onversation, books, friends, good food, discussions about ideas, laughter are some of the things that make life worthwhile. I have a gentle and calm personality (but ever-so-edgy!) that comes in handy in my interviews for my research and my writing. I love hiking, swimming in oceans and lakes, and picnicking in the DC's many parks. I am a writer and I love the cultural life of the city and have a soft-spot for thoughtful movies, but am willing to be dragged to movies starring Bruce Willis. I'm from NYC originally, and while at times I miss the food, diversity and beaches that can be found there, I love DC, with its tree-lined streets, great cafes, smart people and small-town feel (I have learned that for people from outside of "the boroughs," DC is a big city, so I am careful about sharing my "small-town" perspective now :). I have a hopeful, optimistic outlook on life and would love to meet someone who shares this value.