I'm trying an experiment - I think friends and people involved in our lives can do a better job describing us than we can ourselves, so here's a quote from a close friend about me -
"Aimal is one of my closest friends and here's some reasons why: he doesn't seem to mind if I start profusely crying about work over drinks, he introduces me to cool stuff I had no clue existed, he's a wonderful travel companion and planned our whole Europe trip, he took care of me when I got food poisoning on that trip, he always asks me how I am and actually listens, and he always makes me laugh. Sometimes he makes me cry, but it's always cause I'm laughing too much."
My ideal date involves great conversation. I'm happy to talk about basically anything that someone is passionate about. I love asking questions, learning, and sharing. I really value openness and honesty.
I REALLY like conversation, the more interesting/obscure the topic, the better. I especially like talking about things I don't know much about from people who do.
I tend to be fairly open-minded, I can play devil's advocate for just about any topic/opposing viewpoint. Understanding the other side is extremely important.
Oh, and jaywalking. If you've ever wanted to learn from the best at something here's your chance.
In the Mood for Love, Mulholland Drive (probably my favorite), There Will Be Blood, Blue Valentine, Drive, anything with Ryan Gosling or Amy Adams.
Radiohead, Daft Punk, Crystal Castles, Gesaffelstein, Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy soundtracks. Dark techno sets on soundcloud.
Bojack Horseman on Netflix is a modern day masterpiece.
Favorite restaurants in SF include Kin Khao, State Bird (I have been known to ditch work early on a Friday to stand in line), Mission Chinese, Californios, Liho Liho, Rove Kitchen and Souvla
Art (in all its varieties)
Intimacy (physical and emotional, 2 for 1!)
der Wille zur Macht
What makes a great movie, story, song, or restaurant/meal great
Who's available to go with me on my next international outing. Schedules are hard. Fun-employed? Front of the line!
How to become a spy (probably should prepare by learning a bunch of languages... German? Spanish? Dothraki?)
Self awareness and how many people seem to sorely lack it. Or they're like me and have way too much of it.
A. sleeping early so I can go hiking/workout/do yoga on Saturday morning.
B. Going to listen/dance to some techno/house or some other show
Oh and I love Embarcadero Cinema for foreign/indie films. Fully reclining seats at the movie theater watching weird/good movies is my happy place.
If you're a militant anti-cuddler or deep down you a have the soul of a Disney villain then we PROBABLY won't be a good match but who knows, right? I believe that opposites can attract and that chemistry is sometimes mysterious and ephemeral.
While I don't like limiting what I'm looking for in terms of dating (sometimes we don't know what we want until it's in front of us), I do tend towards deeper and more meaningful friendships/relationships/connections in life and love. Someone I can hang out with in pajamas and on the dance floor or a nice restaurant would be ideal. (I'll take 2 out of 3, though pajama hangouts are pretty important)
Oh and regardless what OK Cupid's personality graph tells you, I am SUPER polite.