43South San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
I was born in San Francisco. My two biggest loves in life are running and photography. I love running. I like to stay physically fit. I also do voluntary work at UCSF usually once a month on my free time. I like positive and funny people.

I live in SSF, I work in Emeryville as a tech support geek, and I JUST finished grad school. What does this mean? Aside from looking for a career that is linked to my newly acquired masters degree, I have a TON of free time now (great problem to have, right?). So what better way than to try to go out there, date and find companionship? :-)

Update - 12/20/2016: So, just to get this out of the way, I'm an introvert & I'm not at all ashamed for it. I get really tired about explaining what introverts are and are not to dates who are more on the extroverted side (introvert/extrovert combinations tend to be magical in my experience). Assumptions & biases from an extroverted society make people like me seem like outcasts (which really is unfortunate).

Here's a link to shed some light on what introverts are (and what they are not):
What I’m doing with my life
Just finished grad school (better late than never!). I love running, helping others and hanging out with my friends. I used to be an amateur freelance photographer, but now I just take photos for fun. My friends ARE my family.
I’m really good at
Listening. It sounds too good to be true, but it's true.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm notoriously early, for everything (all be it work, movies, dates, doctor's appointment, etc.). I have a profanity switch that I can flip on or off at the drop of a dime. My whole right shoulder is one big tattoo which throws people off sometimes. A quote that best describes me is this: "You'll find I'm full of surprises."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm definitely a Charles Bukowski fan. I like Hunter S. Thompson, Haruki Murakami, George Orwell, Robert Frost, philosophy from Nietzsche, Kant and I relate to Darwin but I don't totally agree with his ideas, I read a lot of Theists vs. Atheists debates, etc. ad infinitum.

I enjoy practically ANY kind of music, and I mean ANY (except Beatles, ask me why if you're curious - ha ha). I love the Smiths.
Six things I could never do without
1. My friends/family
2. Good communication
3. My self-respect/dignity
4. Honesty
5. My dog
6. Living in the moment
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I've read enough profiles where contradiction occurs when actually going on a date with whomever via this site. I think we all mean well & we say all the right things of what we would want, but in reality, it seems like everyone has a specific person that they're looking for (and it usually doesn't match what is stated on the profile description). There's what we think we want (which is stated on the profiles I read) and then there's what we usually tend to fall for ('familiarity' can be the culprit in this case). Bottom line is that dating in general usually revolves around the following: "There's what you would want in a relationship......... and then realistically there's who you end up with (lol)"

I used to think there was a correct way to date in the 21st century. My experiences so far have proven me wrong. One could say that these experiences have changed me. Online dating has definitely changed the way I perceive modern day romance. Online dating is one way to meet people but by far, it is imperfect and sometimes, ineffective.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm either crashing on my couch, hitting the town to watch a show, or nothing at all.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You'll have to ask me personally.
You should message me if
If you'd like to meet in person. Email ping pong can be fun but I do believe that actions speak louder than words. If we exchanged phone numbers, I'd rather TALK vs. text. How we interact verbally speaks volumes over how we would communicate via email.

I don't believe in the "you can tell within the first 5-minutes" approach regarding chemistry or if we'd get along. I'm not a subscriber to the "if there's no instant chemistry, then hell, it must not be a match" philosophy. Chemistry takes time to build into something. Good things happen to those who don't rush.

Lastly, to be honest, I hate using this site (yes, I said the 'h' word). It'd be nice to meet someone who gave me a good reason to deactivate my account here for good :-P
The two of us