To say that I love music would be an understatement. Music is my life force and often embodies my emotional state. I love discovering new, weird, and obscure songs and bands, and I used to review albums of all genres (ask me about the time I interviewed a band at the Ambassador of Iceland's house).
Fun fact: I recently won a "Geekiest Listener" contest held by one of my favorite podcasts in which listeners were asked to describe their geekiness in a single sentence. Winning that contest and hearing my sentence being read on air made me feel so honored and happy!
I highly value logic, reasoning, science, and just general knowledge about the world and people around me. Willful ignorance, lack of critical thinking, and pseudoscience are some of my biggest pet peeves. But, I also try to be as objective and open to other people's beliefs as possible, and I love having science-based philosophical arguments. For instance, do you believe in free will or not? I find compelling arguments in either direction.
I also enjoy reading books nonprofessionally (currently reading Green Mars and Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs), and I do a lot casual reading on the internet for both pleasure and intellectual stimulation, which often go hand-in-hand. Some websites I love are Smithsonian.com, Science-Based Medicine, SMBC... basically, anything thought-provoking or funny that begins with an S sound.
I work out a lot and try to mix up my routine with a wide variety of exercises so that I'm always challenging my physical limits. Participating in advanced Pilates and resistance band classes at work has really helped me develop greater body awareness, core strength, and flexibility. When not in a class, I take full advantage of my office's free fitness facility during my lunch break. I've also studied various styles of martial arts on and off for over 20 years and am currently practicing Muay Thai.
My hand–eye coordination is pretty on point, despite occasional bouts of slapstickesque clumsiness, but it only comes in handy for catching receipts or dollar bills flying off an outdoor table on a windy day.
I'm also very good at improvising silly stories on the spot. Give me three random nouns, and I'll come up with something ridiculous and amusing.
I love karaoke and am known to randomly interject bits of song into conversation. I'm also a pretty competent drummer, but I mostly play alone on an electronic kit in my apartment.
Some have also described me as being pathologically honest. I don't know if that's something to brag about, but I have no poker face whatsoever and strive to be very upfront with my thoughts and feelings—tactfully so.
My aunt, uncle, and cousins often tell me how much I look and act like Shawn Spencer, the main character from Psych. I've not seen much of Psych, but I've been informed that this comparison is a good thing.
At work, people are oddly allured by my ceramic coffee cup with the spoon built into the handle, so much so that I wonder if my mug (the coffee one) should be my main profile photo instead of my mug (the face one).
Here's a few random musicians I've gotten into in the past year or so: Ravi Coltrane, Archers of Loaf, Deerhunter, Run the Jewels, Avi Avital, The Sword, Battles, Googoosh, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Flying Lotus, and Hüsnü Senlendirici.
And now the typical, boring lists of favorites…
Movies - Die Hard, 12 Angry Men, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, Mother, The Avengers, Spirited Away, The Searchers, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Alien(s), and most anything by Quentin Tarantino, Terry Gilliam, The Coen Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, and Akira Kurosawa
Books - American Gods, The Immortal Iron Fist, Ender's Game, Slaughterhouse-Five, Dreams from My Father, Little Big Man, Mules & Men, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Song of Ice and Fire, Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours, and French comics (Les Aventures de Tintin, Astérix, etc.)
TV - The Walking Dead, The Wire, Bob's Burgers, Day Break, The Venture Bros., Mystery Science Theater 3000, Arrested Development, Cowboy Bebop, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Band of Brothers, Seinfeld, and the original Dark Shadows
Podcasts - The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, Inquiring Minds, TBTL, Slate's Political Gabfest, and Doug Loves Movies
Food - Anything associated with brunch, salads, noodle-based dishes, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Caribbean, Peruvian, Italian, Chinese, and Thai
1) My life's soundtrack
2) A sense of humor about life's ridiculousness: I find that I'm better at just about everything when I can laugh about it.
3) A breezy, improvisational attitude
4) Intellectual curiosity
6) All the other normal, mundane stuff everyone else lists: friends and family, my iPhone, some guy named "Chester" (seriously, he's popular), etc.
- I grew up in a super nerdy family playing complex strategy games and role-playing games with my dad (I still play lots of board games); laughing at horrible B movies; and watching British TV, like Monty Python, Red Dwarf, and old school Doctor Who.
- I don't believe in so-called "guilty pleasures." If something makes you happy, enjoy the hell out of it and don't worry about what other people think (unless your guilty pleasure is puppy punting or something like that). Example: I think Nicki Minaj's music is a horrible, but I unashamedly love "Beez in the Trap" and "Anaconda" and will randomly find myself singing bits of them in my head (maybe sometimes out loud?).
You practice the improvisational art of "Yes, and…" in everyday life.
You're interested in having a fitness companion. (I've recently rediscovered the value of stretches and other exercises for which you need a partner.)
You'd like to go for long walks and explore some of DC's hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems, like Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown, the Tidal Basin, one of DC's many fine museums, or some random restaurant you've always wanted to try.
You'd like to explore non-DC cities as well. I recently took a solo vacation to Austin on a whim. It was a lot of fun, but it would have been even better to share the experience with someone.
You love music and know of some awesome/obscure musicians, albums, or songs you'd like to share.
If you think you can beat me in Scrabble or Bananagrams, I'd like to see you try, he said boastfully.