29 Pittsburgh, PA
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My self-summary
I've coerced one of my close friends into providing a description for me:

"I would say you are clever, open minded, and always up for adventures, fun, and mischief. You would be my go-to person for an awesome quote, an impromptu road trip to see the world's biggest ball of twine, or cooking partner if we wanted to see what the appeal of pig's feet was, anyway."

My interests tend to be all over the place. In the last year, I've gone swing dancing (or at least attempted to), signed up for krav maga, planted a bunch of vegetables, fixed a wiki, got a tattoo, won a fighting competition, took a class on mixing red wines, avoided getting eaten by bears in Alaska, completed a 5k mud run, went to Sweden, and registered for an online culinary program.
What I’m doing with my life
I started off in culinary school, moved on to something more computer focused and then I spent my formative years working in the video game industry. I've since translated that into working for a corporate software developer because, you know, I'm an adult.

Every Monday and Thursday, I instruct a historical European martial arts class at a gym in Columbia. Sometimes people even want me to travel to go train with and teach them! Throughout the year, I travel to other states and even other countries (hence the Sweden trip) to compete.

On top of this, I spend some time every spring and summer trying to teach myself to grow vegetables and take care of fruit plants. Deer completely thwarted me the first year, and pepper plants are my new nemesis. I have hens and rabbits, and I think goats would be totally cool. A bee hive is next. I hope you're not deathly allergic to bees!

Side note: I hope I'm not allergic to bees.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at: Cooking (but not baking), plowing through books (even terrible ones), judging the time, playing expert guitar and expert vocals at the same time on Rock Band while explaining to a friend what's in a dish, and corralling chickens.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. I tend to be smiling or grinning often, or so people tell me. I insist that they're just miserable and need to smile more.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Book: Symphony of Ages (I cheated.. it's a series)

Movie: Black Dynamite

TV: No Reservations

Band: Extreme... or Dream Theater... or Grand Funk Railroad. It depends on the mood.

Almost anything. Seriously. I've eaten deep fried cow brains in Italy. It was the restaurant specialty. They kind of taste like that weird yellow fatty stuff you find in blue crabs. The biggest exception to 'almost anything' is cucumber; cucumbers come from Lucifer's garden. And I don't mean in the 'These are blasphemously delicious' sort of way.
The six things I could never do without
1) A gas stove. I currently do not have one. It sucks. Induction would be an acceptable, although expensive, second.
2) An internet connection. Anyone who answers 'No' to 'Can you form a friendship with someone you've never actually met' might not understand me. I've made friends all over North America and Europe and have met a majority of them over the years.
3) Airplanes. For getting places, because as much as we all 'fought' the waves when we were younger, the ocean is pretty insurmountable otherwise.
4) A yard. I don't think I could live in the middle of a city.
5) Pets. I have two cats... Spectre and Gadget.

Honorable mention: Parentheses.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The human condition and the interpersonal topics that go along with it. There are a couple people I talk to daily, and we frequently end up discussing the intricacies of different types of relationships, culture and politics. It's funny how often we'll argue about something ambiguous for two hours only to find that we actually agree with each other.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm slightly lactose bigoted, but I choose to ignore this fact most of the time.
You should message me if
If you are a Savage Love listener. If you're not, you should give it a listen.

You should message me if you're enthusiastic about diving recklessly into new activities and hobbies; you'll get tired of me if you are not down with that.