On a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being "very" native New Yorker, I would put myself at a 3. I can't quite get to 5 because, while I'm enthusiastic, love fast-paced, engaging conversation, and have a special place in my heart for jokes about New Jersey, there's this whole other side of me that likes hiking, quiet conversations, the relative civility of DC and a skyline no higher than 5 stories :) In a nutshell, I like conversation, books, friends, good food, laughter and discussions about ideas. I'd like to think I have a gentle and thoughtful personality (but ever-so-edgy!)and some of my favorite things include getting outdoors, cooking for lots of people (and you?) and getting lost in a book. I am a writer both at work and for fun. As a writer, I have an active, right-brain imagination and I try to bring some of that creativity to enliven the world around me. I have a hopeful, optimistic outlook on life and would love to share a life filled with that optimism with someone special.