I keep a very level head, but I like a little chaos from time to time. Sometimes that plan to have a quiet dinner and head home needs to turn into drinking with the staff until 5am. Even if it's Tuesday. Especially if its Tuesday. I believe it's sometimes okay to do things where the results are unpredictable.
I don't think any of the above means I should be anything less than insanely considerate to my fellow man and woman.
It's possible we might have a few common interests. I like - and miss having - a big dog; there are few things in this world that I enjoy more than having a board gaming night with friends; imagining what cities will be like in both the near and far future. Fast cars and good whisky. Especially good whisky. I can talk for a long time about whisky. You've been warned.
I believe in meeting people, seeing we like each other, and then seeing what comes from it.
Early 2016: Previous updates talked about how the last few years of my life (and body) were being consumed by a startup I've been trying to sell. We came within 48 hours of selling it, and then everything seems to have crashed. It's not great, but it's had certain upsides: I'm working from home now, and I'm working less. This means I've had time to do things like visit museums in the evening, have drinks with friends, and most importantly, start going to the gym again on a regular basis. It's making me a better, happier, healthier person, and that's long overdue. I'm still a busy guy who needs a lot of alone time, but I think it means I can do a little better about keeping in touch and putting time into seeing someone. We're still trying to sell this sucker, but 2016 should be a very, very different year for me.
Until December of 2009, I worked in a building with no windows, and no women for almost six years. It was kind of like prison, except without the thrill of a daily cavity search. Nowadays I have a slightly more normal job. I work with all men still, but in an office with windows. This is all a long way of saying I'm in the computer industry...
Did I say "thrill"? I meant "fear"
Occasionally I'm wearing a "You can be my wingman any time" shirt
I have discovered the quickest way to turn a party into a group of angry people is to mention the book "Lean In" (which I don't think is entirely fair..)
Magazines: evo, The Economist.
Movies: The Professional will probably always be my favorite. I have a soft spot for a good comedy (e.g. Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and a good Bond movie, too. Any movie in which Kelly McGillis drives a Porsche 356 Speedster.
TV: Archer. Always and forever Archer. I also miss Happy Endings. I'm on a long-running quest to get my TV watching down to zero via not picking up new shows. Occasionally they slip through the cracks.
Music: (this rotates) Bill Withers @ Carnegie Hall, Santigold's Master of My Make-Believe, Snoop's Doggystyle, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and I'm definitely not above Taylor Swift or Ke$ha. Stones over Beatles. By a mile. I'm really sad I have yet to see Orbital or Underworld in concert. I've never listened to a bad Dave Seaman mix.
Also, Google Play doesn't lie, if you want to see what I *actually* listen to:
Food: I would probably live on a diet of fresh mango and smoked salmon, if it were practical. The fried, bacon-wrapped dates at Jaleo. Also: pineapple. I love anything and everything pineapple. Lastly: chicken biryani, fried bananas, mashed potatoes, cheeses.
Whisky: The Balvenie 15 is my absolute favorite; I've never had a bad bottle. Cask-strength Springbanks and Elijah Craig aren't far behind. There used to be more details here, but this should suffice, if you're curious: http://www.whiskybase.com/profile/justinmm2/collection
I also started a local whisky forum that's fairly active:
http://www.reddit.com/r/dcwhisky, and even more recently, an associated Twitter: https://twitter.com/dcwhisky
Beer: Sour in the Rye might be my favorite. A Tiny Beautiful Something. I've got an extensive cellar that should serve me well for years to come. Warning: I will bring Mang-o-Ritas to your party..
Probably on a rooftop.
I once got driven halfway across Istanbul at 3am to buy a $600 pack of gum. The evening that resulted in me needing titanium and some screws in my right arm I am a little happier to discuss, actually.
Also, I really love the taste of Red Bull. I wish they made a caffeine-free version so I could drink more of it. I'm told this is disgusting, and most people think it tastes like robot sweat.
I like a lot of really bad music (related: I also really like Top Gun). If it helps, I like a lot of really good music, too.
If you think Whisky Monday sounds like the great idea that it is.
You're the State Department. I can hook you up with loads of Arabic speakers.
You're accepting of the fact that I lack a religious affiliation, and plan to keep it that way.
You plan to stick around DC for a bit - kind of anticlimactic to meet people who can't wait to leave.
It's actually okay to write me if you're showing bountiful cleavage (hell, it's practically encouraged!) in all of your photos, but only if you don't claim the first thing people notice about you is your eyes.
Also, I have a (weird?) distaste for people whose lives revolve around parking/driving/traffic or TV schedules. Also: not saying I haven't done it before, but I find it to be kind of a turn-off when people take pride in binge watching TV..