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My self-summary
Simply put, I am friendly, honest, confident, healthy, and sane. I approach life with optimism and a willingness to try and learn new things. I am at ease on the stage, in a classroom, in front of a computer, on a trail, on the dance floor, in a city, in the country, in the water, in a crowd and by myself. I can be serious, focused, efficient, energetic and brisk, but I also like to laugh and am equally light-hearted, playful, calm, and easy-going.

I am Open-minded, Adventurous, Fun-loving and an INTP (for those that care)
What I’m doing with my life
Originally from Chicago, I moved to NYC's Upper West Side by way of St. Louis. I currently work for a tech startup, but used to work as an IT network consultant for several years. This was a major career change from teaching music at a private university, but it has been rewarding and I enjoy the challenges of learning new things and applying my skills in different careers.

I try to find balance in my life between work, play, self-care, and the things and people I love.

I love to travel, try new things, go to live performances, eat, play, dance, and although I'm not hardcore about exercise, I like to squeeze in a couple of intense workouts per week. I've been in two half-marathons and three sprint-triathlons, and I've learned that I enjoy the variety of cross-training and that my body prefers to run short distances (less than 13.1).

I have a Shiba Inu puppy whom I love! First-time dog-owner here, and I'm so happy to have her and be in a neighborhood that is close to Central Park and Riverside Park.

I'm open to making new friends, and in doing so, I hope to find that special someone who is positive, kind, intelligent, considerate, loves life and people, matches my energy and has a big heart.
I’m really good at
Since I've spent most of my life studying, practicing, listening, performing, conducting and teaching music, I have to say performing and teaching are major strengths. I'm an introvert, however, I'm also a people-person, so while I'm quiet and shy by nature, I'm also confident, friendly, observant, and since I've learned to be more outgoing, this allows me to make friends easily and put others at ease.

In addition, I'm really good at having fun and finding pleasure in simple things. I laugh often and typically wear a smile.
The first things people usually notice about me
I think people notice that I have kind eyes and a friendly smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Labeling favorites does not sit well with me because I enjoy so many things, and there are so many categories and genres within any given subject, however, I'll do my best to give you a general idea of my tastes.

Movies: Up, Finding Nemo, The Usual Suspects, Inglorious Basterds, Shawshank Redemption, Love Actually, About A Boy, My Fair Lady, Hook

TV: Last Week Tonight, Daily Show, Mindy Project, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Office

Food: Thai, Vietnamese, sushi, Indian, Filipino, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian. In general, more vegetables, less meat, and anything that's good.
Six things I could never do without
Music - singing, listening, playing, conducting, whatever
Dancing - salsa, swing, Argentine tango, or just wiggling
Good food - I'm not picky, but I have a discerning palate
Adult beverages - all kinds
Family - the people I love, and who love me unconditionally (very close to my younger brother)
Learning - I love to discover, see, and experience new things in nature, culture, science, and art

***Can I add my piano to the making music section?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next meal or cocktail... ;-)
On a typical Friday night I am
Sorry, nothing typical about my Friday nights. That being said, I'm generally tired from the work week, but I rally for whatever the night may bring. I'm happy staying in, cooking a nice dinner, catching up on laundry/cleaning, or chillin' with my dog, but more often than not, I make loose plans with friends that involve the phrase "I don't want to stay out too late", and usually end up having great, epic adventures that last until the wee hours of the morning.

Some Friday night activities I enjoy are: hanging out with friends, checking out new restaurants/bars, going to concerts (classical, jazz, opera, ballet, theatre, and other live music), going to art exhibits, and dancing.
The two of us