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25 • Pasadena, CA • Man
I’m looking for
- Ages 22–26
- Located anywhere
- Who are single
- For new friends, long-term dating
- Last online
- Apr 26
- 6′ 1″ (1.85m)
- Body type
- Agnosticism, and somewhat serious about it
- Working on masters program
- Strictly monogamous
- Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
- Likes cats
- English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), C++ (Poorly)
I'm a graduate student studying classical music, and I'll be entering the Thornton School of Music at USC in the fall. I play the pipe organ, and eventually I want to get a doctorate and work as a church music director or (ideally) the professor of organ at a small college. I'm not religious; I just find the music very moving and powerful. You know that stereotype about the guy wistfully saying "Aahhhhh, Bach!!!" while lifting his arm to the heavens? That's basically me. :^P
My bachelor's degree is actually in physics rather than music. I'm glad that I studied physics as an undergrad--it's nice to have floating around in your head, and on occasion it comes in handy.
Let's see. When I'm not frantically practicing, what do I do.... I guess you could say my first love in life was railroads and steam locomotives. I volunteer at a railroad museum maintaining and operating a steam locomotive from 1922, and I'm a federally qualified locomotive engineer. My grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all worked for the Santa Fe Railway, so maybe it's genetic....
I also really like going on random adventures, although not in the way most people use the phrase. Sometimes I'll drive around the city, the mountains, or the desert with no real destination in mind, just seeing what I discover along the way. In the city I've found probably 20 awesome ice cream shops that way, and in the mountains I've seen some immensely beautiful vistas and sunsets. Sometimes it turns out to be a bit of a misadventure--my friend and I spent New Year's Eve one year stuck in snow on a small forest road on Mt. Gleason, which is north of LA. I don't plan on ever doing that again, but it was definitely worth it once--the sunrise the next morning was amazing!
Also, working towards the day when I have a doctorate, and people I don't like will have to call me 'Doctor'!
Being there for my friends
Driving a manual transmission car
Knowing where to get good ice cream at 2:38 AM (this is perhaps my greatest skill in life)
Knowing my way around without a map or GPS
Historically-informed performance of 18th century German counterpoint. Ya know. Just in case you ever need that....
Outside of classical, I really like classic rock, Johnny Cash (I've got most of his songs memorized....), CAKE, and They Might be Giants.
TV: How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Parks and Recreation (the funniest show ever), Better off Ted, Frasier, Star Trek. (Deep Space 9 is my favorite, but The Next Generation does have a kind of timeless perfection to it)
Movies: I love stupid comedies. Some of my favorites are Airplane, Brain Donors, Once Bitten, Slammin' Salmon, 22 Jump Street, The Emperor's New Groove, and Despicable Me 2. I also really like historical and epic movies from the '50s and '60s, like Disney's version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Anastasia (with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brenner), The Agony and the Ecstasy, and Lawrence of Arabia. The dialogue in movies was amazing back then.
I suppose I could mention this too here. I really like paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. My favorite painters are Ivan Kramskoy, John Singer Sargent, Caspar David Friedrich, and Albert Bierstadt.
Books: I like Kurt Vonnegut a lot, and Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card was a great book too. Too bad Orson Scott Card kind of went off the deep end....
And food. Ummm. I'm a guy, so I'm pretty much always hungry. I like just about everything, except Vietnamese food. If I had to eat one thing only for the rest of my life, it would definitely be sushi. Or ice cream. But sushi would probably work much better from a long-term standpoint.
A desert road stretching off to the horizon.
Churros from the Costco food court
Or practicing. As a grad student, that is also, unfortunately, sometimes an option.
--"Operator? GET ME LONDON!!!!"
--"My god. Does the President know?" (Best said while dramatically pulling of glasses.)
--"Hemos tenido bastante de tus mentiras." ("We've had enough of your lies.)
2.) You don't mind somebody who makes really awful puns.
3.) (Yes, I know it sounds corny, but...) You like watching sunsets.
4.) You have ever seen a road stretching across the desert floor as far as the eye can see, and felt an urge to see where it goes
4.1) You in fact did drive down that road to see where it goes
5.) You believe in a natural process by which species change and adapt over periods of thousands or millions of years in response to their environment.
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