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School
Enka High, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northwestern University
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Pace Suburban Bus, Cincinnati Metro, Asheville Transit System
Hey, I'm James!
Evanston, Illinois, United States · Member since September 2012

I'm a middle-aged American guy who loves to travel. For work, I manage a staff of 13 professional employees from seven different countries who conduct research and analysis for a local public transport agency. I try to provide my staff a great environment in which to work, and they provide me with intelligent and insightful data.

I love to travel, and when I travel I like to stay at local places, meet local people, eat local food, etc. I have relatives in Austria and Mexico, and strive to learn more about where I travel. I speak a bit of German and Spanish. At home, I prefer to cook for myself, or to eat at local (non-chain) restaurants. I tend to travel inexpensively. To me a relaxing day is to just grab a train and go somewhere I've never been. Of course, I'm a bit of a tech geek, so I bought a small tablet that will just fit into my coat pocket.

I love music, from electronic to classical. I have played guitar and sung in the past, but have gotten away from that a bit. I love theater, as well. I'm a bit of a history buff regarding European music in the late 17th/early 18th centuries, primarily in Austria and Bohemia.

My favorite TV shows are Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods....both are food and travel shows in the US hosted by former chefs.

My girlfriend and I live in a three bedroom apartment that is a about 45 minutes from my work. Ironically, there is no good public transport, but I chose to live where I do because it is just two blocks away from Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes. I love the water. Our apartment is in a beautiful neighborhood from the late 1800s--lots of trees and green space. Away from the lake, it's just another two block walk to the station for the "L" to downtown Chicago, about a 45 minute ride. Or a few blocks further to commuter trains.