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Rutgers, N.J. and Sussex, U.K.
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Hey, I’m John!

San Francisco, California, United States · Member since February 2012

I'm a basic middle aged guy. I like to travel, garden, read, and cook. If I were a dog I'd be a Labrador - a bit gray in the muzzle, but I still like chasing after tennis balls when I'm not napping in my basket.

I live in San Francisco around the corner from Dolores Park. I love living here because it has exactly the right mix of funky Bohemian charm from the Mission District, the trendy vibe of the Castro, and the cool immigrant flavor of the entire city. Plus I can hop on BART and be downtown in ten minutes. Did I mention food? We have an amazing variety of very high quality restaurants and little hole in the wall places in every direction thanks to immigrants from every part of the world. The best thing about living here is my fabulous neighbors.

I'm from a working class family of Sicilian origin and went to university on scholarship - first Rutgers in New Jersey, and then Sussex in the U.K.

Recent trips included Hong Kong, Venice, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Kiev, Riga, Chernobyl, Santiago (Chile). I hope to visit friends in Melbourne and Sydney soon.

Favorite books: "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon, and "Sea of Poppies" by Amitov Gosh.

Favorite films: "The Producers" (1969 version), "Dreams" (Akira Kurosawa), "Taste of Cherry" (Abbas Kiarostami), "Mujeres a Borde de un Ataque de Nervios" (and everything else by Pedro Almodovar) " Blade Runner", and "2001 A Space

I own a few properties including a beach cottage in Hawaii and a modest farmhouse in the Sonoma wine country that I rent out to long term tenants. I understand how weird it can be to have strangers living in your home when things don't go exactly as planned, and I also appreciate the pleasure of having wonderful tenants that become good friends over the years.

I'm actively involved in the Transition Towns movement which works to re-localize food production, small scale manufacturing, employment, etc. In short, we tend to reject both the ecotopian dreams of tree huggers and the Drill Baby Drill crowd in favor of good old fashioned community building, local resilience, and self-reliance. Reskilling is a big part of the movement. If you don't know how to grow, cook, build, or repair things with your own hands then you need to start learning - preferably with your family, friends, and neighbors.

I'm also a huge fan of the New Urbanist movement which rejects both soulless suburban sprawl and mega city skyscraper projects. What ever happened to small town life where kids could walk to school and the local ice cream parlor? Why do old people have to be shipped off to "assisted living" when they can no longer drive? There has to be a better way to build the places we live and work.

And now I will step off my soap box. ;-)