I am a born-and-raised New Englander. As such, I enjoy sports and the outdoors. I play soccer and basketball (I want to learn tennis and golf). I skied as a child and I am a currently a burgeoning snowboarder. Over time, things like yoga and plain running have slowly begun to replace soccer, basketball, and other strenuous physical activities. But I haven't totally given up on them yet! ...especially soccer...it's my game.
Typical of many Northeasterners, I like to eat well. This doesn't always mean healthy, but it does mean wholesome (i.e. a good steak). I have recently engaged the organic/local farm movement (the past two years I have been part of a vegetable COOP). At times, I am way too sanctimonious about it...loudly munching on raw carrots and celery sticks on the T. However, a night on the town will most likely reveal my true colors as you may find me slumped over portions of synthetic epicurean delight (late night Chinese/Mac Donald's anyone?).
Education and curiosity are important to me. I tend to be into things just because no one else is, or because everyone writes it off as silly. In that way, I feel I can always be interesting. 3 examples...
1) Last year I went to a free all day seminar on soil being given Northeastern (heard about it while I was at a Slow Food event on beans...that's another story). I went just because I thought to myself, "what can be so interesting about soil?" I also dragged my dad. He thought it was stupid at the time. But, whenever I see him, he still talks to me about it while feeding me vegetables from his improved garden. And now I understand a bit more earthworms and soil.
2) A semi-crazy looking guy in Harvard Sq stopped me to talk about how the current economic system was misrepresenting the physical economy. He was fully expecting to me to continue walking as most hurried folks do. Instead, I stopped, turned to him, and said..."Go on." Two hours later I am home online reading further about this guy's dogma. I ordered two books on the topic for $10. In the end, I totally disagreed with it all, but now I have another perspective to draw from.
3) Last year I attended a free 6 seminar series on food policy at the Museum of Science. It covered food security, nutrition, labeling, child obesity. It was awesome.
In terms of a partner in crime, I am not sure exactly what I am looking for... but these are things I like:
A. Sports and/or physically activity. Someone who enjoys playing and, at times, watching sports (sometimes a man just has to sit a watch a game..it happens). I recently did a Tough Mudder in VT. AWESOME. If you play sports or have the competitive juices that is nice. Reviewing my brief adulthood, it seems that I continually pick up new physical activities. Yoga is the most recent passion. Last year, Bikram Yoga. This year I added Baptiste hot power yoga. This winter, I am re-learning to snowboard (I did it sparingly for 3-4 years as kid). At some point, I will get into golf or tennis. So, sharing the passion for activity with somebody would be nice.
B. Reading and conversation. I like to entertain idiosyncratic conversations, usually based on non-fiction pseudo-academic books that I have read. They usually make me the "devil's advocate" during conversations. Still, the more spiritual books like the alchemist, life of PI, and Ishmael always draw me in, and provide for evocative conversation topics.
C. The desire to take-on every Groupon offer. Groupon is an incredibly useful way burn your weekends. I would love to spend a Saturday by skydiving, getting a massage, and then going eat out...all with Groupons. Then Sunday we can do some yoga and then go F1 racing. How awesome would that be? (the next two weekends we can sleep in)
D. Playfulness. I've been told I am a bit cocky, but with a smile (for the most part, my overconfidence is facetious). I enjoy the back and forth banter of someone who is equally confident.