I just got back from taking 2 amazing years off from work - traveling the world (28 countries), living in Colorado for a few months and spending quality time with friends and family all around the US. Before that, I worked at the same company for 13 years, working long hours and spending a lot of time on the road. In 2009, I burned out and decided to take 6 months off... Well, 6 months quickly became 12, which quickly became 23 :) I wasn't even planning to return to "the real world," but 3 great opportunities came along in February that I couldn't pass up. So, after one last trip (I just got back from Scotland and Ireland), I'm finally back in LA full-time, and excited to find a place to live for more than a few nights at a time (I'm staying in Hermosa right now).
I learned a lot about myself over the last 2 years (mostly from friends and family who were stuck with me - and apparently driven crazy at times - in planes, trains and automobiles, hotels and hostels around the world). In the interest of full disclosure, here is some of the good, the bad, and the ugly :)
- I apparently need constant stimulation (I turn on music first thing in the morning, climb every tree, jump every cliff, and try almost anything I come across that looks even remotely interesting… even if – or maybe especially if - it only looks interesting to me). The funny thing is that I think I’m pretty mellow.
- I don’t drink coffee. Many have tried to convert me. I just don’t like it, and I hate the idea of getting a headache in the morning if I can’t find it. I love drinking water. And beer.
- I talk to strangers, and love to learn their stories. I help strangers that need a hand.
- I hate people who litter, and will stop a car, turn around, go back and make someone pick trash up if they threw it out of my car.
- I'd rather run a trail than hike it. I'd also rather walk around a new city (than take a cab or public transport)... BUT, if we are going out at night, I hate walking anywhere. I can be really lazy.
- I'd rather visit *another* castle than go shopping.
- I snore on my back, but not on my side.
- Before considering going back to a corporate 9-5 job, I’m going to work for myself for a while, take bigger risks, have more fun with work and not sacrifice my personal life so much...
I grew up in Philadelphia, spent the first 8 years out of college living in San Francisco and NYC. I miss both cities (especially the great friends I made in both places), but I have loved the few years that I've been in LA. So far, I have been surprised - the city and the people are generally not as superficial and caught up in "the industry" as I expected. At the same time, the Hollywood scene can be a fun, if occasional, diversion from the cozy lounges, cool bars, good restaurants, beaches and mountains that are drawing me into this place ... despite the brutal traffic.
I am looking for someone to explore LA (and beyond) with me. I love spontaneity - it's probably the most important thing I am looking for. I get along best with people who are just as comfortable - and just as likely - to rent a movie on a rainy day as they are to jump on a plane, with 30 minutes notice, and fly to somewhere new (Russia is next) or somewhere familiar (SF, Vail, Tahoe, Cabo or Vegas). Or, while driving back from a wine tasting weekend, pulling over at a random small airport and going skydiving.
However, a sense of adventure without intelligence, humor, humility, curiosity and a good heart means that I would rather keep the person as a "party friend." I'm hoping for someone whom I can share an adventure with... and then go out to dinner with my family to tell stories about it... ideally leaving out the best parts of the really good stories ;-) I also gravitate to people who don't take themselves too seriously, as I think the best times are had while goofing around, trying new things and laughing until you can't hold back the tears.
If you're out there, I can't wait to