Most people call me Kevin. This is not a coincidence.
Up to this point in my life, I feel two things have most intensely shaped my development:
I'm proud to say I was born and raised in NJ (greatest state in the union). I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty defensive when it comes to New Jersey. I try to dispel stereotypes and rumors. For example, unlike the cast of Jersey Shore, I don't GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry). That's completely the wrong order. Everyone knows you need to look good when you go pump iron, so I usually tan and do my laundry before I go to the gym. Kidding aside, the Jersey Shore cast and the smell you get when you drive down the Turnpike are my sworn enemies. I'm a self-proclaimed NJ steward, so I'll probably turn you at some point.
For over the last ten years running has been a very important and formative part of my life. I was fortunate enough to run in college and meet some seriously badass people while doing so. Although it's a simple sport I think it teaches and enforces some positive attributes. It's definitely a sport where you need to put in countless hours of work and passion if you intend to succeed on a competitive level.
Let's try one of those digests:
-I'm a morning person. It's great to wake up early and accomplish something productive to get a head start on the day. When I was a young'n I used to think the mornings were more safe because all the criminals and thugs would be sleeping from their long nights.
-When chatting online I use emoticons at nearly the same frequency as a prepubescent teen. :) This is my cross to bear. (As an aside, I also overuse parentheses to add ancillary, but mostly unexciting information).
-I think that family and close friends are an integral and absolutely necessary part of life. People you can share life experiences with... probably the most important thing. Who'd want to go through life alone? For this reason, I try to hold myself to a higher standard when it comes to kindness, compassion, trust, and loyalty. I mean, I'm no saint, but it really doesn't kill ya to try to be a good person.
-I love being outside, going on bike rides (especially on sunny spring and summer days), camping, and road-tripping.
-Since moving to the Bay Area I play soccer 3-4 times a week. Mostly pickup and informal leagues, but I also play with a futsal team (a form of indoor soccer).