polyglot
43 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
Song: Elephant Gun by Beirut

Just FYI: on hiatus due to adventure.

When I was a kid and I visited San Francisco, it was the crazy hills and the gorgeous deco bridge which made me want to live here. As an adult, I'd have to say it's that particular San Francisco flavor of bohemianism and intentional community which makes me glad I call this place home. The bridge and hills are just gravy now. Tasty, tasty gravy.

I also like to leave SF - I like camping up in the Black Rock desert over the July 4th weekend and experiencing that otherworldly expanse of sky. I also spent a month two years ago visiting Iceland and Norway. Puffin is rather fishy tasting but the Icelandic pickled herring on rye open-faced sandwiches are to die for. My favorite place to go is traveling.

I polled my friends for the first word to come to mind when they think of me and they came up with: generous, dashing, stylish, loyal, smart, and several choice profanities I won't replicate here. That last bit either means I have very honest friends or I have very good friends but either way, I win.
What I’m doing with my life
Song: The Legend of John Henry's Hammer by Johnny Cash

I fostered kittens for the first time this year. It was an awesome yet heartbreaking experience since I had to let them go in the end.

I recently started mentoring and it's pretty humbling, I have to say. I have yet to tell them to get off my lawn but we've only just begun.

To pay the bills I make silicon do stuff.
I’m really good at
Song: Fake Palindromes by Andrew Bird

Word play; Scrabble; directions; travel; communicating with hand gestures and subverbal vocalizations; storage-unit Tetris; and being thoughtful.

I also trained myself to have total muscular control over my ears, so there's that.
The first things people usually notice about me
Song: Mammal by They Might Be Giants

It's usually that they realize they have no idea where I'm from, generally once they learn my name.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Song: Stardust sung by Willie Nelson

Writers: Sherman Alexie, Michael Chabon, Terry Pratchett, Alison Bechdel, Iain Banks, David Sedaris, and Margaret Atwood, amongst others. I have a huge mass of books on my to-read pile next to my bed but aside from that I've limited myself to whatever can fit on the one big bookshelf in my bedroom.

Flicks: Casablanca, Brazil, Alien, The Princess Bride, Hard Candy, Shaolin Football, The Seven Samurai, Pan's Labyrinth, Oldboy, Million Dollar Baby, The Incredibles, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Amelie, Rejected, His Girl Friday, The Thing and The Shining.

Tubes: Breaking Bad.
Also: The Venture Brothers, Archer, Mad Men, The Wire, Firefly, Adventure Time, Community, and way too many British imports. Oh, and Louie.

Tunes: I like Andrew Bird, Beirut, They Might Be Giants, Queen, Annie Lennox, Astrud Gilberto, Fela Kuti, Bela Fleck, The Shins, The Epoxies, Herb Alpert, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues, Regina Spektor, Edith Piaf and Johnny Cash.

Eats: there's little out there which I wouldn't try. If you've never had a mangosteen I would highly recommend it.

Because it's the best. Thing. Ever.
The six things I could never do without
Song: La Mer by Charles Trenet

New experiences.
Connection.
Large bodies of water.
Comfortable shoes.
Good friends.

Also: the feeling that I am moving forward, that I'm doing things and learning.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to remain in the moment. Doing so is counterproductive, ironically.

Song: Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen
On a typical Friday night I am
Song: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by The Pogues

Saying yes. It's remarkable what ends up happening as a result.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Song: Me Gustas Tu by Manu Chau

I once was pursued relentlessly by the police across Vaduz, the capital of Lichtenstein.
You should message me if
Song: On The Radio by Regina Spektor

Because you're thinking about it and life's too short not to.
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