Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Upon criticizing Chuck Palahanuik for relying too much on shock
value, a friend stated that I was too judgmental [of literature]. I
said that was my #2 personality trait. She retorted "#1 is
obviously your charming wit, #2 is you are a giant BUTT. I think
you have your new tagline for your [okcupid] profile."
I'm a "dirty hippy, without the dirt." Points if you catch the
I love to play guitar, but I mostly play for myself. And sometimes
for my friends, but only if they promise not to throw things at me.
I rarely get to play for my friends. I also like to sing while I'm
playing guitar, in part because I'm not very good at singing, so I
can I just play my guitar louder to cover it up. I also bought a
banjo with hopes that I would learn to play it, and I started
taking lessons, but then I stopped. My friends and I are making it
a point to set aside time for creative endeavors, though, and I
feel that will allow me to concentrate on the banjo again.
I was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2004 - 2006 in the Republic of
Kiribati (don't worry, I'd never heard of it either). My assignment
was Public Health and Community Development, and I wish that I
could say I taught one quarter as much as I learned. Though it had
its ups and downs, I really enjoyed my time as a volunteer and
would ultimately love to do something similar for a living...though
preferably I would get paid to do it.
I love Minneapolis with all my heart, although I'm not sure I'm
ready to make it my permanent home. But, as a friend once told me,
"Not all roots hold you down."
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I work at a place called The Nerdery (I know, right?). We build
websites. Though I'm not necessarily passionate about computers and
technology, I enjoy both and have a knack for understanding them.
There's a list of 101 awesome things about working at the Nerdery
you can google if you want to, but here are three: 1) No dress code
whatsoever 2) Free continental breakfast, soda, energy drinks and
BEER every day 3) Unlimited sick days.
I enjoy recognizing the beauty of a moment. As humans, we tend to
vocally recognize when something is shitty, but rarely when we are
feeling good do we pull a Vonnegut and "exclaim or murmur or think
at some point, 'If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'"
While I'm mostly happy with my life, I enjoy pursuing things to
make it better.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Making people feel good about themselves, but not in a sappy
touchy-feely way. I use a lot of self-deprecating humor, but not to
the point where it affects my self-esteem or it seems like I'm
fishing for compliments. If sarcastic bearded men who make fun of
sarcastic, bearded men cheer you up, then you should probably send
me a message.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My beard, because it is awesome.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
My favorite band of all time is Pearl Jam, but as I get a little
older I find myself trending toward a more raw, organic type of
music. My current obsession is bluegrass and folk, with particular
emphasis on The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and those down
home Duluth thrash-grassers Trampled by Turtles.
I used to read a lot. I still read a lot, but I used to, too (RIP,
Mitch Hedberg). Recent favorites include John Irving's "Last Night
in Twisted River" (a welcome return to form), and George R.R.
Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series (at the risk of sounding
like a hipster, I've been reading those books since the mid 90s).
My favorite book of all time -- which is quite a statement -- is
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael
I love Indian food, and though I haven't come close to perfecting
the art I do enjoy cooking for groups of people. While I don't cook
for just myself often enough, I am making it a point to do so more
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I've learned that you can do without a lot of things you think you
can't, but to answer the SPIRIT of the question:
1. Books, including comic books. Hot, I know
2. My bike
3. The world wide supherhighway of information
4. Peanut butter
5. Meaningful social interaction
6. My friends, even if it does sound super cliche and boring.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
What the world would look like if another animal had developed our
wonderfully fatty brains and become the dominant species. What
society would be like if our environment was significantly
different, and how we would look different based upon our
adaptations to that environment.
I also spend a lot of time thinking about social justice, politics,
Time Lords, banjos and Batman.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Are there typical Friday nights? I like to stay in and relax on
Friday or go to small social gatherings. Saturdays are my nights to
get crazy, if I feel like getting crazy.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I get more upset than I care to admit about the way that "quixotic"
is pronounced in English.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
This is the most romantic song you've ever heard:
Who are you looking for?
This helps us know who to show you on OkCupid.