33 Astoria, NY
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My self-summary
I've made Astoria my home for the past five years and find it incredibly convenient. A 20 minute non-stop commute to NYC and walking distance to the King of Falafel. Plus when the old-school Greeks of the area caught wind that my last name consisted of 12 letters and five syllables, the locals were quick to accept me as their own.

I spend a good amount of time reading about wine (see below) but when time permits: I like to travel to new locales (shocking, right?), play pick-up basketball when my ankles will allow it, and occasionally self-torture by wedging myself into a cramped bus in order to play poker in Atlantic City. I also like to make time to try new restaurants and wine bars, which I deem "work-related research" so I can write off the tabs at tax time (Does the IRS check OKCupid? Okay, good.).
What I’m doing with my life
Sommelier. Or "small-ear", depending on your pronunciation. Basically, I desperately attempt to sell new and interesting wine to people who only want to drink Cabernet. The struggle is real.
I’m really good at
Pairing foods and wines, poker, pronouncing complex last names, naming skills beginning with the letter “p,” ping pong, bocce, buck hunter, skiing, scrabble, general knowledge trivia.

Conversely I am not very good at long division, hitting consecutive proper golf shots, or staying awake in the back seat of a car. But I'm working to get better at all three. Ok, maybe not the division.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my rugged facial hair, which at any time can range from Bruce Willis-esque stubble to the Sylvester Stallone mountain beard from Rocky IV.

I've been told on more than a few occasions that I have the perfect voice for the radio. Sometimes I wonder if that's the nice way of saying I don't have a face for television.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Blink, The Tipping Point, How to love Wine, The History of Bitters
Movies: The Bourne trilogy, The Shawshank Redemption, Rounders, Swingers, The Lost Boys, Oceans 11, The Shining, Happy Gilmore, Heavyweights, A Few Good Men, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Avengers, LOTR, Star Wars Trilogy, Nolan's Batman movies.
TV Shows: The Walking Dead, American Greed, seasons 3-6 of The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Later with Jools Holland, Daredevil, Jessica Jones. When I'm feeling masochistic I watch the Knicks or the Giants.
Music: Led Zeppelin, Mumford and Sons, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews band, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Green Day, James Taylor, Anything on the "No Diggity" or "Mos Def" Pandora stations, Metronomy
Food: All of it.
The six things I could never do without
My doubles badminton tournament champions shirt
Electric Razor
A fluffy pillow
Wine key
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why they call it Ovaltine. The jar is round. The mug is round. They should call it Roundtine!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I prefer body wash to bar soap and there is nothing you can say that will make me change my mind.
You should message me if
You prefer Seinfeld to Friends and generally cringe when people disagree.