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34 M Baltimore, MD

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Today – 3:34am
6′ 4″ (1.93m)
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Strictly anything
Working on Ph.D program
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English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay)

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My self-summary
Quote: (Yes I realize this is not a yearbook)

"I'm a rap fan who never saw a jam rock the park in the Bronx, but I still snap skulls in the dark."
- Posdnuos

This line actually does a nice job of the summarizing. That was easy.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology and working on a study involving child nutrition in India. This has been a great experience, as it's allowed me to go to Hyderabad on 3 separate occasions for about a month at a time. (October '10, October '13, and Jan-Feb '14)

I also DJ reggae/hip-hop/breaks/general niceness at dancehalls a couple times a month, and have been doing so since I was 17. Last time I was in India, I took a side trip to Delhi and DJ'd at a reggae club there. It was my first time spinning on another continent.
I’m really good at
- I really like fresh vegetables, and I am good at eating and preparing them. My table manners are impeccable. I used to suck at growing vegetables, but my skills improve with each season. Summer of 2014 will produce a bounty of tomatoes, the likes of which you have never seen.*

- I enjoy tile-setting and I'm very good at it, but I'm below average at grouting. Moreover, I can think of at least 1.7 million things I'd rather do.

- I've been DJing for a looong time.

* -- unless you have been to a farmers' market, or a farm at any point in your life, or really any home where the gardener is skilled above the level of bare competence.
The first things people usually notice about me
Tall? Cool new watch? Probably the band that follows me around playing my theme music.

If I'm on my bike, it's probably the bike because it is pretty damn fresh. (How fresh is it?) So fresh that the tall guy riding atop it, wearing a cool watch and being followed by a band might escape your notice at first glance.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors: Adam Roberts, Colson Whitehead, Margaret Atwood, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, David Wong, Ishmael Reed, Nick Harkaway... I tend to gravitate towards fiction with elements of sci-fi/horror/comedy/general weirdness. If I liked "100 Years of Solitude," does that make me a Marquez busta? (I know: groooan. I'm not sorry though.)

Music: jungle/dnb, hip-hop, reggae, dancehall (esp. 90s soundbwoy killas), funk, soul, breakbeat, electro, blues, bossa nova, afro-beat e.g.: Top Cat, Don Carlos, Bounty Killer, Pete Rock & CL, Wu, Heather B, MOP, James Brown, Barry Brown, Supercat, Betty LaVette, Betty Wright, Wendy Rene, Soom T, Fugees, Nasty Nas, UGK, 10 ft Ganja Plant (!), Fela Kuti, Lee Jackson, Deekline & Ed Solo, Defkline & Red Polo, Hieroglyphics, Latyrx, Barrington Levy ... As I write this (Jan '14), I'm in the midst of an epic Gang Starr listening-session -- I celebrate their entire catalog.

Currently feeling this track pretty hard.

I'm also a somewhat recent fan of new-ish heavy-ish garage-type artists, e.g.: Ty Seagall, Mikal Cronin, Dirtbombs, Jay Reatard, Weird War/Scene Creamers/Make-up. I'm not hugely knowledgeable here, so I'd appreciate recommendations if you have them.

Food: Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Ethiopian, Sushi, any/all Mediterranean, any/all Caribbean. I could go on.

As long and boring as this section is currently, it was at least 75% longer and boring-er before I deleted a bunch of stuff. Such is the plight of someone so... effusive.. about his interests.
The six things I could never do without
I had a list of things here that were supposed to be funny, but ended up being more like inside jokes with myself. Everyone hates this question anyways. Literally everyone.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Finally finishing up this degree, and never setting foot anywhere near an academic institution ever again.

This might sound more negative than my feelings of my experience would reflect. I'm very happy with it and wouldn't change anything. But it's become clear to me that I am wholly unsuited for a career in academia.
On a typical Friday night I am
"...doper than heroin, so just take my name in vein."

Actually, to answer the question, I'm often DJing on Friday. If not, I'm usually engaging in some form of recreation with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I cannot get enough of the song "Radar Love" by Golden Earring, nor the awesome cover by WhitesnakeWhite Lion.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 28–42
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Go for it! I'm going to be in India until mid February '14, so if you want a sari or sash or some spices or something you have until then to let me know. Relatedly, when you hear of the great Indian spice shortage of 2014, you shall know exactly how it came to pass. (Spellcheck doesn't seem to think "relatedly" is a word. I beg to differ.) (UPDATE: I'm back. And I bought most of the saffron and some of the cardamom.)

I get the sense that I'm pretty easy to get along with. Aside from the obvious toxic personality traits (racism, homophobia, general excess haterade) only one or two things will cause me to give someone the side-eye up front.

For example: Alhough my music is very important to me, there's no reason we couldn't get along smashingly if rap/hip-hop/reggae isn't your thing (no side-eye there -- I'm not a monster after all). But I cannot deal with the "I like everything but rap" set. (Really? You like Norse Doom Metal and Hungarian polka-tech**? Why single hip-hop out?) Sideways-est of side-eyes right there.

But honestly if it this is how a person thinks, she'd probably give me her own side-eye and a big NOOOPE! at the summary before hurriedly clicking away to check out the dude who is more spiritual (not that there can't be other reasons to do this). Thus, I will assume that if you made it this far, such is not your M.O..

So yeah. Drop me a line if you weren't bored to tears reading this verbose missive. If nothing else, I enjoyed writing it. Definitely contact me if you'd like to hear some of Jamaica's finest DJs boast about that one time they dispatched some other, vastly inferior DJs with style, ease, and efficiency. I can make that happen.

**I'm not sure if this exists, but now I'm curious to know what it would sound like.