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Joel555

39 M Springfield, MA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 8:15am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
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
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
Easy-going lawyer, curious intellectual, and unabashed nerd. I read widely, listen to NPR, write, and enjoy sharing my take on life and hearing the stories of others. I enjoy cartoons, comic books, video games, Scrabble, Magic: The Gathering, and sundry geeky things. I'm somewhat quiet and introverted, but animated around those I like. I'm an atheist, rationalist, pro-science, leftist. I'm cautious, but not unadventurous; I like trying new things and embracing experiences such as contra dancing, cross country skiing, and Burning Man. 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
I'm a lawyer for indigent parents and children. I love my job and appreciate where I am in life. I have some family and fun friends in the area. I recently bought a house, which was more work than I imagined but working out well. I'm dating an amazing woman, so at this point I'm just looking for additional friends who can make me laugh, make me think, and make me happy just being there.
I’m really good at
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
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, amusing, "different", and "nice".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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, a fair share of Marxist books, and a generous helping of comic books (Warren Ellis, Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker and lots more).

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 901 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, Simpsons, The Office, Family Guy, Trailer Park Boys, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Misfits, 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, 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, Dan Savage, Skeptoid, Rationally Speaking, The Bugle, and The Onion.

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
Meaningful human contact, a good book, my iMac with fast internet, a career with purpose and effect, a GPS so I don't get lost, time to enjoy life.
I’m looking for
  • Everybody
  • Ages 26–44
  • Near me
  • For new friends
You should message me if
you find me interesting and live within 20 miles of Springfield.

I primarily joined this site to find a new girlfriend and along the way I made some great new female friends and many interesting encounters. I don't expect we'll relate completely, but rather compliment each other, share a mutual appreciation and ability to offer something new. Feel free to say hello if you think we might "click" on some level and enjoy each other's company.