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My details

Last online
Apr 6
5' 10" (1.78m)
Body Type
Atheism and laughing about it
Working on University
Might want kids
Has dogs
English (Fluently), Chinese (Somewhat), C++ (Somewhat)
My self-summary
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Attention Conservation Notice: I don't actually live in New Brunswick; I live in Ocean NJ (Parkway exit 105; just northwest of Asbury Park). However I'm enrolled full time at Rutgers New Brunswick, hence the location.

Anyway, the TL;DR version: aspiring economist seeks brainiac partner for world conquest and board games. Inquire within!

Anyway, I'm Jeff. I always find that these summaries end up reading either like someone's C.V., or they're just like a list of really generic stuff. With that being said, I promise I'm not going to talk about my job, and you can take it for granted that I like mostly the same things everyone else does (e.g., my friends, family, pictures and videos of puppies, &c). To make this more interesting - not to mention to hook you into reading further - I'm going to see if I can't use all fourteen punctuation marks in American English. See if you can spot them. I'm at eight so far (pretty good, right?), let's see if I can't nail the rest...

Following, a list of things that make me unique:

I'm a volunteer firefighter. Like most kids circa age 3 or so, I wanted to be a fireman. Well, fast-forward thirty years and here I am!

I brew my own beer. You can guess what type of beer nerd this makes me.

I've gone skydiving. More than once, even.

Once upon a time I worked at Microsoft. Ever heard of the Zune? Yeah that was me. I spent nearly a month working at an electronics factory in China. I learned enough Mandarin to say "Hello," "I don't speak Mandarin very well," and "Beer."

I like to write. I don't write nearly as often as I ought to. I do keep a handwritten journal. I use a fountain pen to write in it.

I like football (Seahawks) and hockey (Devils); not so much basketball and baseball. Seriously, I'm like the only Seahawks fan in NJ. Totally. Unique. Snowflake.

I'm a good cook (almost ended up in culinary school a few years back).

I'm a Mac. I used to be a PC.

We're at twelve of fourteen, and I figure I'm going to call it there. The last two are kind of BS, there's no way to just work them into a profile like this. If you've made it this far, here's the list of punctuation marks:

- Period (.)
- Question Mark (?)
- Exclamation point (!)
- Ellipses (...)
- Comma (,)
- Colon (:)
- Semicolon (;)
- Hyphen (-, used between words, as in frat-boy)
- Quotation marks (")
- Apostrophe (')
- Dash (-, used to demarcate a parenthetical, less strong than actual parenthesis. I'm not going to get into the whole m- vs. n- dash thing...)
- Parantheses ()
- Brackets ([])
- Braces ({})

Brackets and braces didn't appear in this profile, they're really only for obscure cases, especially the latter. For those of you who were really looking forward to an inspired use of brackets: I'm sorry. I'll do better next time.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm an undergraduate student studying economics and mathematics at Rutgers. Yes, at age 33. A few years ago I realized I really was not into the whole software engineer thing, so I decided to finally get an undergrad degree.

Once I've wrapped up the ec/math thing, I plan on going into an economics PHd program. Why ec? Because I'm passionate about it, and I want to save the world. Plus: I'm a nerd.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Cooking: I got into cooking when I was living in Seattle, and it's something I really really enjoy. I'm pretty diverse with what I cook. If I had to point at some specialties, I'd say it's my meat sauce, my chili, and my barbecue.

Skating: I played ice hockey when I was a kid; I was a defenseman and a pretty good one. These days I'm much slower and less coordinated, mostly I just glide around the ice and flail at the puck with my stick. But it's still fun!

Beer: I like beer. I like all types of beer! From German to English to Belgian to American to... You get the idea. And not only do I like drinking it, but as I mentioned above, I like making it! Just like when you cook, the beer you make always tastes the best. I've got a ten gallon homebrew setup going, and I plan on brewing up a storm this coming Spring.

Politics. I'm a politics junky. And even more than that, I am a public-policy wonk. I can describe the issues surrounding healthcare in this country in great detail, and I can probably also wax poetic about any number of other public policy issues. Probably right about here is a good place to slip this in: I'm very liberal, if you're a conservative type person the odds are good we aren't going to get along.

Lifting Heavy Things: Jeff Strong!

Making shit up: Hi I'm Jeff and I've got Male Answer Syndrome. I'm trying to recover...
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
What a fascinating question! Partially this is an exercise in self-assessment, viz, an opportunity to demonstrate a realistic yet healthy view of myself. It's partially a form of projection, a way to advertise traits that I think members of the opposite sex would find attractive. I wonder how much of this answer can be used to manipulate the perceptions of people who end up meeting me. E.g., if I say the first thing people notice is my broad shoulders, does that make it more likely that in person I'm perceived as broad shouldered?

... I just overthought this one, didn't I? Dang. I guess I still owe you an answer - I'm going to go with my receding hairline. What? Don't hate.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Rather than favorites (which are multitude), here's some recent stuff I've enjoyed:

Books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz. My favorite writer - and here I'm in good company with every other precocious, pretentious dude out there - is David Foster Wallace. RIP. :(

Movies I've watched recently: Zero Dark Thirty, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (old-ish favorite), Eurotrip.

TV Shows I'm currently following: Person of Interest, Elementary, Castle, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Homeland. Dude, I spend all day working on ec and math; I need my brain candy.

Music: I'm pretty much an indie and alt rock guy. Metric, Decembrists, Muse, Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, the list goes on and on...

Food: I live to eat.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Dogs. I've had dogs my entire life, except for maybe one three year window. Currently I've got an American Eskimo named Turner. He's not good for much except shedding and being exceedingly happy, but I love him anyway.

Wikipedia. I like learning, and I like pissing away time on the internet. Two great tastes that go great together!

My Kindle: Too many books taking up too much space, otherwise.

My friends - never a finer group of people has there been. They keep me grounded, while occasionally reminding me that I am sometimes as awesome as I consider myself to be.

My sense of humor. Because sometimes you just have to laugh.

Parentheticals: As if you haven't noticed! I couldn't possibly write or think without them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
- Schoolwork. Hey, it goes with the territory! My 4.0 GPA doesn't earn itself!
- Politics. See above.
- Beer. You know the cliche about women at a shoe store? That's me at a beer store.
- Girls. Because, like, duh.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Making dinner. After that? Who knows! Playing hockey, hanging out with my brother and friends, trying to find a bar with a passable tap list (Current King: Maloney's in Matawan), messing with my dog... The list goes on and on.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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President Bartlett of TV's The West Wing is, in no small part, my inspiration for the whole economist thing.

Currently my favorite word is "pulchritudinous."
You should message me if
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MLK once said of his romantic aspirations - and I'm paraphrasing here - that he wanted a woman of character, intelligence, and beauty. I think that's a pretty good way to go about it!

More specifically: you're looking for a guy who has his shit together, you've got your shit together, and you're not going to judge me if I go a teensy bit overboard when cooking you dinner.