generation (Jon-Luc Picard, quite possibly the cleverest man on TV, ever), Justified, Game of Thrones (kind of). But, binge watching fears currently making me avoid taking the plunge to new shows
Favorite foods: pretty eclectic with ebbs and flows. Generally like French, Californian, Ethiopian, Korean, Malaysian. Indian currently making a comeback to preferred palette status. Starting to barbeque more. Pasta-maker, however, sits idle. A nice, medium rare filet mignon with a glass or two of red is very welcome
1. Iced latte (preferably Blue Bottle)
2. The Economist
3. The reverse commute
5. Some warm weather. Please!!