43Santa Ana, United States
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My self-summary
Hello out there, and thanks very much for stopping by! I'm looking forward to meeting that special someone out there somewhere in the universe. 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).

For those of you reaching for the "Like" button, thank you for your support, but please message me instead; I can't see the likes.
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 braces and wear headgear. Granted, this is a bit unusual for someone my age, but I refuse to be embarrased because I'm doing something to improve my health.
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.
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 near 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 when I'll finally whittle down that stack of classic books on my bucket list.
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.
The two of us