26 Providence, RI
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My self-summary
I'm an smart, personable young man with grand plans and a fine sense of the ridiculous. I've got an intellectual streak a mile wide, and most of my life revolves around discussing unusual ideas with interesting people. I love creative solutions, good jokes, and great stories. If you're a kindred spirit trapped in the material world, shoot me a message!

P.S. if you are using Quickmatch and can't find out who I am to message me, my screenname here is Chessman5.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a professional chess teacher and business owner, specializing in working with children. I'm a third generation chess enthusiast and I'm pretty sure I have the greatest job in the world.

In my spare time, I'm counting all the books I bought after New Years. I'm pretty sure I've finally reached my lifelong goal of owning a 4,000 volume library! Now I'm just trying to wedge it all into my apartment and make it look nice. Why did I specifically want at least 4,000 volumes, you may ask? You'll have to message me to find out!

Update: I'm also learning how to cook. Right now results are 50/50, but I'm hoping to start improving that average with some practice!
I’m really good at
Teaching, writing, thinking outside the box, and tackling creative projects. I'm also a reasonably good chess player, book collector, and spatial organizer.
The first things people usually notice about me
My big smile. Also, the book and chess set that I always keep nearby. You never know when you'll have a minute to read or play!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Let's see, where to begin?

I love music, and according to Spotify I spent over 53,000 minutes streaming their service last year (this doesn't include my time listening to the radio and my CD's during my daily commute). Most of my favorite tunes are from the punk and pop genres, but there are plenty of exceptions. I'm also an enthusiastic concert-goer.

A small sampling of my favorite groups/singers are:
Fall Out Boy, New Politics, John Mayer, Elliott Yamin, The Killers, Matchbox Twenty, Jimmy Eat World, The Script, Paramore, Jon McLaughin, Sarah Bareilles, Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, Alkaline Trio, Josh Groban and Alfie Boe.

I'm more than a little obsessed with books, and while my library is filled with mostly sci-fi/fantasy and history, I've got all kinds of literature in there.

My favorite authors include Jim Butcher, David Weber, Raymond E. Feist, David Gemmell, David Eddings, Charles Stross, Patrick Rothfuss and Brian Jacques.

My favorite movies of all time (in no particular order) are: Holiday (Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn), The Lion in Winter (Patrick Stewart/Glenn Close), The Man Who Came To Dinner (Nathan Lane), and The Man From Earth (David Lee Smith). A Dog's Breakfast (David Hewlett), Fitzwilly (Dick Van Dyke) and Suburban Knights (Nostalgia Critic/Doug Walker) are close runners up!

My favorite TV shows in the last few years have been Stargate Atlantis, Sanctuary, Supernatural, Sherlock, Eureka, Attack on Titan, the first two-thirds of Sword Art Online, and The Sandbaggers. I'm just working through The Blacklist right now, and I'm loving it!

Finally, I love theater and attend performances whenever I can. Live acting is just amazing, and I'd love to share an evening out at the Gamm or the CCRI Players with my significant other!
The six things I could never do without
1. My mind
2. My library
3. My music collection
4. My friends
5. Hope.
The sixth thing I could never do without is the young lady I spend my life with (applications for the position available within), and I haven't found her yet so you get five for now!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Chess, obviously. Beyond that, history, the societal implications of nanotechnology, ingenuity, and the true nature of man and his world. Trust me, it's more fun than it sounds! I've even created an original/unique Zombie Apocalypse plan because of these issues, and am writing a book about it. Someday I might even finish it!
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching a movie, reading a book, chatting with friends, playing a computer game and/or asleep. A party animal, I am not.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I liked Spider-Man 3. I thought "evil dancing Peter Parker" was hilarious, and I don't regret seeing that movie four times at all. Let the cat-calls commence!

Seriously, though, I think the most private thing I am willing to admit is that I am, in the words of David Gemmell, "a romantic by inclination, a cynic by experience." I believe in love, truth, honesty, loyalty and joy. But I've learned to be practical, because life does not always share my values.
You should message me if
You smiled while reading my profile, or related to what I said. I'm easy to get along with, and always happy to meet new people. So what are you waiting for?