But I promise, I already have a TV. Although it’s true that mundane tasks often end up defining our day, it’s the opposite that make life worth living. Last summer I spent some time in Turkey. I stayed in a tree house, found a Roman sarcophagus while wandering in the woods, swam in an underground cave, drank 50 cent cans of beer in a castle, and realized there's so much more to life then being attached to cell phones, e-mail, TV shows and work. It isn’t like I didn’t realize that before, but this was the first time I lived it. I can honestly say that not reading a single e-mail or making a phone call for at least a week was amazing. In the “Information Age” we’ve really diluted what it means to experience somewhere new... but in Turkey, it sort of reminded me what it was like to be a kid, to have the time to wonder, to appreciate, to experience. I definitely need a few more stamps on my passport.
I've realized after living in the DC area for awhile that “what’s your name?” is usually immediately followed by “what do you do?" People often don’t seem to have much more to talk about other then work in this area. So, speaking of work, I started an online organic wine company with a friend recently, which has been both an interesting learning experience and an excuse to drink on the job. I'm also a partner in a fashion-technology start up that focuses on supply chain transparency (who made your clothes and under what conditions?). But I’d honestly much rather talk with you about an amazing song I just heard, my recent trip to Brooklyn with my brother, a great restaurant or bar I just went to, or an interesting story I heard on NPR.
I need someone who’s willing to be spontaneous- let’s go get a cabin in the woods for the weekend, go play with some starfish at the Baltimore aquarium or go fall asleep in the grass somewhere. I also like to just sit on the couch, drink beer and watch football. Unfortunately I’m a Redskins fan- but if you like sports we’ll get along... unless you’re an Eagles fan. Intelligence is also important to me- it isn’t like you have to read the Economist every week, but I generally appreciate people who have some idea of what’s going on in the world. Sometimes it’s worth remembering that life exists outside the Beltway.
Maybe that sounds like you?