I'm an introspective, generally smart, and funny guy living and working in NYC. My career is in the mental arts; mostly community mental health (I've worked in the hospitals, shelters, streets, and also have had private practice gigs), and I take pride in the ability to foster wellness in others. I know that some people say that therapists and the like are only in the field because they're 'crazy'. I am certainly not- I am outre, but not certifiable- think the guy at the bar that people gravitate to, because they know I can fix them (I can't, or won't).
I've started running recently; not from my demons, they're my friends. I also love to walk all around the city for hours- when I say 'walk for hours', I mean 20 milers.
Did everyone have to co-opt Nerd Culture? I, too love my podcast stash of Comedy Bang Bang, WTF, and the NPR Holy Trinity of This American Life, Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, and Radiolab. Like everyone from the Nerve.com era, I too took classes at UCB.
I love movies, going to see music, reading, etc. I prefer a dive bar to a club any time, though.
I had studied opera/musical theater in the past. It's a work in progress to get the cojones to formally return, but I still retain decent set of pipes. If you're good, I'll eventually serenade you. If you're not good, well, that's even better.
My guacamole is great, and that's an objective FACT.
I have near-mastery of the NY Times Crosswords, and word games in general, verbal and on paper. Nothing better than tangential banter that leads you into absurdity. Note: Scrabble is NOT my friend, and I don't know why.
I'm great at walking all around the city. Although I work in Manhattan and Brooklyn, I'm not in the 'hot spots' of the BK so much. I never get tired of finding a new place, I only get tired of slow walkers (like Eskimos and snow, I have so many different words for them).
I am always on time. Always. Comes with being part German, I guess. I'm cool with you not being on time, thought, just let me know and we're golden.
Someone once said that my mind works quickly, in the way that I'm thinking beyond the paragraph while most are still reading it. I like processing things quickly.
People are afraid that I'm going to analyze them. I don't wear the therapist hat all the time, but I'm the guy in the bar that people gravitate to and tell their life woes, even if I don't say what I do for a living. It's a calling.
Okay, full disclosure- I do analyze you. I'm just not gonna fix you.
I read all sorts, although I gravitate toward memoir/essay (yeah, Sedaris like everyone else, the Eggers). I read one book that really struck me "I married a borderline." Please don't be a borderline. Or if you are, please keep me on the good side of the split.
I won't rattle every single piece of media that I consume, but I handle 80's facts with aplomb, read on a pretty strong tear, and can handle any movie.
I get animated about politics and spin, and that includes how much we're inundated nonstop, and how toxic it is. But yes, I will watch Project Runway, please.
I think about the fun in the city that you can grab at every turn, and figure ways to conserve my energy so I can grab it.
I've been thinking about how 'curvy' means such a different thing across ethnicity. Is there an OkCupid converter?
Last weekend, I organized a group to see a really solid Japanese Punk band. It was magic, and stage dives were enjoyed.
I might have some dyspraxia, or at least my (adorable) klutziness can be blamed on it. Just help make sure I've buttoned my shirt correctly. I don't pratfall into the street or anything.
Sometimes I fall into a k-hole of internet commenting. I keep my identity semi-public, so I'm not an asshole. "I'm kinda a big deal on the internet."
I just spent 15 minutes listening to different covers of 'Still Alive' from Portal.
After we hate things mutually for a while It's cool to find love of this world, because I do kinda dig it. Don't tell anyone, though.
Bonus points if you can guess my name from my UserID.