smithcarljr
34三桃山, Taiwan
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My self-summary
I am a teacher living in Kaohsiung for over a year and a half now. I am originally from San Francisco and I plan to be in Taiwan for a very long time... Maybe forever! I describe myself as a down-to-earth teddy bear looking to laugh and love my way along life's journey. Cliche, I know, but still very true. The rest of this page will give you a good peek into my life.
What I’m doing with my life
I teach English at an elementary school. I'm studying Chinese. I am also just a few months away from graduating with my master's!
I’m really good at
I am really good at making music, theater, making people laugh, having thoughtful discussions, listening, encouraging others, and organizing (events, files, schedules, etc).
The first things people usually notice about me
I am a big guy - no hiding it or denying....so normally people see me first as a tall, heavyset guy with a nice smile and hazel eyes and then quickly say, "Well, he is just a big teddy bear."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I would rename this category "A few of my favorite...."

Books: The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman....and many more!

Movies: My current top five favorite movies of all time are: 1)The Kite Runner, 2)Mysterious Skin, 3)Beautiful Thing, 4)Steel Magnolias, and 5)Fried Green Tomatoes. The Social Network should definitely be added to this list, but I am just not sure where. Other honorable mentions include: Cloud Atlas, Gran Torino, Back to the Future Trilogy, Chronicles of Narnia, Jurassic Park, Latter Days, Big Eden, Mr. Holland's Opus, Sister Act (I & II), Gothika, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Letters to Juliet, and The Ring...just to name a few.

Music: I like most styles of music but more often than not I am listening to either 1)Electronica, 2)Melodramatic/Indie Folk, 3)80s. My Top 6 songs of all time are 1)I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston, 2)If You're Not the One - Daniel Bedingfield, 3)Boys of Summer - DJ Sammy, 4)Worthy is the Lamb - Hillsong, 5)The More I Seek You - Kari Jobe, 6)Make Your Own Kind Of Music - Mama Cass Elliot. Here is a brief list of artists that I enjoy (in no particular order): Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton, Clint Brown, Hillsong, Celine Dion, DJ Tiesto, Deadmau5, Jay Brannan, Phil Collins, Lang Lang, Gary Valenciano, Selah, Jim Brickman, Besides Daniel, Nickel Creek, Bruno Mars, Savage Garden, Mama Cass, Diana Ross, and many more!

Television: I know it wasn't requested, but I wanted to mention this too. I don't watch that much TV, but I do love certain shows and catch them when I can. Reruns are great! Seinfeld, Fraiser, the Golden Girls, The Office, Family Guy, Modern Family, Law & Order: SVU, The Big Bang Theory, Top Chef, anything HGTV or Food Network. My current favorite shows are RuPaul's Drag Race and The Walking Dead!

Food: I love Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Salvadorean, pizza, meat & potatoes, and anything chocolate and/or peanut butter.
Six things I could never do without
1.My Phone
2. The Internet
3. Shopping at fun markets
4. Showers
5. Access to a variety of cultures
6. A community of friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I am a huge planner by nature. So I am always thinking about how to make tomorrow meaningful and efficient. I love travel and am always thinking about the next trip.
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday nights are great! I love to explore the city, try new restaurants, watch a movie, grab a cocktail, window shop, take a walk, camp out in a bookstore or coffee shoppe and get caught up on some reading, stroll the night marker, join a casual get-together with friends, or have an even quieter night at home with some take-out and Netflix.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not afraid to become vulnerable, open, and transparent with someone that I care about or want to pursue a relationship with.
You should message me if
the thought of meeting a fun and romantic teddy bear sounds like the kind of guy you have been looking for...

-Carl
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