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My self-summary
New Yorker born and raised transplanted to the West Coast... you can take the boy out of the city but you can't take the city out of the boy.
I've travelled heavily since leaving NYC at 19 - I lived over in SE Asia for 5+ years, travelled through South and Central America, spent about a year in Europe and have tramped through all 50 states... but these days I'm more about putting down roots and since the nineties I've more or less made SF my home.
I still try and take a month off every year to go places I've never been before though...
I like to think that I'm putting my Anthropology degree to work - but somehow I never get around to writing up any of my 'fieldwork' ;-)

nowadays I like to ride my motocycle, listen to jazz, dance to punk or funk, disco or ska, climb high places and things, drink good coffee, read the NYT, hang out with my friends, and eat good food.

Truth is, I'm a very WYSIWYG kind of guy. not much patience for pretense here, but I'm a many layered type (as I'm sure you are too) and if you want to get to know me better I suggest we chat.
What I’m doing with my life
I work a lot these days and I really enjoy what I do - but I also dig the fact that it lets me have some good chunks of free time to devote to my personal projects - like enjoying myself and trying to make the world less shitty.
I’m really good at
Paying attention to the person In front of me
Fixing things
Academic Philosophizing
The first things people usually notice about me
my schnoz, my eyes, my attitude.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In absolutely no particular order: Jorge Louis Borges, Hemingway, James Gleick, Bill Bryson, Tim Cahill, Hunter S, Turgenev, Nikolai Gogol, Cormac McCarthy, Patrick O'Brian... and almost anything about Ancient Rome.

The Royal Tenenbaums (and everything else by Wes Anderson), all the Coen brothers' movies - but most especially the earlier stuff - Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing and Raising Arizona, Breakfast at Tiffany's, To Have and Have Not, Casablanca... I kinda have a thing for sci-fi too: Blade Runner (Director's Cut ONLY), Alien and Aliens, Original Star Trek, Star Wars and Empire (but never for minute the abominations Lucas shat out 20 years later)

Be-Bop and Big Band Jazz, Punk and Post Punk, Mozart, Bach and Haydn... This list could go on and on - I have eclectic but very definite tastes in music...

Art Nouveau and Art Deco (and please know the difference) architecture stimulate my creative juices.
Gothic cathedrals blow my mind also.
Six things I could never do without
At one time or another in my life I've had to do without one or another or all of the things I thought I could never do without, so I guess the answer is: there is nothing I could NEVER do without.

But perhaps I'm over-thinking the question, so in the spirit of things - I PREFER to not do without: friends, family, coffee, books, music, and that's it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
cosmological questions, my cats behavior, emergent properties of complex systems, MMA, and My Next Big Idea.
On a typical Friday night I am
nothing typical about me.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have cats - and I baby talk to them... sometimes.
The two of us