24 Des Moines, IA
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My self-summary
Hello, visitor!

I spent the better part of an hour and a half trying to come up with an incredible hook at the top of my profile. Arguing with myself that oblique references to Ovid were far too pretentious or that references to Jean Valjean or Rocket Man were too cheesy or transcribing how aliens would evaluate me or my plans to defend a random Indiana high school from the zombie apocalypse was just too nerdy, and that many other avenues for self-description were already contained below.

So instead, I chose to give you an look at some of that inner turmoil in my ridiculous overthinking brain. That's me - a guy muddling through as best he can.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a data analyst, logistics consultant, event planner and grant writer for a national education non-profit in the Des Moines area. I volunteer as an assistant debate coach for a local high school and have been introduced as an assistant youth minister at my parish (though no such title exists; it's all volunteer work).
I’m really good at
...well, I'm not so good at bragging, so I asked a panel of friends to help me answer the question. I got back the following:

Those make me blush a little and I dispute one or two of them. I guess I think that if you put a song in a good key for me, I can sing decently enough (but I have a small range), and I can keep a complex storyline in my head pretty well.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Almost anything by Orson Scott Card, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, I like John Grisham's novels (but they're getting a bit predictable; at least the lawyer ones are. Calico Joe was brilliant).

Movies: The Breakfast Club, It's a Wonderful Life, Toy Story, Fletch, the Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, The Avengers, Across the Universe, The Karate Kid, 21, Pete's Dragon

TV: The West Wing, Doctor Who, Star Trek (every variety; favorite - DS9), The Dick Van Dyke Show, Sherlock, Smallville

Music: Eagles, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, CCR, Dawes, Five for Fighting

Food: Can't go wrong with a simple cheeseburger...well, unless you actually put cheese on it.

Drama: - Stage performance is a big thing in my family, so among my favorite plays and musicals are: Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha, Macbeth, 1776, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof.
The six things I could never do without
1. Caffeine
2. Spell-Check
3. My car - I think I take for granted the ability to drive where I need to go
4. My family
5. Debate
6. My cellphone, computer, smoke signals or other ways to communicate with friends far away.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
ASPEC, philosophy, religion, law and politics, whether the line in the Green Lantern movie "The bigger you are the faster you burn" corresponds to an accurate reading of Newtonian physics, characters in books, movies and TV shows, how Mulan is NOT a Disney princess, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
at a high school debate tournament judging and coaching, at home with Netflix and dinner, or out with friends for dinner and a movie.
You should message me if
You think we'd hit it off.

Oh, and some poetry:

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"
-John Greenleaf Whittier

"So often times it happens / that we live our lives in chains / and we never even know we have the key."

"Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known?
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I'll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me."