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My self-summary
I am tall, nerdy, caring, a bit shy, competitive, athletic, silly, and easily amused. Most of that explains why I love teaching high school (physics primarily). Being able to evoke a feeling of wonder in my students on a daily basis is my goal. I don't succeed that frequently, but I love to try! I also coach soccer and basketball at my school. I really enjoy interacting with my students outside the classroom. It's a great opportunity to see kids in a different light and understand their strengths that might not be as apparent in the classroom. Really though it comes down to teenagers being endlessly amusing even if they can be annoying sometimes!

Coaching aside, sports are an important part of my life. I tend to be in pretty good shape, but not because I love the gym. I really love playing soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee and am fortunate that I get to do so regularly. There's nothing quite as satisfying as being a part of a team that becomes way stronger than the sum of its parts! I’ve also been known to get up at 7 am on a Saturday morning to watch my beloved Arsenal somehow manage to be not quite as good as they should be.

Other activities I enjoy are whitewater rafting, board and card games and lazy afternoons with a good book or netflix and, ideally, company (hint hint).

I also love dogs. Especially big dogs that I can wrestle and fight with. It makes me sad that I can't have one at the moment!
What I’m doing with my life
As I mentioned above, I'm a teacher and coach which is a big part of my day during the school year. Outside of work, I'm currently trying to become a better/more versatile cook by learning a new recipe every week (so far I like to think I've been very successful!). I'd really like to reach the point where I can confidently say things like "hmmm this needs more turmeric (or other spice)"
I’m really good at
Self-Deprecation... oops now I'm not good at anything...

But seriously:
Being Tall
Not acting my age when it's not necessary
Caring about my students
Actually calculating the odds when someone asks "What are the odds?"
The first things people usually notice about me
From far away most people notice that I'm tall. When they get closer they generally still see that I am tall.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love science fiction, fantasy and comedy, but ideally not something too serious!

Movies: Lord of the rings (I'm a bad nerd, I like the movies better than the books). Lucky number Sleven, An American President (Maybe this should go under private/embarrassing), Star Wars, Batman Begins, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Avengers.

Books: Ready Player One is my favorite book from the past year. Highly recommend for anyone who likes Science fiction. Other favorites: Harry Potter, Pastwatch the Redemption of Christopher Columbus, A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Dresden Files.

TV: Firefly, Psych, Leverage, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars.

Food: I'm a vegetarian so that's the pretty much the most important thing. I generally eat very healthy and am currently expanding my culinary comfort zone.

Music: I'm not much of a discerning music type. But I will admit that I recently lead a sing along to some of the Lion King's music with my students.
The six things I could never do without
Students to spar with
A sport to think about, watch, coach or play.
Easily made food
Dogs. I don't have one, but the fact that they exist is very important to me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How old is too old to go jump in the ball pit
How much planning I have to do before the next school day
How Nate Silver would describe my dating life (My current best guess is "underperforming his fundamentals"... Thanks Nate...)
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually, I'm on my couch wondering how I made it through the week and what time I can go to bed without being completely lame. I'm far more active on Saturdays.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
There are at least 3 videos of me dancing in front of my students on the internet. And no google won't help you find them.
You should message me if
You are at a stage in your life where you want to have a serious relationship that is leading towards (nothing imminent mind you) the possibility of having a family.

Also if you are having trouble thinking of things to say (this is pretty much the story of sending a first message in my experience) here are some possible topics of conversation:

1. Your favorite scifi/fantasy book/movie and why you liked it.
2. Your favorite board game and any stories of a friend refusing to speak to you for a certain amount of time because of it.
3. Your favorite podcast that's not on a top 10 list.
4. The various advantages of different soccer formations.
5. Your ranking of pixar movies.
6. Something you are passionate about that you think we might have in common!