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Dan2564

26 Pasadena, CA Man

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I’m looking for

  • Women
  • Ages 22–26
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating

My details

Last online
Today – 7:02am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, and somewhat serious about it
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Student
Status
Single
Type
Strictly monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), C++ (Poorly)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Hey! How's it going?

I'm a graduate student studying classical music. I'll be starting at USC in the fall in an independent study program leading to a doctorate. I play the pipe organ, and eventually I want to 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 I suppose perhaps I ought to mention also that my bachelor's degree is actually in physics rather than music.

Let's see. When I'm not 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. Truth be told, had I been born a century earlier, I would have done it for my career, but alas, I was born too late for that....

I also really like going on random adventures, although not in the way most people use the phrase. (My concept of an adventure has less to do with going to a new club and more to do with driving through a rainstorm on a county farm road in rural Kansas at 10 at night.) 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. I've also taken to walking around historic parts of LA, as I've found you miss too much if you just drive by. It's amazing what you discover in the most unassuming places. I've found beautiful vistas, waterfalls, a replica of a tower from a medieval castle, the world's largest metal fish sculpture, the world's largest Czech egg (like a Ukranian egg, but, well, Czech), roads over remote mountain passes that are so perilous it's hard to believe they're legal, beautiful old bank buildings with majestic columns and breathtaking vaulted ceilings, mediocre-looking donut shops in sketchy parts of town with amazing ice cream and donuts, and much more.

I also have stories (like the time my friend and I spent New Year's Eve stuck in snow on a small forest road on Mt. Gleason) that were not funny at the time, but have become funny with the passing of time.

I also once got yelled at by an old Armenian man in San Diego for making poor use of my queen in a game of chess.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Not taking pictures with a cell phone in a mirror.

Also, working towards the day when I have a doctorate, and people I don't like will have to call me 'Doctor'!
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Math
Being there for my friends
Driving a manual transmission car
Fixing stuff
Knowing where to get good ice cream at 2:38 AM (this is perhaps my greatest skill in life)
Laser tag
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....
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I can't say I've ever really asked anybody about this. I'm somewhat tall, so perhaps that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Music: Even outside of school, I listen to a lot of classical. My favorite composers are Mendelssohn, Haydn, Schubert, and Bach. I really like Schumann, Vierne, Gounod, Czerny, Knecht, and Beethoven too. I've also been starting to listen to Mozart's music more and more lately. (They say you don't truly appreciate Mozart until you're 30, so maybe I'm slowly growing into it....)

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.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My friends.
Music.
My car.
A desert road stretching off to the horizon.
Churros from the Costco food court
No. 6 to come....
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have a mental list of awesome quotes that I will sadly never be able to use, such as:
--"Operator? GET ME LONDON!!!!"
--"My god. Does the President know?" (Best said while dramatically pulling off glasses.)
--"Hemos tenido bastante de tus mentiras." ("We've had enough of your lies.")
--"Angels and ministers of grace defend us!"
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
1.) You're kindhearted, intelligent, and passionate about whatever it is that you do.
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.