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My self-summary
Music junkie.
In-house tech deal lawyer by day.
World traveler (in progress).
Lover of high art and pop culture, in equal measures.
Pragmatic liberal.
Curious agnostic from a Catholic, Pittsburgh-area family.
Wanderer (but not lost).
Been in SF 3+ years, and think I've I've finally found a home.
What I’m doing with my life
Moved to SF in late January 2012 to take a job at a prominent technology company in the South Bay. In March 2013, I was lucky enough to start working for one of the most influential and innovative companies in SF (and the world) right now.

I cut my teeth (career-wise) doing entertainment deals (primarily in the music biz), but am loving the daily challenges that have accompanied my transition to the tech space. After an extended period of way too much moving around, I'm thrilled to be exactly where I want to be (both professionally and personally).
I’m really good at
Seeking out great sounds, communications skills (reading/writing), cutting to the chase (not a huge fan of small talk and beating around the bush) and keeping an open mind about people. I used to be really good at playing the sax, though it's been a while (but my artistic side is still there, if you pay attention).
The first things people usually notice about me
Rapier wit?
Keen intellect?
Well-groomed beard?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
These ones are the toughest for me (if you've seen "High Fidelity," I share Rob's difficulty in narrowing things down to a "Top _" list). To take the pressure off, this is just a top-of-the-head sampler:

BOOKS - Faulkner, Rushdie, Dostoyevksy and Shakespeare are the all-stars (I was an English major back in the day). I also really like Murakami. Recent (and this is relative) favorites include "The Marriage Plot," but I also enjoyed the "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy and "The Hunger Games" (I know, I know -- catching up on literary fiction is one of my ongoing goals). Currently making my way through David Shafer's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" -- so far, so good.

MOVIES - All-time favorite is probably "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." But I also love me some Apatow/Ferrell-style comedies (e.g., "Old School," "I Love You, Man," and of course "Anchorman" -- yes, even the sequel). If you catch me in the right mood, I can also get into a foreign flick ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"? Phenomenal). 2014 favs included "Whiplash" and "Boyhood" (which was robbed in the Oscars!). And I refuse to go to any theater but the Kabuki.

MUSIC - Ugh. The hardest one. I love good music of all genres (though commercial country is still hard for me to stomach). Radiohead is my favorite active band, bar none. The second tier, however, is massive - The National, TVOTR, Mikal Cronin, Spoon, Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Muse, Metric, Phoenix, etc. ELLIOT. SMITH. (R.I.P.). Then there's hip hop (Roots, Talib/Mos, Nas, Kanye, Lupe, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, KENDRICK...) and electronic/dance/chill (LCD, Daft Punk, Justice, Groove Armada, RJD2, Air, M83, Cut Copy, Boards of Canada...). And how can you deny pop superstars like JT and Bruno Mars? Love the classic Brit bands as well, especially the Stones, Blur, Oasis and the granddaddy of them all, The Beatles.

FOOD - I love it all (and consider myself a "foodie" without the pretension), but developed quite a taste for great sushi and authentic Mexican while living in LA. As I'm a Pittsburgh boy, though, I'm still a sucker for some hearty Italian or meat & potatoes.
The six things I could never do without
(I'm going to use "things" in a very broad sense... and not in order of importance:)

1. My family (Mom, Dad, sister - and nieces!)
2. My friends (spread out across the country/world)
3. Love, and the pursuit thereof
4. A fulfilling career
5. Movies (and, hell, great TV too)
6. iPhone (mostly because of the music it connects me to)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Anything and everything, I'm an (over?) analyzer and a ponderer (the meaning of life, where to go to lunch, coming up with a great idea to launch my inevitable start-up, etc.)...
On a typical Friday night I am
Maybe a nice dinner with a friend (or a date, hint, hint...), but I really love a post-work Friday movie night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
This seems better saved for a first meeting, wouldn't you agree?
You should message me if
You are looking to meet someone to date (and maybe a true partner, if all goes well) and are intrigued by what you see/read here.