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26 Providence, RI Man


I’m looking for

  • Women
  • Ages 24–35
  • Near me
  • For new friends, short-term dating

My Details

Last Online
Online now!
5′ 6″ (1.68m)
Body Type
Mostly other
Other, and somewhat serious about it
Sagittarius, and it’s fun to think about
Working on Ph.D program
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Arabic (Fluently)

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My self-summary
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If I like you, I will never timidly ask permission to kiss you - I'm just gonna go for it. I'll go slow though so you have enough time to slap me across the face if you're really not feeling it.

In life, my most liberating realization has been that most of the shit that most people do is learned behavior, rather than chosen behavior. If I ever score the hilarious honor of sitting in a cafe or a restaurant within ear-shot of a first-date, it always amazes me the show people try to put on for each other. The way one date always seems to have the power; the way the other checks his or her personality at the door and mindlessly supplicates, trying to impress. I can relate, truly - but I also feel lucky to recognize the invisible rules - so I can break the ones that don't speak to me.

So if we do cross paths, dear reader, know that It's much better for both of us if we share ourselves honestly. If we click, that's awesome. If not, no hard feelings either way - you don't have what I'm looking for, I don't have what you're looking for.
What I’m doing with my life
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I am distinctly NOT a laid-back guy.

I like to think of myself as a cultural translator - in my career, I travel to the Middle East and North Africa to learn about ways of thinking and the reasons behind those ways of thinking. Then, I write about it so people in my own country can understand. It's challenging work, and it takes skill and care. But it's a fucking blast.

My current platform for this work is as a Ph.D student in Political Science at Brown. I'll be in Providence until the summer, but then am heading off to Tunisia for a 9-month adventure, before returning to Providence June 2016.

I have no rules but if you are absolutely in the "long term dating or bust" category, I'm probably not your guy - at least not this year.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Analyzing social situations. Distinguishing between different shades of colors that are only slightly off. Sniffing out bullshit. Empathizing with people. Giving advice. Understanding culture. .
The first things people usually notice about me
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Big brown eyes. Zany sense of humor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: Discipline and Punish, The Road to Serfdom, The Phantom Tollbooth, Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah (if you know what is - automatic response).

Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars, My Cousin Vinny, Superbad, Lord of the Rings, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Casablanca, The Matrix, Field of Dreams

Music: There are too many artists to name, but my taste is super eclectic. From jazz, to classic rock, to country, to Libyan political protest rap, most music speaks to me in some way. Also have a love for bluegrass

Shows: Al Jazeera, Kitchen Nightmares.

Food: Ethnic food. In no particular order: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Yemeni, Tunisian.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1) Love
2) Friendship
3) Intellectual stimulation.
4) Laughter
5) Music
6) Tea.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
why dragons exist in the mythology of so many different cultures that had no contact. If you can give me a well thought-out argument on this point, I'll guarantee a response.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
out with friends - usually for a drink or a movie. When I can't do that, I've usually got my head in one of the many books that I get paid to read.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I fucking love Star Wars
You should message me if
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You can challenge me a little. Sincerity and kindness is of course a prerequisite, but it's much more fun if we can exchange ideas. I have a very unique sense of humor - it will make things much easier if we're on the same wavelength there. Know who you are, own it - and I may fall for you. Even if I don't, I will respect you immensely.

Would also be pumped to hear from you if you know what a Tuareg is.