I can try to summarize myself until my fucking fingers bleed—and, believe me, I will, so I'm sorry in advance if you didn't come to an online dating site to read a novel drenched in finger-blood—but here's a start: for better or worse, people rarely find me boring.
I have this strange compulsion to meet other real humans and talk to them, so, seriously, send a message for literally any goddamn reason at all. Everything fascinates me.
Things I like: power chords, literature and good writing, video games, acting, history, not giving a fuck about anything, giving all the fucks about everything.
Things I despise: dishonesty, intolerance, anything you could loosely describe as "bullshit." I value straightforwardness and openness more than just about anything.
I usually see many sides of any argument or issue, so I mercilessly play devil's advocate, distrust extremism, and generally make shit way more complicated for myself than it needs to be. Wouldn't have it any other way.
Recently I've discovered that I'm the type to talk to strangers. Not in totally sketchy situations (thanks gaunt, sallow man offering me a beer out of a plastic bag in front of the Albany Greyhound station at 4PM, but I've *really* gotta run), but over time I've been amazed by how many fascinating little conversations you can have if you just get over this weird fucking hesitation most of us have to talk to people we haven't met before. It can be honestly pretty beautiful to find a little connection with someone random, even if you'll never speak to them again. And it gives me things to write lyrics about.
So let me tell you about a thing that's pretty representative of my overall attitude about life at this point. When I was a stupid teenager (says the 20-year-old), I used to be a little self-conscious about being on the short, skinny side for a guy—if by "a little self-conscious" you mean "actually an uncontrollable writhing mass of insecurity"—to the point where the idea of going out with or hooking up with a girl more than a tiny bit taller or heavier than me completely freaked me out. Then a few years ago I realized some important things: one, I'm not exactly representing the fucking Lollipop Guild over here, and meeting others with my growth disorder makes me realize I am actually DAMN lucky in many ways; two, that attitude would shut me off from at least like seventy-five or eighty percent of the females on this planet; three, being short comes with some major advantages: I never would have gotten into rock climbing if I wasn't always climbing on counters as a little kid, I can comfortably sleep almost anywhere, I'm the perfect size for a crew coxswain, and, of course, I have natural talent at hide-and-seek. Which is important.
If you have a good short joke I want hear it. I love them. I swear I'm not being sarcastic.
(If I sound like someone you'd want to talk to or meet or whatever, you also might want to read some of the explanations to the questions I've answered. They give you a sense of some of my opinions on things. I especially tried to explain a lot of my answers to the sex and dating ones, since those can be sorta touchy subjects and it's good to be clear about stuff.)