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Location Murrieta, CA, United States
Introduction Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, I came to Southern California back in 1983 to attend college. Eventually got my degree in English and then ended up working as an ops manager at a brokerage firm (go figure). In 2002, my career took another weird segue and I became an administrator for an architect/developer. Been there ever since. In 2006, Gil, our pooch & I moved from a small townhouse in LA County to a rural 5-acre property in Murrieta, California. We both still work full-time, but love coming home every day from the discombobulating pace of LA to some fresh country air (horse manure from the neighbor's corral notwithstanding). Anyhoo, makes that daily 3+ hour round-trip commute worth the while. Outside of family, friends and work, I am preoccupied with cooking, gardening (especially with California natives), birding and botanizing.
Interests Birding, field botany, native plant gardening, photography, cooking
Favorite Movies Pretty much every film version of Pride & Prejudice. I'm particularly fond of the 1940 adaption with Greer Garson & Laurence Olivier (which the Jane Austen purists generally hate).
Favorite Music Sarah Vaughan, Vanessa Rubin, Billie Holiday, Shakatak, Level 42, The Wolfgang Press, ABBA, Norman Brown, Incognito, Sergio Mendes, Fattburger, Antonio Carlos Jobim, anything Giacomo Puccini (cause I'm a sap)
Favorite Books Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Sherman Alexie), My Cousin My Gastroenterologist (Mark Leyner), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), Picture Bride (Cathy Song), Farewell to Manzanar (Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston), The Kitchen God's Wife (Amy Tan), The Lisbon Traviata (Terence McNally), The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, California Native Plants for the Garden (Bornstein, Fross, O'Brien)

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