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My self-summary
I am a former Peace Corps Volunteer, high school teacher, and L.A. transplant.
I'm not on Facebook so I can't use Tinder. Darn.

I have been to 35 countries including Cuba and the Galapagos (ok, not a country) (My love for Kurt Vonnegut brought me there)

I genuinely give a shit about people

I don't feel the need to write my life's story online (that's what getting to know someone is for) , but I would be remiss if I didn't give some basics.
So...if anything in here sounds good to you, please feel free to send me a vague message that leaves me confused as to your level of interest.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching AP US History at a High School in the Bay Area and really happy with my station in life. I suppose there is a never ending quest to improve my teaching ability, however I don't obsess about it. Coaching with my friend on his kid's little league team. Trying to find the perfect croissant. (You'd be surprised how difficult that is)
I’m really good at
Making mix tapes. Spotting people who look like famous people. Pub Trivia. Coming up with fantastic Halloween costumes. Criticizing various aspects of pop culture without sounding snobby.
The first things people usually notice about me
Would saying my eyes be too cliche?

I also give my Muni seat to old people and pregnant ladies....AND I don't mind when elderly Chinese women push me out of the way to get on the train first. I actually find it endearing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too many to name them all. I am currently enjoying "The Rich and the Rest of Us" by Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. Here are some of my favorite books/authors: Anything Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Cornell West, Howard Zinn, Toni Morrison, Ayn Rand (Don't worry, I'm not drinking the Kool Aid on that one), Chuck Klosterman, Christopher Moore, Malcolm Gladwell, D.H. Lawrence, Marquez (Love in the Time of Cholera) Salmon Rushdie, David Sedaris, Nick Hornby
T.V. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mad Men, The Wire, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Veep is hilarious, zombie stuff
Music: Miles Davis, Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Ella of course, The Beatles, The Clash, The Smiths, Massive Attack, Blur, Oasis, Dylan, Belle & Sebastian, Joy Division (I have a problem buying first pressing Joy Division albums. I need help) Stone Roses, any Brit Pop really, ELO, Tom Waits, LCD Soundsystem, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Big Star, Sam Cooke, Ray LaMontagne, Elvis Costello, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Yacht Rock, U2, Stereolab, Harry Nilsson is a god damn genius, PUSSY RIOT, ok enough....
Movies: Classics, Classics, Film Noir, John Hughes, if you see a Star Wars poster in my house and you think I'm a dork, it's my roommate's (ok so I don't have a roommate) I don't have enough space for this category.........Find out when we meet.
Six things I could never do without
(Family and friends of course, but that is true of about 99% of the population so my list will hopefully give you a little more insight into what makes me tick)
1. passport
2. my music
3. reading
4. painting (art, not house painting, I HATE doing that)
5. exercise.. surfing, bikes, gym, etc
6. NPR/PBS (I swear I am not a snob)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Social justice.

Global warming. We need to collectively wake up! I can't believe how many of my fellow countrymen don't take this seriously.

The accelerated rate of developing technology and society's inability to deal with it. (or even acknowledge that it may be a problem) Our collective diminishing attention span is alarming. If you have read this far you are clearly not one of these people.

On a lighter note: How is it that the food is fantastic here in SF, BUT I can't seem to find Mexican food as good as in L.A. or San Diego?

For some reason it bothers me when people say "I could care less." It's "couldn't."
Also, vocal fry. What's the deal with this? Look it up. You will understand.

Finally. A question to you. If you were in a movie and your character fell in love, what would be the "we are spending time together and falling for each other" montage theme music?
On a typical Friday night I am
Listening to Natalie Imbruglia on a loop."Illusion never changed into something real."
Amen Natalie. Amen.

Meeting friends at a dive bar for a couple of drinks whilst avoiding hipsters (try to guess in which neighborhood that would be)
OR if I am tired, watching Bill Maher.

Trying to fix things in my house. I don't miss renting, but a home is a demanding mistress.

Lately I have been listening to Carole King's Tapestry. What an amazing record!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Despite the fact that it is 2017, I still listen to UB40.

Also my alarm is set to "I Got You Babe" so every weekday I get up like I'm Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Really.
You should message me if
You enjoy the musical stylings of Loggins and Messina

You want to go see live music. (In any form)
You want to go to museums with me
You want a surf buddy
You have a dog
You also genuinely give a shit about people

You are French or Middle Eastern. Or both. (That is not to say you shouldn't message me if you are not)
You might want to find someone with whom you can spend some quality time. No FOMOs* please. I know that the Internet provides seemingly limitless suiters, however that way of thinking is a slippery slope....

Also, please...NO SMOKERS (sorry. I am very easy going but I just can't get past that)

*FOMO stands for fear of missing out. People that date all the time but get bored with others quickly because they always think they are missing something better. It's kinda like ADD dating. Online dating sometimes encourages this behavior.

** Amendment: To all the under 25 ladies. I appreciate the interest. You are probably awesome, but I'm in a different place and so should you be:)
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