I'm just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit. I moved to NYC last year for Grad school, and so far I am really enjoying it here. Most of my days are spent studying or trying to squeeze in a workout at the end of the day. I love to stay active and make a point to work out at least 3 times a week. For cardio, I'm addicted to playing racquetball. Unfortunately, I have had to give that up since moving to the city and settle for playing paddleball in my apartment ;) If you play racquetball and can bring me along, I'll most likely go ahead and make you my consigliere : )
Education is a priority in my life, whether it is formal or informal. Regardless of whether or not you are in school, I think it is important to always have something to work toward and always have a goal for personal improvement (this could be cooking, learning a new project, reading a book, whatever). It is important for me to be around someone who is self motivated as it makes me want to better myself.
The outdoors are something I find enjoyable, along with anything to do with nature and science. I grew up boating and fishing, although I can't do that now in NYC. I also enjoy getting out to check out farmers markets on the weekends.
Although I'm fine with going to bars, I prefer to limit my drinking to once every week or so. I find that it just takes too much time out of my life, (mostly the following day). I would rather stay in to cook with friends or go out to a dinner/show/farmers market, etc. I will admit that I love craft beer, so I have a hard time turning down a good IPA.
I really enjoy getting out and trying to see new places. It might be in the same town or a road trip away, but it is always an adventure to me! My most recent adventure was in NYC where in one day I: walked 200 city blocks including central park, toured the Met, hung out in the ETSY headquarters, played in an underground ping-pong bar, ate Sichuan pepper for the first time (google it), and checked out a Burlesque show!
What I’m doing with my life
Currently attending dental school in New York City. It has proven to be much busier than I would like, but I'm getting better at balancing school with other activities.
I’m really good at
I'm really good with anything that is hands on and "do it yourself". I've done a huge variety of projects in my time. My favorite hobby is leather-working. Some of my projects include a hand sewn briefcase, wallets, purses, belts, etc. In the past I've done a lot of audio electronics and random crafts (I built a Rubiks cube using only dice and magnets). I am always looking for that next project!
Also, (I don't mean to brag here) I am a really, really ridiculously good cook. I enjoy making everything and I'm damn good at anything: BBQ, gourmet pizzas, Thai, French, Italian, Southern food, etc. Did I mention that I am a foodie? And, I roast my own coffee : )
The first things people usually notice about me
Either my red hair or my smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
-The Years Best Science Fiction - annual collections by Gardner
-Cooks Illustrated Magazine
The six things I could never do without
-A crafts project to work on
-Extra Polar Ice
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Really good food. I'm always looking exciting food around NYC. Although I am a foodie at heart, I watch what I eat for the majority of the week so I can splurge on the weekends.
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching Sex and The City while eating a quart of Haagen Dazs with
cotton balls wedged between my toes
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a moderate stutter. But, it doesn't affect my ability to
have a great conversation. I have known people for months before
they picked up on my stutter. People typically only pick up on it
in situations where I stutter more frequently, such as talking on
the phone or when introducing myself.
You should message me if
...if you are a foodie and/or chef. My favorite activity is getting together with good company to enjoy good food. I would prefer to stay in and cook a nice meal together, but I also love to go out and discover lesser-known restaurants that serve great food.
...if you consider yourself sarcastic, light-hearted and try your best to be positive in all situations. Also, please have a friendly and warm personality towards everyone. I'm really impressed with people who are courteous to others.
...if you can have a conversation outside of sports and/or T.V. shows. I still really enjoy watching sports and TV, but I'd rather be talking about a book you read, a weird science article, something new you learned, a hobby of yours; anything with some substance.