I grew up in NYC and moved to California when I was 26, and still visit family in NY 1-3 times a year.
I love Broadway shows, especially musicals ("Lion King, Rent"), museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Sciences, Chabot Planetarium), movies (most recent was "Lincoln"), and the big city (especially New York, which is so easy to get around and so much fun). I am also completely at home in nature, with nothing more than a pair of jeans that are so old they conform to every curve of my body and a change of T-shirts, camping for a week. Snorkeling, zip lining in the Costa Rican rain forest, rock climbing at the climbing gym in Berkeley (I've tried it in the wilderness of Washington with my kids, but my hands don't like it), and vacationing in Kuai'i are total turn ons.
My most recent adventure was 3 weeks in Senegal in July 2012. I lived with a family in this communal society. I ate and drank tea, danced, and played as part of the family and community I was living with. Eating meant sitting with 10 other people around one very large platter of food and eating (with either a large tablespoon or your hands...I tried both) the food in a small area right in front of you. Drinking tea meant relaxing in the afternoon while someone poured and repoured the tea, which was cooking over coals, from glass to pot and back again until the perfect froth was achieved. Dancing was dressing up in my designed and made-for-me Senegalese outfit and dancing solo to the beat of the drums, in the middle of a huge group of people who embraced me...the only toubab (white person) present...with huge smiles and a feeling of complete acceptance. Playing meant taking a horse-drawn cart to the beach with the children, looking at shells and sea life, jogging on the sand, and swimming and romping in the Atlantic. Since I went by myself and faced issues that came up on my own, my awareness of my inner strength and power were greatly expanded.
I have an East Coast intellect and work ethic, and a West Coast ability to relax and enjoy the moment, developed through years of meditation and spiritual study in the bay area, my spiritual home. My spiritual side is well-developed and quite eclectic, a mixture of the spiritual essence of my native Judaism, Hinduism, the mystical teachings of Christ, Abraham, and Buddhist meditation.
I love being with family and friends, and enjoy sharing time together eating a healthy meal in a Japanese, Thai, or vegetarian restaurant, or anywhere I can get a great salad. Piedmont Ave. and College Ave. in Oakland have a great selection. Dancing (Ashkenaz in Berkeley and the Malonga Casquelourd Dance Center in Oakland), gardening, and listening to music (here, again, my tastes are eclectic, ranging from classical to hip-hop...after all (which you'll find out as you keep reading, I work in East Oakland) are other great shared activities.
I love my job as a public-school teacher in East Oakland, staying with my students for two years, and know I'm making a huge difference in the world through my work. I work out at the gym 5 days a week. Therefore, my work week is quite full and will remain so until I retire (which I'm estimating will be in 2018). Therefore the long-term relationship I'm seeking at this time is spending time together on weekends, and on the phone and via email during the week. Plus, lots of time together during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and summer vacations...time to do whatever we feel like.
While I have a full life, I'm now ready to share myself and my life with a partner. I want to be with someone who makes an open mind and heart the foundations upon which he builds his life, someone who lives and cherishes family and friends, looks for the best in all people, takes care of himself, and lives life to the fullest.