In case you get interrupted or don’t get around to reading the rest of this daily-journal-like profile, I put the Bottom Line at the top of the page. Have we been properly introduced? My name is Darius Miranda.
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I get so excited about the start of each new day that I count sheep in my sleep to wake up. First thing in the morning I jump out of bed to look out my window, even though I have a view of nothing but fog. This pop-star once told me, “Your positive outlook gives you an optimistic edge.” Or was it edgy optimism? I prefer the latter.
Home is where the heart is. I grew up in the Irish-Catholic Sunset District in sometimes sunny San Francisco. In 1988 I moved to losAngeles and studied Ancient Greek art, architecture and literature at UCLA. I finally graduated in 1993 with a degree in The Classics. My first career lasted 11 years at an investment/financial services company. After 16 years in losAngeles, I moved back to San Francisco. I’m already six years into my second career. Today I play with Ux, technology and social media at large bank.
If you’ve never stood side-by-side with me in an elevator and need a physical description to size me up, I casually stand just under 5’11” and weigh in at 180 pounds. I eat like a pig (oink), lift twice a week, walk along Ocean Beach, do yoga and pilates (and the room is full of hotties), play in 2 volleyball tournaments yearly, and ride my mountain bike when I run my errands. Lately I like watching sports more than playing sports. And when it comes to movies, I prefer independent films over blockbusters. Especially raw and gritty documentaries.
I think I was placed on this earth to make people LOL. I value happiness way more than bitterness. I like to smile a lot, even though it sometimes makes me look simple. My friends will admit they not only know me, they also like me. I get along well with Texans, especially former Miss America’s. The first time I visited Dallas, I successfully tested the theory that it IS possible to THINK with an accent. I sometimes think with a Southern drawl. It slows my roll and helps me organize my thoughts better. You should try it.
Making sure things look “pretty” comes to me naturally, so instead of blowing smoke, I focus on accuracy and consistency. Being punctual makes me on time, but being flexible makes me reliable. And, I can effectively multi-task. Once-upon-a-time in Palm Springs, I organized an 18-hole golf tournament in the morning, nap time in the afternoon, a formal dinner that evening, and an 80’s Rock dance party later that night for the same 150 drunk-and-sunburned couples. Despite my shyness, I also emceed the televised awards ceremony. No one noticed that my socks didn’t match, except for one photographer. And the Fire Marshall.
One of my many passions is photography. I still own my original Polaroid camera from the 6th grade. I like having things right away! I am NOT computer-shy. Never have been. I know the difference between hardware and software. A self-proclaimed wanna-techie, I twice overheard someone say behind my back that formal training might make me dangerous. Most people DON’T know this about me—I am Microsoft-certified as a human spell-checker. In addition:
· I love to write both prose and poetry
· I like to review technical writing
· I am very bullet-friendly
I don’t mind being the center of attention, but most of the time I prefer to share the spotlight. When I was studying The Classics at UCLA, I sang the proem of Homer’s The Iliad in its original Ancient Greek to an unsuspecting audience of Japanese physicists. After receiving a standing ovation, I put my glasses back on, looked out at the WRONG crowd and clapped right back at them. Then I ran to the room next door where my Greek literature class was waiting for me patiently. I was so late!
Speaking of glasses… for the past decade I’ve worn contacts. But sometimes I wear my glasses to force myself to see things differently. I try to view art from at least two non-adjacent perspectives. To keep my mind and old-soul at balance, I cry when I watch reality television. I juggle fruit that’s not in season. One Thanksgiving I made a fresh fruit salad desert bowl by hollowing out a pineapple shell that I first sliced in half vertically. I can’t take credit for that brilliant idea, I copied someone—Pineapple Bowl Idea, Dad ©1984. As a child I was groomed for efficiency, so today I read books at a single sitting and bake 30 minute brownies in 27 minutes. I was caller #7 twice in the same day, and won tickets to the same concert 4 times. I used to sell ink-markers at major charity Bingo events and encouraged the Golden-Girls-like crowd to scream every time the celbrity caller Nellie Olsen called out O—69! I’ve surfed tandem on a long board, caught foul balls without a mitt, danced on stage at the San Diego Zoo, and modeled corduroy in a fashion show. I work for a bank, love vintage Herman Miller chairs, listen to NPR in the mornings, keep my email current, rarely use salt or pepper, and now prefer Coke Jack & Coke over Pepsi.
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