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My self-summary
DISCLAIMER: Sorry fellas, I'm dating _blacksummer_ and am not on the market. I'm keeping my profile up so I can help some friends with theirs.

I am an extrovert by nature and I love being around engaging, adventurous, and intellectually stimulating people.

I’m cultured and informed, observant and inquisitive (let’s throw in ‘articulate’ for good measure). To keep my interest, challenge me. Intellectuals are sexy.

I love a well-balanced cheese plate. And food paired with the appropriate libation.

I write poems about foods I love.

I think I’m the right balance of out-doorsy (I love camping), cosmopolitan (I lived in New York, Austin, TX, and adore SF), and domestic (I use my Le Creuset nearly every day).

I have a keen talent of finding treasures in unlikely places. Most of my very stylish wardrobe originates from thrift stores (even before 'poppin' tags became a thing).

I run for exercise, for the runner's high and mental clarity, and for the overall feeling of being a bad-ass.

I try to compliment someone every day.
My neighbor's cat adopted me. He got mad at me for taking her to the vet to have her leg stitched up. Asshole.
I smile at everything on four legs.
What I’m doing with my life
Non-profit/philanthropy. Primarily, I am a fundraiser/grantwriter/capacity builder/strategic thinker.
I’m really good at
Making conversation. I can talk to just about anyone about something that is important to them and I value a good discussion or debate whether or not we agree on the issue.

Leaving apple cores in my car?!?!

I'm good at hula-hooping, running 5-6 miles at a time, yoga arm balances, wearing high heels, laughing out loud and often.

I'm the person who starts singing happy birthday in a crowded restaurant and embarrassing the birthday boy/girl. (Sometimes its not even their birthday).

I'm an expert at knowing when fruit is perfectly ripe. In the same vein, I'm good at using all the produce in my CSA box. I consider it my weekly cooking challenge.
The first things people usually notice about me
My curly hair. My petite but powerful frame. My penchant for vintage/mid-century fashion (pencil skirts, wiggle dresses, rattan furniture, formica tables, etc.) My quick and sometimes biting wit.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books (Recents & Favorites): Beautiful Ruins, This is How You Lose Her, Middlesex, Freedom, The Corrections, The Marriage Plot, Love in the Time of Cholera, What the Dog Saw, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Revolutionary Road.
Literary/theatre/admirable figures: Pablo Neruda. Virginia Woolf, Richard Yates, O'neil, Tennessee Williams, Sondheim, Caryl Churchill,
Movies: Il Postino, The Big Lebowski (a given for anyone of my generation, I should hope), Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Synecdoche New York,
Being John Malcovich, Some Like it Hot, Scotland PA, Shakespeare in Love, Inglorious Basterds, 7up doc series, The Labrynth
TV: Mad Men (!!!!), Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Deadwood, Downton Abbey, Modern Family, SNL, The Daily Show, Seinfeld
Podcasts: wait wait don't tell me, RadioLab, TAL, Living on Earth, To the Best of our knowledge, Bullseye, all Things Considered, Savage Lovecast, How to do everything, The Dinner Party, The Moth, Selected Shorts, The Splendid Table.
Food: Avocados, Coconuts, CSA Produce, carnitas tacos, Greek yogurt, apples & Dubliner cheddar, dragon rolls, curry, tempura, homemade earl grey ice cream.
Drinks: Old Fashions, Titos Vodka (dirty martinis, French martinis, vodka/tonics), red wine (cab blends, Tuscan and Spanish reds), Bullet Bourbon. I like the charm a $2 beer of a dive bar just as much as an artisinal-crafted cocktail poured by a hipster in suspenders.
Six things I could never do without
Reusable shopping bags
A yoga mat and running shoes
Long dinners
The written word
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Puppies and kitties.
What my next physical or mental challenge will be: (Half-marathon? Check. Reading all of the 20th century Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction? Working on it)
How I will ever afford to own property in the Bay Area.
The earworm rhyme scheme of most Hall & Oates songs:

(Because your kiss)
Your kiss is on my list
(Because your kiss)
Your kiss is on my list
(Your kiss is on my list)
Of the best things in life

(Because your kiss)
Your kiss is on my list
(Because your kiss)
Your kiss I can't resist
(Because your kiss is what I miss)
When I turn off the light
On a typical Friday night I am
In or out. Usually out. Sometimes in.

I always have tickets to shows.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I grind my teeth at night so I have to wear a super sexy mouth guard when I sleep.

I have at tattoo that most of you will never see.
You should message me if
You can think of something clever to say.
You put in at least as much effort as I did.
You don't start your message with "You probably get this a lot...."
You help out (your mom, your grandma, your neighbor, etc.).
If you suddenly won the lottery, you already know what charities would benefit from your new found wealth.

I'm turning 30 in August, what should I put on my twenties-bucket list? (I've already jumped out of a perfectly good airplane).

P.S. Most of you guys are getting the 'Wherefore art thou' question wrong.

P.P.S. If we go out on a date, I don't expect you to pay for me and would prefer to split the bill.
The two of us