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ThatPuzzleGuy

29 M San Francisco, CA

My Details

Last Online
Aug 18
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other, and laughing about it
Sign
Scorpio, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Technology
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently)

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My self-summary
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Native Connecticuter who arrived in San Francisco in 2008 by way of England, upstate New York, and Chicago, and plans to stay here a while. Game developer and puzzle addict who's trying to get more out of life.

For further information, read the rest of my profile.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm a Flash game developer and, aside from the typical frustrations of programming, I very much like my work and my company. I swear, I'm not trying to ruin San Francisco.

When I'm not doing that, I spend a lot of time solving puzzles of most stripes, which isn't always a solo activity. The puzzling community is a great one and I do a lot of hunts, tournaments, room-escape games, and conventions, whether in the Bay Area or further afield. I also construct puzzles occasionally, though that's waned in recent years.

I also watch sports, attend pub quizzes, take long walks, and enjoy many other activities that are known for being activities that people enjoy.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Puzzles, particularly crosswords. I'm quite certain I passed that 10,000-hour threshold years ago.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My red hair, probably; I am what is technically known as a Daywalker [1]. My vocal volume is proportional to my mood, and I'm liable to pun at any moment.

[1] E. Cartman, 2005
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: I wish I spent more time digging into my large reading backlog, but I tend to dig into my comically large puzzle backlog instead. I'm trying, though. Last ones finished were Ready Player One and Stephen Tobolowsky's The Dangerous Animals Club. Currently awaiting in the carousel: Moonwalking with Einstein, Lunatics (Dave Barry/Alan Zwiebel), Lexicon (Max Barry; this one was a gift but it sounds interesting).

Movies: I usually like comedies; I like them smart but can do with a dumb one sometimes. I've been collecting the MST3K box sets despite actually finding the time to watch very few of them. Films whose quotes frequently come to my mind unbidden: Airplane!, Clue, Major League, My Cousin Vinny, UHF...

TV: Comedy here too. I'm trying to watch less by cutting out shows I don't really enjoy, but these will definitely stay in the rotation: The Big Bang Theory*, Daily Show/Colbert/@midnight, Parks and Rec, Modern Family, Archer, Sunny, Louie, The League, South Park. Also, That Mitchell & Webb Look, like most British comedy, is utter genius but BBC America never seems to show it anymore.

* A lot of my friends really hate this show. Me, I just like to turn my brain off once in a while and have some cheap laughs without thinking about what it means for nerdhood. So there.

Music: I love garage rock, hard rock, melodic/speed metal (I stop well short of the really dark death stuff)... I think I could live in Scandinavia just for the concerts. The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric, Gluecifer, Turbonegro, Backyard Babies, The Hives, Hardcore Superstar, Mustasch, Kvelertak...

Food: I imagine my tastes are not atypical for a 30ish male. Plus this section is long enough.
The six things I could never do without
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Puzzles. I think I've pretty much hammered this one home by now.

Exercise. It's probably a stretch to call myself a gym rat, but it's important that I work this in. It helps my sleep and my mood. A ritual that's become important to me, at least during DST, is walking the two miles home from work while listening to the ballgame (I endure the Sisyphean nightmare that is Atlanta Braves fanhood, and, for the record, I don't like the Chop either). One fact I'm proud of is that I weigh about forty pounds less than I did at the start of 2013.

Humor. A good comedy show or banter with friends is always a good lift. On a nice Saturday or Sunday by myself, I'll combine this with the previous item by taking a long walk all around town with a few episodes of the Never Not Funny podcast.

My favorite music. Also good for nicely pulverizing a bad mood. I have to try very hard to keep from irritating my co-workers with desk drumming.

Alone time. I like having a decently full calendar and in general I'm trying to say yes to more things, but I'm also thankful for those weeknights when I can just come home and watch TV or clean or play a video game or something.

Chapstick. Just kidding.

Hockey. I'm a big sports fan in general, but dammit, hockey is just awesome. And it'll be even better when the Hartford Whalers make their triumphant return. [blasts Brass Bonanza]
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The puzzling portion of my brain never quite turns off. I never know when a potential crossword theme or amusing bit of wordplay will hit me.

I also think a lot about how I can be a better person. Sometimes this is to my detriment, as I mull over mistakes and regrets. Other times, though, it's productive and leads to positive changes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Going with whatever comes up.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'm my own worst critic. By a wide margin.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 24–35
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
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You want to swap a few messages and then, if we're still interested, meet up. I'd eventually like a relationship (I'm not here to look for detached hook-ups), but I plan to get there slowly. So let's just see where it goes, hmm?