I've been working for the NIH for the past 10 years in their Technology Transfer Office and love interfacing with some of the cutting edge minds in biotech and health science. I really feel quite lucky having grown up in the area and having the NIH in my backyard. What an amazing place full of amazing people.
To decompress, if there's no wind to kitesurf, I'll either go for a run or do some other water sport (surf, SUP, kayak). Truth be told, I am happiest when in and around the ocean.
I'm a good cook. Despite the amazing restaurant choices we get spoiled with near Logan Circle and on 14th street I'll stay in some nights. Grilling is a particular specialty; surely there's no holier triumvirate than man, fire and meat. I also like to cook anything spicy especially if mediterranean.
I come from a close Jewish family of Eastern European and Sephardi decent. My parents are close to me and live not too far away. We consider ourselves intellectually and culturally Jewish rather than religious. That said I consider myself a very pro-Israel Jewish atheist.
Making a meal out of nothing.
Finding good deals on travel
Finding good deals on electronics
growing parsley, sage, rosemary (ok that one isn't rocket science) and thyme.
Apparently, I've been told that I'm really good at vacuuming. Who knew?
Making people laugh...at/near me.
Pretending I work for the Mumbai based call center for Spirit Airlines.
I'm a JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis fan. Its accurate to say that Tolkien was responsible for the formative years of my literary life.
I like theater and usually lean toward the classics (Shakespeare, Marlow, Moliere, etc…)
Music: thievery corporation, led zeppelin, basically classic guitar rock, the Police, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, basically a lot of classic rock, Mozart, Handel, Sarah Jarosz, Haydn, Iron Maiden, Federico Aubele, Coldplay.
water (to drink and to play in)
Keeping my house plant, which is ostensibly a cactus, happy.
and I've been known to eat Nutella with a spoon.
If you stay in shape and like keeping healthy.
If you are not averse to getting dirty and muddy once in a while.
If you know kung fu.
If smelly cheese is a secret guilty pleasure of yours.
If you think creationism or "intelligent design" should be taught in schools please DO NOT MESSAGE ME, its not likely we'd get along.