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My self-summary
"My mother used to say to me 'Elwood, in this world you can be O so smart, or O so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart... I recommend pleasant."

I had a laughably wholesome upbringing in a town that (at the time) amounted to little more than a paved spot in a North Texas cow pasture. I grew up damn near convinced that not only was the world flat, but that anyone who crossed the county line fell off the edge (seriously, we never saw those people again!) I left after high school myself, and haven’t yet bothered going back to disabuse kids who think as I did.

I've rambled across the country a fair bit. Driver's License has seen a lot of use. Even have a stamp or two in my Passport. Eventually the wind blew me to New York City, and it doesn't look like I'll ramble on any time soon.

I love the outdoors. If I have a little free time I'll jump on my bike and see how far I can get before my legs want to fall off. If I have a lot of free time, I'll throw a sleeping bag and some food into a backpack (never a tent, tents are for weenies) and go for a three day hike. I enjoy these activities, but have little to no interest in doing them in any organized manner (no road races for me anytime soon.) (EDITORS NOTE: This has changed. I recently signed up for my first road race... dammit.)

I make a point not to pretend to be anything I'm not, and see no reason to oversell in this space. That said, I think I’m OK looking (and have provided convenient photo evidence). I keep myself clean cut, and my beard neatly trimmed. I wear jeans, T-shirt, and a leather jacket basically all the time (except summer, when I leave the jacket at home) Ten fingers, ten toes, etc. I’m reasonably intelligent, politically independent, loyal to a fault, scrupulously polite, and generally remember to take my hat off indoors.

In short, I'm awesome. And you should totally message me.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm on a never-ending quest to minimize the differences between the man I am, and the man I want to be. A co-worker recently told me he views me as "a guy who has his shit together." So I guess I have some people fooled.

Professionally: I'm a lawyer. One might think that makes the "Jeans and a T-Shirt basically all the time" thing difficult. Well, I'm not that kind of lawyer.

Personally: I'm into everything and everything. I've used the phrase "attention span of a ferret on amphetamines" before. And I will again because I like it. Pretty much any idea someone has will sound like the best evening ever to me. Left to my own devices, I will probably find a bar with live music, or a street fair, or get on my bike and see where the trails go.
I’m really good at
-I have a pretty good grip on the difference between "your" and "you're." Which, if this site is to be believed, would seem to be the single most valuable skill I could possess in order to meet women. As an added bonus, I can also manage "there," "their," and "they're." (I feel like "its" and "it's" would just be extra credit at this point.)
- Navigating NYC on my bike.
- performing a miraculous 5-pie comeback at trivial pursuit. (Does that game even still use pies? The versions I play are pretty old.)
- I've also been known to pull off the miraculous 30-peg comeback at cribbage. (Bonus points if you know how to play).
- building a campfire. I know far too many professed campers who don't know how to do this.
-deadpan sarcasm (The best kind. It's sneaky.)
- lifting heavy objects, opening jars, killing spiders and other practical stuff.
The first things people usually notice about me
These days, the shaved head.

I'm told I look "Intense" a lot... I'm OK with this.

I'm also told I remind people of Ron Swanson. To the point that I had to actually start watching the damn show after about the 5th person told me that. I've since learned he is a great man, and hope to carry the mantle with the honor it deserves.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Top fives, currently, and in no particular order.

1.) Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
2.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (much more cathartic than the movie if you find yourself needing that kind of thing.)
3.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
4.) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
5.) The Obnoxious Jerks by Stephen Manes

...That last pick is no joke. I first read it in 6th grade and I've made sure I've had a copy of it on my bookshelf ever since. It's out of print now so when I inevitably wear out my current copy I may be in trouble.

1.) Guardians of the Galaxy
2.) When Harry Met Sally
3.) Harvey
4.) Inception
5.) Die Hard

... I won't even try to romanticize that last pick. I'm a guy.

TV Shows:
1.) Parks and Rec
2.) Cutthroat Kitchen
3.) Game of Thrones
4.) Sons of Anarchy
5.) Scrubs is my current Netflix binge.

Concerts I've been to most recently:
1.) Zac Brown Band
2.) Someboady's Darling
3.) Geroge Strait
4.) Whoever was playing at the bar I was at the other night
5.) Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers, which apparently consists of all the same people as Harry and the Potters.

I feel like there aren't any interesting picks on that list. This may speak to how generic my music tastes actually are... moving on.

Favorite Dishes:
1.) Roast Leg of Lamb with Couscous (and Mint Jelly),
2.) Chicken Teriyaki with Broccoli and White Rice, (growing up, my mother would use Jeff Smith's recipe. I do the same)
3.) the Turkey and Spinach Enchiladas per an old family recipe (which I have dutifully stolen)
4.) Slow Cooked Pork with Mac and Cheese and Sauteed Spinach.
5.) Red Beans and Rice (from a recipe frantically copied while watching Good Eats).

Man this exercise has just shown me how restricting a top five list actually is. I had so many good candidates for each category. I'm sure if you were to ask me in person, I'd give different lists depending on my mood at the time.
The six things I could never do without
Yeah, yeah. I like to think I'm resourceful enough that I could do without almost anything. But that answer defeats the spirit of the question so here we go:

My Bike: My not-so-secret goal in life is get never ride the subway again.

A well-stocked kitchen: I love to cook. I'll just say that kitchen stores are very dangerous places for me to hang out. (I'm as bad there as most guys are at Best Buy).

My Laptop: I confess, I'm hopelessly addicted to the internet. I used to bring a lot of work home, but I've since changed jobs. Now the laptop is pretty much just an internet machine.

Books: I always have a book in progress. Long subway rides in the morning and evening would be torture without at least one. The selection available on Kindle has been failing me lately and I've even had to go back to low-tech paper books. (gasp!)

Netflix: Seriously, what did we do before we could rent movies without leaving home. I don't even have to put on pants if I don't want to.

Pants: Come to think of it, I've never left my house without wearing them, and am currently trying to extend that streak as long as possible. I'd be pretty disappointed if I were to mess it up now.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What to write in the few messages I send on this site. (Though I'm increasingly convinced I shouldn't do that. I should just go with whatever I'm thinking and hope for the best.)

Why, after the "10 hot dogs/8 buns" dichotomy had become so engrained in our cultural consiousness that no one has laughed at the joke in at least 20 years, did the makers of certain premium brands decide it would be a good idea to market their franks in packages of 7? Seriously? SEVEN?!!! I can only interpret this as intentional nose-thumbing by wiener marketers.

I believe it was the great philosopher Calvin, who dared ask the immortal question that has plagued mankind for ages: "What's the point of wearing your favorite rocket-ship underpants if no one ever asks to see them?"
On a typical Friday night I am
Either punching lions in the face to feel a thrill, or making up outlandish claims about myself.
You should message me if
...You won't hate me for living in Queens (For reference, Ridgewood shares a border with Bushwick. I have the same love/hate relationship with the L train you Brooklynites do.)

...You want to check out the bike trails with me

...You can explain to me what it was Elizabeth saw in Mr. Darcy... Maybe I'm reading it wrong?

...You think any of these sounds like good date ideas: Dance Class, Wine Class, Art Auction, Drinks and groping.