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Joel555

40 Springfield, MA Man

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I’m looking for

  • Everyone
  • Ages 26–46
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My details

Last online
Today – 5:45am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body type
Thin
Diet
Vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from law school
Job
Law
Income
$70,000–$80,000
Status
Single
Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English
My self-summary
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Easy-going lawyer, curious intellectual, and unabashed nerd. I read widely, listen to NPR, write, enjoy sharing my take on life and hearing the stories of others. I'm somewhat quiet and introverted, but animated around those I like. I'm an atheist, rationalist, pro-science, leftist. I'm generally upbeat and even keeled. I'm reliable, responsible, and stable, but not unadventurous, old-fasioned, or boring. I've had a blast at Burning Man and related events. I hike, bike, swim, work out, and generally enjoy the outdoors. I do not watch sports on TV or hang out in bars, though I like to play sports and appreciate a good drink. I grew up mostly on Cape Cod, lived in Boston for five years, and moved to Springfield twelve years ago.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm a lawyer for indigent parents and children, which is crazy at times but exactly the type of work I wanted to do, especially after growing up in poverty. I have family and fun friends in the area. A few years ago, I bought a nice house. I have a pretty full and satisfying life, but would welcome some romance, and I'm always up for meeting new friends who can make me laugh, make me think, and make me happy just being there.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I can click my fingers like nobody's business. I hear that's called a fillip. I like to think of myself as a good lawyer, a decent writer and badminton player. A kid once called me "the bestest, most wonderful go-play-baller in the whole world" but generally I'm content to live without superlatives.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Physically, I'm the guy in the pictures. I'm tall, lanky, and nonthreatening. I could hang out in the most rundown parts of Springfield everyday and never be offered drugs or hassled by cops, which works out just peachy since I'm not looking for either.

When I start talking, and I'm not being too darn quiet, people are likely to describe me as smart, intellectual, thoughtful, observant, funny, and "different".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Some of my favorite books: Catcher in the Rye, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, anything by David Sedaris, Mary Roach, a fair share of Marxist books, and a generous helping of comic books (Warren Ellis, Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker and many more). I just finished The Massive by Brian Wood, about a crew of radical environmentalists at the end of the world, and it was awesome. I'm eagerly waiting for the end of Saga by Brian K Vaughn, so I can binge read its brilliance.

I alternate between books like Science in History, The Making of the English Working Class, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Studies in English Prudery, and Enrique's Journey (a true story about a boy who rides the rails across Mexico to find his mother in America)... and humorous, lighter books like The Men Who Stare at Goats, I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil (and I Want to Be Your Class President), and Bossypants (Tina Fey). I'm currently reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, because why wouldn't I want to read a 607 page novel about a low-key unemployed lawyer whose cat goes missing?

Movies: Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Knocked Up, Office Space, The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, Amelie, Army of Darkness, most things by Kevin Smith.

TV: Battlestar Gallactica, Lost, Firefly, Mythbusters, Nova ScienceNow, Daily Show, Colbert, South Park, Adult Swim, Adventure Time, Simpsons, The Office, Trailer Park Boys, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Misfits, The Walking Dead, Wilfred, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad.

I have over 12000 songs on my iTunes but some of my favorites are: The Beatles, Beck, Cake, Cowboy Mouth, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Fiona Apple, Jethro Tull, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rilo Kiley, They Might Be Giants, Tool, and The Who.

Recent additions: The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Beats Antique, Blind Pilot, The Black Keys, The Dodos, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Grouplove, Nicole Atkins, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, The Head and the Heart, Agnes Obel, Christina Perri, Rodrigo y Gabriella, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, and Winterpills.

When I have free time, I listen to NPR, This American Life, WNYC's Radiolab, Serial, Start Up, Dan Savage, Skeptoid, and The Onion.

I enjoy Scrabble, Magic: the Gathering, occasional video games.

I am a lifelong vegetarian because my mom was a hippie when I was growing up and now I don't like the taste of meat. I don't have a problem with others eating meat. I like fruit, vegetables, beans and rice, pasta, tofu, chocolate, ice cream - lots of stuff, generally healthy, but no meat.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Meaningful human contact, a good book, my iMac with fast internet, a career with purpose and effect, some way to not get lost, time to enjoy life.
You should message me if
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you find me interesting and live within 20 miles of Springfield.

Feel free to say hello if you think we might "click" on some level and enjoy each other's company.

I like to keep things positive, but if you were to look at my profile in reverse, for deal breakers, we probably would NOT be a good match if the following apply:

You smoke cigarettes, other than very rare occasions.
You’re conservative or old fashioned.
You're looking for someone to have kids with.
You’re very religious or spiritual.
You believe strongly in “alternative medicine” or other woo (astrology, homeopathy, Reiki, anti-vaccination, etc). Tim Minchin says it brilliantly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtYkyB35zkk
You have chronic depression or another persistent mental health issue. I’m not going to be happy with someone who is generally unhappy with everything and everyone, other than maybe their cat or knitting. No Eeyores, please. Other than that, I’m open to meeting new people and seeing how we connect.