42 Santa Ana, United States
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My self-summary
Welcome, and thanks very much for stopping by. I'm an INTJ, for those who are into that thing. I'm a wannabe Luddite (because if I were an actual Luddite, I wouldn't be here).

For a less scientific assessment, I've been told more than once I remind people of Ron Swanson (minus the right-wing bent).
I’m really good at
cooking and planning vacations to as many out-of-the-way places as possible
The first things people usually notice about me
My height, my blue eyes, my wry smile (the braces probably help with that--headgear works as a great conversation piece. Yes, I have adult orthodontics and wear headgear. I try to be up front about this, but people tend to read right past this then are surprised when we meet.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald or John Steinbeck...and I still regularly pull out my Calvin and Hobbes treasuries.

Culinarily, my tastes run between Honolulu and Moscow. I'm a big fan of Southern European food and slow cooking. I know my way around a kitchen; I've produced several Thanksgiving dinners for my family on my own.
The six things I could never do without
maps (they don't have batteries that die, and they're never out of cell range)
a dictionary (an actual book--online "dictionaries" are worthless)
intelligent conversations
Montreal steak spice
dental floss
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I'll get another chance to pick up a cool looking rock on a hiking trail (then set it back down, of course), what style my next sand castle should be, and that it's been too long since I barbequed something.
On a typical Friday night I am
Trying to pair the perfect appetizer with the perfect aperitif, preferably at a restaurant I'm trying for the first time...or maybe I'm out seeking the Holy Grail.
You should message me if
You're into gazing skyward on a clear night, enjoy homemade baked goods, or happen to know a place to get good poutine around here.

You should NOT message me if:

You're a fan of Donald Trump. I don't want to get into a debate here, but if this is you, we'll have some difficulty getting along.

If you're a Disneyphile with an annual pass. Sorry, but I won't go to the park with you. Orange County is crowded enough without enduring the park's crush of humanity and queues that make visiting the DMV seem pleasant by comparison.