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My self-summary
I can be flip. Somewhat.

To elaborate: I have a serious job in finance (no, I'm not an apologist for all the damage caused by certain people in this industry) and for the most part, consider myself an adult. However, I feel that my sense of humor and creativity are also a huge part of my life, and that keeps me connected to who I was when I was younger, and who I will always be.

My job is mostly nine-to-five, leaving me time to pursue interests outside of work. I keep busy. I play bass in three bands, one of which is actively playing shows around Brooklyn and Manhattan. That band is indie rock; I also do back-up vocals. While bass playing is my primary musical trade, I sometimes play acoustic and electric guitars. I'm also writing music for other projects.

I am a modest traveler and hope to travel more in hthe future. Unfortunately I do not get to go abroad very often, but I have been to Israel, Japan, Spain, Holland, France, Mexico, the Carribean, and Swampscott, MA. Hopefully, I can plan trips to Chicago and Thailand before the year ends -- that depends on my work situation.

I'm more than a casual nerd with some things, but I wouldn't call myself hardcore. I enjoy a video game here and there and get excited if any of my friends hosts a board game night. My social activities have a healthy amount of variety -- not just nerdy pursuits. If you think I'm not interested in something that you enjoy, try me. I'd love to give it a shot (as long as it doesn't involve violent crime, nationalism, clowns, or Larry The Cable Guy).
What I’m doing with my life
I currently work as an analyst in the finance industry, though at heart I wouldn't consider myself a "finance guy" (a somewhat abstract term, but I think most people have that same image in their heads when they think of "finance guys"). I'm looking to transition into a tech-based role (self teaching java/other programming languages and such). Recently, I started investigating other places to work, preferably outside of finance.

Outside of work, I play in bands (see above). Rehearsing, recording, and performing for three active bands keeps me pretty busy.

If I'm not doing anything work- or music-related, it's likely to involve food or drink. I cook, motherfucker -- both meat and vegetarian dishes. I guarantee you won't have better shakshouka once you've tried mine, which is a dish I grew up cooking with my father. Outside of cooking, I really enjoy exploring restaurants and bars in this massive city. Even though I lived here a while, I still get excited when trying a new place. Though I'm more mindful of my diet these days, I still go out whenever possible.
I’m really good at
bass playing, cooking, Microsoft excel (blech), listening to people, identifying dog breeds on walks through Prospect Park, impressing people at work when solving problems that have extremely simple solutions.

I'm patient, both with myself and others, and I have a knack for breaking things down and explaining them.
The first things people usually notice about me
Dat Ass.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Still catching up with reading...I haven't read too many books in the past few years, but I'm working on fixing that. I just started reading Dune, but I'm taking a break because my friend just wrote his first book called Three For Ship, and I'm hopelessly drawn into it.

Favorites: Snow Crash, Song of Ice and Fire, 1984 (Yeah I know it was required reading in high school, but I still loved it), The Kite Runner, The Stinky Cheese Man.

Movies: Kind of difficult for me to name my favorites (some of these might appear in 90% of other guys' profiles)... The Dark Knight, The Big Lebowski, The Matrix, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Inception, Coming To America, Fight Club, American History X, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land.

Shows: Whatever you think "typical" is...I guess you'd be right: The Wire ( I can't watch Law & Order anymore after watching this show), Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica (newer), Game of Thrones, Rome, Homeland, Archer, Boardwalk Empire, The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park, Metalocalypse, Family Guy, Animal Planet's: The Most Extreme, Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Life...I will watch anything that David Attenborough narrates...I also had True Blood on this list earlier - but now....blech...

Music: Recently, I've been exploring more Indie Rock/Funk/Alternative stuff, but metal and hard rock will always have a place in my heart. Alice in Chains, Incubus, Primus, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Sithu Aye, David Broza, Storm Corrosion, Animals as Leaders, Nine Inch Nails, Blonde Redhead, Gipsy Kings, Greg Howe, Dave Martone, Bombastic Meatbats, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, MF Doom, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, Killswitch Engage, Luna Sea, Maudlin of the Well, Pain of Salvation, Tool, A Perfect Circle, various classical/opera, various Jazz (Jaco Pastorious), a little Sinatra, good film scores/tv scores/game soundtracks (John Williams, Nobuo Uematsu)...I tend to gravitate towards hard rock/heavy metal/progressive music, but could enjoy any other genre except for National Socialist Black Metal (yes, that's an actual metal subgenre).

Food: This city has so much good food to offer, it could get overwhelming at times. I love eating sushi and dumplings especially. As far as cooking goes, I make an awesome shakshouka, and I try to experiment making dishes with mostly vegetables (they usually go over pretty well...last time I made stuffed mushrooms at a party, they were devoured immediately). I have been told that I am very talented on the grill and can make awesome burgers.
The six things I could never do without
I'm adaptable.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The futility of human greed.

Recording an album that syncs up to Army of Darkness - Dark side of Oz style.

Food/Cooking - I'm eating a lot less meat these days, so I tend to think of new recipes that incorporate more veggies and no meat (I still enjoy a good burger or steak occasionally).

Music - like...all kinds of music...anywhere. Not just stuff from bands...everything with music in it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Going out, which usually means a good restaurant and a decent bar. I'm really liking the spots here in Park Slope, but also enjoy being around the Lower East Side, the Village, Williamsburg, or Greenpoint (not much of a Midtown guy). I'm not a club person, but have been known to dance.

Like everyone, sometimes I like to stay in to recharge. I keep busy and social, but I have an introverted streak and sometimes I need time to play video games and watch movies alone or with close friends. I don't mind those kinds of weekends once in a while.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
As a kid, the most traumatizing thing I've ever seen in a movie was from Home Alone 2, when Marv got electrocuted with a brief flash showing his skeleton. For some reason, that freaked me out, and I was perfectly comfortable watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
You should message me if
you feel any kind of connection to what you've read here. Ultimately, you know what makes you comfortable when messaging people.