I grew up in the Northwest but have been living around the Bay Area every since college aside from a year in Colorado. Even though I've been here a while I feel like I've hardly scratched the surface of all there is to do in the Bay Area and this seemed like a good way to make some new connections and explore some new areas.
I love learning and that keeps me with a pretty steady backlog of books I want to read, mostly focused on history, science, and biographies, but I also like the occasional fiction. Anything that makes you think and challenges how you believe things work. My first love, academically, is physics but I got recruited into finance while hiking in the Alaskan back country. Mostly I like to study things that complex and both subject areas fit that very well.
My family is very close and try to get up to the Seattle area regularly visit them but I'm also a fan of Skype for keeping in touch. I also have very close group of friends in the area that are my CA family. I prefer coffee shops and restaurants rather than clubs, mostly because really enjoy a good conversation and clubs seem like a missed opportunity to socialize. For me, if I'm going to be some place really loud, I prefer a concert.
I'm down to earth guy that likes to spend time outside, hiking in the city or backpacking further afield. However, I also enjoy a good night with a movie or a good TV show, even a board game from time to time. Recently I've been running more and signing up for the occasional race. Nothing over 10 miles yet, but I'm building.
I really value kindness and authenticity in people, as well as an easy laugh and an appetite to try new things and good food. If you like xkcd, Arrested Development, and Lonely Island, we'll get along great. If you enjoy discussing books over coffee and the occasional adventure in the mountains or abroad, we'll still get along and I'll have some funny stuff I can introduce to you.