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My self-summary
I'm gonna put this here because, well, there's no "What happened to your face?" section. I was born with something called Treacher Collins Syndrome. There's a whole host of problems associated with it, most of which don't apply to me actually. My lifespan is unaffected, my mental capacity is unaffected, and thanks to modern medicine, any children I may have will be unaffected. To sum it up, everyone gets old and wrinkly, I just got a head start.

Something you should know, I make a lot of jokes. One time my boss was asking me if we had bell peppers. The conversation went something like this:
"Matt, do we have peppers?"
"Are you sure?"
"I saw them with my own eye."
"My own EYE."
"...go back to work."

Humor is my way of dealing with things. And my family and friends have come to learn this and even make a few jokes themselves (which I find hilarious). So if that's something that will make you uncomfortable, then we probably won't get along. If you want to know the specifics, by all means, ask. I won't be offended. I just wanted to put to rest any assumptions that might be made.

Someone once told me that the only thing that matters is being better than the person you were yesterday, to keep pushing forward no matter how hard life pushes back. I won't lie and tell you that I'm Billy Badass, because I'm not. I lost sight of those words and took a hard stumble but I'm getting back up and I'm gonna make my dreams a reality because I'm not a failure as long as I never quit.

I'm not loud or arrogant. I'm a quiet man in the sense that I think before I speak, I try to find the right words. I'm a hopeless romantic but I know that relationships are work, that there will be fights and annoyances but through communication and effort on both sides it can be a passionate and beautiful thing. And finally I realized that we only get one shot at this life, and it's to be enjoyed, every opportunity presented before us.

When I was younger I realized that perfection is just a made up word for a standard no one can live up to. Flaws, imperfections, craziness, these are the things that make people real; these are the things that make people worth loving. Character is not built through perfection; like everything else it is built through blood, sweat, and tears. And if there is anything that I have in abundance it's character. My life has made me humble, honest, hard-working. It has tempered my pride and soothed my temper. I have worked to mold myself into the man I always wanted to be, but the job isn't done yet and that's the point; it never is.

And finally, if you want to learn something new on a regular basis, I don't think there's anyone better than me (if I am allowed to brag on this one point). I read constantly on a wide range of subjects from science to philosophy to history to psychology to literature and beyond.

And that's who I really am. It's not what I look like but what I do with my time that defines me.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a chef at Canyon Ranch making food for the rich and famous. Yes, I have met some famous people and have a few stories about them.

I just graduated with a Bachelor's in psychology. I'm applying to graduate school at the moment so we'll see how that goes.
I’m really good at
Cooking. I kinda have to be to work in a kitchen but I also really enjoy doing it, especially for other people.

Shaving. I picked up wetshaving a little over a year ago. I own a slant bar and straight edge that I use. It was bloody at first but now I've gotten pretty good at it.

Writing. I write short fiction stories in my spare time and everyone who has read my work really likes it.

Listening/giving advice. I know what you're thinking, "That's what every guy says", cue eyeroll. People often tell me they feel like they can tell me things for some reason so I've always listened to my friends problems and given them what advice I could. Honestly I enjoy it, watching people overcome obstacles, it's probably my main motivation for going into psychology.

Computers. I've been building my own PC's for a while now and have gotten pretty good at both the hardware and software side of things. I set out just to have a useful skill but it's actually pretty fun.

Trying to be funny. I like to make jokes and make people laugh. I kinda feel like people are too serious so I often try to make them laugh. I do know when it's time to be serious...mostly.
The first things people usually notice about me
"Damn what a sexy bitch"
"How is he so strong?"
"That hair is glorious"
All things I've actually heard
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorites are really hard for me so I'll just list off a few.

Books: 1984, A Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, Ender's Game, Legend of Drizzt, Tao Te Ching, Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Movies: Inception, Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Pulp Fiction, LotR

Shows: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Doctor Who, HIMYM, Game of Thrones, Shameless

Music: Johnny Cash, Waylong Jennings, Blink-182, Social Distortion, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Flogging Molly, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Mozart, Bach, Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf

Food: Really I'll eat anything and I can cook anything.
The six things I could never do without
Barring the essentials:
Yep, don't need much to be happy
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Stuff. How work is going to go, human behavior, what is that noise my computer is making, how big the universe is, what is my dog thinking right now...probably how good poop tastes, you know, stuff.

I think a more adequate answer would be this: I don't really stress about stuff. Life is gonna happen and there's only a small fraction I can control. I take care of my affairs so there's no reason for me to worry. And the things I can't control, well, usually it's kinda funny in a certain light. Life is to be enjoyed, and that's what I do.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually out with friends or family. Usually cooking food of some sort for them.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I never learned how to ride a bike
I did an AMA
I'm scared of spiders because they're the spawn of Satan.
You should message me if
I'm not looking for anything serious right now. So if you want to have some adventures around town, or if you can teach me how to ride a bike, or if you just want shoot the shit, message me.